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Hello. I'm in market for a new AM bike, I'm 5'5" and really lightweight (130) so I'm looking for a light bike, probably a tough 4" XC would also work for me. my budget is around $1600. any suggestions???

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First thing that came to my mind when you said tough 4" trail bike is the Ibex Asta. Its definatly no lightweight and from the pictures I've seen its built up in all the right places to take some abuse. The price is great too.

http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/ASTA-EXP-Details.html
http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/ASTA-PRO-Details.html

Frame Only:
http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/ASTA-FRM-Details.html

I belive DogonFR just built one up a month or so ago, talk to him to see how it is doing for AM riding.

A Marin is also a solid choice. I recently built up a Quad Tara and have been pretty impressed with it so far.
 

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Light, strong and cheap.. pick any two (haven't we all heard this?). For $1600 your not going to get a very light bike that can stand up to real trail riding/All mountain riding/ Aggresive XC/ ye olde freeriding/etc..

I'm about your weight, and although I can't get away with some lighter parts, I still feel a light weight rider can break the same parts as a heavier rider (may just take something bigger or a little longer).

Start with a frame that is light for it's strength and get yuorslef a cheap/mid level build kit. Spend more on fork and frame and then as you get money upgrade to lighter parts.

Other option would be to get a cheap XC racing dually and to slowly make it more suited to trail riding..

Either way.. it will be difficult to get a bike for $1600 below 28lbs without giving up All mountain performance..
 

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bernardo said:
what do you think about cannondale rush 400, specialized stumpjumper fsr and garyfisher cake3 dlx???

bernardo
I've seen the Rush and looks good, but haven't ridden it. The Stumpjumper is a great bike! It has a pretty good handling and lightweight. I just think it's above your budget (msrp is about 2,000), but probably searching here and there you could find a bargain. I don't really know anything about the Cake other than it has a special geometry called Genesis. It might come to fit.

Another options are Giant Trance, Ironhorse Azure or MKVIII, Ibex, Marin.
 

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Dang. I wish people would stop repeating that...

bike_freak said:
Light, strong and cheap.. pick any two (haven't we all heard this?).
... piece of crap advice. There is plenty of light cheap and strong parts out there. You just have to look and use your brain.

I'd say if you're 130#, the, the Specialized FSR 5" bike will work great for you, and breaking stuff won't be an issue.

I've been on a 3.5" stumpy fsr-xc for the last couple years and I've had no issues wtih it, and I rail it down rock gardens, get air and all sorts of stuff... did I mention that I'm over 200#? My bike is built to about 27.5 lbs with chubby tires ATM, but it's closer to 26.5 with race tires.
 

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pimpbot said:
... piece of crap advice. There is plenty of light cheap and strong parts out there. You just have to look and use your brain.
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Only gets repeated because it's "generally" true. There are not so many parts that truly achieve all 3 criteria. I'm sure there are some exceptions, care to name some examples?
 

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$1380 is a super price

I did check the Santa Cruz site because this sounded like a deal that was too good to be true. While the site is a bit confusing and gives you a price of $1876 if you check the bike builder part and put in the same items (RS Tora 302 fork and DX build kit) they definely do list a complete bike for $1380. They must be trying to get rid of the Superlight but that is one good price. I'm tempted myself. Even more tempted by the Powder Coated Heckler for under $900 for the frame and shock.

Hmmmmm.
 
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