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Thanks for any help anyone is willing to provide. I am looking to spend under $1000 on a new fs bike. The best I have been able to come up with seem to be either a

Motobecane Fantom Trail Ds $799

Frame TripleActive 4B, 3"/4"/5" Travel - Four Bar Rocker Arm. Gussetted SL 7005 Aluminum (Disc Brake Equipped) SuperSmooth Sealed Cartridge Bearings at critical pivots, replaceable rear derailleur hanger
Fork/Rear Shock RockShox DART3 ADJUSTABLE REBOUND (120MM) TurnKey LOCKOUT / KS AXIS CoilOver with LOCKOUT
Crankset FSA Dyna-Drive 22/32/44T
Bottom Bracket FSA Powerdrive BB-8420 Sealed Bearing
Pedals FREE Gravity DualStage Clipless/Platform
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano LX long cage
Shifters Shimano Deore Rapid Fire 27 speed trigger shift
Cassette/Freewheel Shimano HG cassette 9 speed 11-32T
Chain Z9000 super narrow 9 speed
Hubs Gravity Sealed Bearing for Disc with Quick Release
Spokes Double Butted Stainless steel
Rims WTB SpeedDisc doublewall aluminum
Tires/Tubes Panaracer FireXC PRO 26x2.1 / Presta Valve
Brakes Avid BB5 Mechanical Disc front and rear, 160mm rotor
Brake Levers Avid FR5 for Disc brakes
Headset Ritchey Sealed Bearing threadless 1 1/8 inch
Handlebar Ritchey Rizer SC Butted Aluminum 6061 T6
Stem Ritchey Comp Aluminum threadless
Tape/Grip WTB DualCompound
Saddle WTB SpeedV
Seat Post Ritchey Comp Mountain 31.6mm aluminum
Seat Post Clamp Super Light Aluminum
Sizes Small/42c fits up to 5'8", Medium/47c fits up to 6', Large/52c fits 6'1" and taller





Iron horse warrior 6.0 $899

Frame: 5" TRAVEL TRAIL DUAL SUSPENSION, SINGLE PIVOT W/ SEALED BEARINGS, 1-1/8" ZERO STACK HEADTUBE, REPLACEABLE DERAILLEUR HANGER, INTERNATIONAL DISC BRAKE MOUNT
Fork: ROCK SHOX TORA 289, U-TURN 85MM-130MM TRAVEL
Rear Shock: SR/SUNTOUR RS-8 EPICON AIR, 7.5"X2"
Front Derailleur: SUN RACE FDM90, 34.9MM CLAMP
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X.5 TRIGGER
Shifters: SRAM X.5 TRIGGER
Brakes Levers: HAYES STROKER RYDE
Brakes: HAYES STROKER RYDE (Hyrdaulic)
Chain: KMC Z72
Crankset: FSA ALPHA DRIVE, 15-17"=170MM, 19-21"=175MM
Cassette: SRAM PG-850, 11/34T, 8 SPEED
Pedals: CRANK BROTHERS CANDY CLIPLESS BLACK/GREY
Bottom Bracket: FSA POWER DRIVE, 73X113MM
Headset: NO 10, ZEROSTACK
Saddle: WTB PURE V SPORT
Seat Post: EASTON EA30, 30.0MM
Handlebar: EASTON EA30, LOW RISE, 685MM, 31.8MM CLAMP
Grips: VELO VLG-311 125MM, BLACK KRATON
Stem: EASTON EA30, 31.8MM CLAMP
Tires: WTB WEIRWOLF, 2.35" FRONT/2.1" REAR
Wheelset: WTB SX24, 32H/ALLOY DISC, 32H
Weight: 34.72 (17")
Color: WHITE SATIN


or a Iron Horse Sachem 4.0 (All Mountain) $849

Frame: 6" TRAVEL ALL MOUNTAIN DUAL SUSPENSION, SINGLE PIVOT W/ SEALED BEARINGS, 1-1/8" ZERO STACK HEADTUBE, REPLACEABLE DERAILLEUR HANGER, INTERNATIONAL DISC BRAKE MOUNT
Fork: MARZOCCHI Z.1 SPORT, 160MM TRAVEL
Rear Shock: FOX VANILLA R 7.875"X2.25"
Front Derailleur: SUN RACE FD, 34.9MM CLAMP
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X.5
Shifters: SRAM X.5 TRIGGER
Brakes Levers: HAYES STROKER RIDE
Brakes: HAYES STROKER RIDE
Chain: KMC Z72
Crankset: FSA DYNA DRIVE, 170MM
Cassette: SRAM PG-830, 11-32T, 8 SPEED
Pedals:
Bottom Bracket: FSA POWER DRIVE, 73X118MM
Headset: NO 10, ZEROSTACK
Saddle: WTB PURE-V SPORT
Seat Post: ALLOY, 30.0MM
Handlebar: ALLOY RISER, 31.8MM CLAMP
Grips: BLACK GRIPS
Stem: ALLOY ALL MTN, 31.8MM CLAMP
Tires: WTB PROWLER XT, 2.3" FRONT & REAR
Wheelset: WTB DUAL DUTY FR, 32H/ALLOY DISC, 32H
Weight: 37.9 LBS (17")
Color: BLACK


Thx again for any help.
 

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For the $1000 and under market, I would really recommend against FS bikes. The components you get will be of a lower quality and the suspension design will be marginal at best. You will get a much higher quality ride from a $1000 hardtail.

In an effort to answer your question, of the three you have listed I guess I would go for the Motobecane - primarily because ironhorse is no longer made (out of business). I would really like a 4th option of a nice hardtail that I would pick over the original 3 though.
 

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006 007. thx for your input. can you tell me if there are major advantages to having full suspension??? I am a beginner, but am really looking to get into the semi extreme as far as jumps and all that fun stuff goes. I am looking for a good bike with fs, but I am more than happy to upgrade components as time goes by. I guess I really just need a great frame that has decent components for now. I should have mentioned that in the beggining. I am pretty excited about my first purchase.
 

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If your looking to get into semi-extreme jumping hop over to the freeride/dh section and check out what hardtails have been suggested. I would also say go with a hardtail or a used one off craigslist.
 

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Iron Horse is gone. Bikesdirect seems to be doing well.

For under $1000 I would recommend a hardtail. You will have much more fun on a good hardtail then on a entry level FS.

If you are looking to get into jumps, get a DJ bike and some solid components - like a through axle fork. You can assemble one for under $1K - or find one used. You can build on up based on something like Sette Shadow frame, Marzocchi DJ fork, Deore/Singletrack - or Hope Hoops 5.1d wheels, SLX drivetrain, Avid BB7 brakes. I just build one up like that - but with single speed setup, to ride with my kid in a child seat - but later it will be pressed for its intended use.
 
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