Elitest thrill junkie
Got a friend in Georgia that is looking for a heavy AM/light FR bike. You know, what most of us (except Yetisurley) ride around a lot of the time. He can spend about $2000-$3000, which gets him into a pretty nice catagory. He really likes the Giant Reign X2, and while it doesn't have the best parts on it, it seems to be a good mix of a sturdy bike plus good suspension and not very expensive ($2200). Wondering if anyone locally here has any ideas or leads. As an example, Trek makes the Scratch series, which seems to be what he wants, nice sturdy bike with a FD, but the Scratch 7 is somewhere around $3700, and it's the cheapest one they make. Another example would be Specialized, who used to make the Enduro SX trail, but now they've split the Enduro models and made the regular Enduros lighter and less beefy, and they've made the SX trail heavier and more beefy, kind of leaving out the "middle ground" like they used to have before. An RFX would be a great type of bike, although there aren't many frames left, he needs a pre-built bike, and the frame can't be too expensive given how much he has to spend.