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*edit again* Read post #6, I bought a Specialized FSR XC Comp Disc at the LBS. Any opinions are appreciated.

I used to be a regular around here for years a long time ago. Got my hardtail stolen way back when and kinda left the scene. Well it's time for another bike. For the most part I'm looking at hardtils in the 400-700 range again, but the IBEX Ignition 2 caught my eye. A FS with a Marzocchi fork and a Shimano drivetrain didn't sound too bad... So what's wrong with it lol.

A good portion of my riding is going to be on a 30mile paved trail system that runs through Indianapolis and just happens to cut through my neighborhood. There well also be some singletrack with a lil terrain (stairs etc) thrown in a couple times a year for good measure.
I'm 6'2.5 211lb btw.

Any info is appreciated, thanks for your time!

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Link to the Ignition 2

http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/IGN-2-Details.html
 

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Ibex has a pretty good rep arround here for good bikes, great prices. Some of their higher end stuff looks killer, and guys like Dogonfr and Call_Me_Clyde recomend them alot, as they have had good experiences with em.

That said, Marz fork = suntour made. not the best out there
Shimano drivetrain = some cheap stuff.

Honestly, just about anyone here will tell you if you arent going used, at that price range HT is the way to go. You will do better with a decent fork and drivetrain any day of the week, plus you will mostly be doing paved, which again lends itself to HT.

good luck in your decision.

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For the most part I'm looking at hardtils in the 400-700 range again, but the IBEX Ignition 2 caught my eye. A FS with a Marzocchi fork and a Shimano drivetrain didn't sound too bad...
A good portion of my riding is going to be on a 30mile paved trail system that runs through Indianapolis and just happens to cut through my neighborhood. There well also be some singletrack with a lil terrain (stairs etc) thrown in a couple times a year for good measure.
I'm 6'2.5 211lb btw.
Get a hardtail. It sounds like a FS bike will be overkill for what you'll be riding.

Ibex has some nicely spec'd hartails in your budget. Also check out your local shops and see what they carry.
 

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Yea, I think that's kinda what I needed to hear actually. I am just heading out sometime in the next hour to do the LBS tour... Hoping to find some deals on older models, we'll see.

Unfortunately Ibex appears to not carry the alpine 650 in a 21" so I'd be looking at a 550 or less atm... We'll see what the LBS has to offer. I'll report back after that. Keep the ideas coming. Thanks for the tips guys.
 

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Buy a nice hardtail

For the money you want to spend, skip the Ignition buy a nice hardtail. Given your weight, the fork on the Alpine series is going to flex, so I'm saying steer away from it, too. For the paved path stuff it might be OK but off road it will show it's limitations. Stairs on that fork?? At your weight, I hope you have a good dental plan. At the risk of souding like a broken record, you need a beefier fork, preferably dual coil springs with 30 or 32mm stanchions. Here's a nice place to start if you don't need discs:

http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=12992&bikeTab=techspec

Same bike with discs is $880. For my money, it would be worth saving up to get the bike with discs, but know that it might not be in the cards for you.

Best wishes in your search for a good bike.

Bob
 

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Well I settled on a bike at one of the local shops. I rode everything I could find and really liked the feel of a '06 Specialized FSR XC Comp Disc. After working on the manager for a while I got it down from $1499 to $1100. A bit more than I was planning on, but it won't break me :D

Anyone tried one of these? I have a month to return it if I'm not feeling it he said. Once again any info is appreciated : )
 

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Excellent bike for the money. and you got it for a good price, too. You should be more than happy with it. The lockout features will be nice for the paved trails, and you'll have the suspension for off road. A good bike to grow into.
 

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good foundation on which to build

the frame is solid and proven; parts are decidedly not top end. It should ride well for you and it's a good bike. Very upgradeable as parts wear out.

One thing to watch out for: the BB height is low: 321 millimeter = 12.637 795 276 inch [international, U.S.]

So if you ride technical trails with lots of rocks and roots, you may encounter tagging pedals and chain ring more often than your buddies with higher BBs. But heck, that's sure not the end of the world.

enjoy your new ride.

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Nice assessment by JimC

JimC. said:
the frame is solid and proven; parts are decidedly not top end. It should ride well for you and it's a good bike. Very upgradeable as parts wear out.

enjoy your new ride.

Jim
This pretty much sums it up for me. Overpriced at $1500, IMO. Very nice deal at $1100, though. Nice work. Enjoy the bike.

Bob
 

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Awesome, thanks a ton for the reassurance. Always nice to hear after a big purchase. Thanks for taking the time to help me out : )
 
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