Brown Dog said:
looking to buy a new bike and would like to spend around $2000-$2500 on something I would not need to upgrade too much in the next few years, other than rutine check-ups. A bike shop mentioned the Klein Palomino? not sure about Klein.
I have been looking at the SC Ultralight and the Gary Fisher Cake2 DLX. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I am riding cross-country and downhill with an empasis on woods and trail riding, maybe a few four foot drops.
You can get a lot of bike for $2500. I would recommend a Specialized Enduro before the other two. The SC will be racy and the Fisher isn't getting to many good reviews (BB too high, feels "tippy" or something like that). The Palomino is nice, but not so oriented for downhill stuff. Klein is a good company, though. The Enduro has adjustable geometry. You might think about the Cannondale Jekyll too. You can also get a Blur in that price range. So there you have four-bar, single pivot and VPP. What's best? Hard to say. The Enduro gets nothing but rave reviews as well as the Blur. For the Jekyll, I'd say it matters what model you get. If you're all about "Buy USA", Cannondale is for you.
All that being said, you could find a good used bike in the classifieds, like an Ellsworth (Isis, Joker), Intense (Tracer), or Titus (Loco-Moto). Those bikes give you 4+ inches of travel, while the Joker and Loco are adjustable, single pivot designs that pedal well. They also won't break the bank, if you get them used.
It's always a tough decision! Good Luck!