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Two Choices:

2005 RM ETSX-70 Frame
Built up with:

-SRAM 9.0 derailleur, chain, trigger shifters and cassette (13-34).
-2004 Race Face Evolve XC crankset with Race Face 110 matching BB. (24-34-44)
-No pedals
-Kore XC 2014 Alum riser Bar
-Easton EA70 0 degree 120mm stem
-Cane Creek C2 headset
-Hayes Mag Comp Hydraulic Discs (160mm)
-2004 Marathon SL 120.
-Race Face Prodigy seatpost, 27.2mm
-Selle San Marco Arami seat
-WTB Motoraptor 2.4 tires, lightly used OR 2.1 Hutchison Mosquitos (new)
-XT 6 bolt hubs
-XT Fr Der, top pull bottom swing
-regular ol' Oury grips
-Mavic 717 Disc Rims, 3x 14 guage DT spokes, both wheels - hand built.

OR

2004 Gary Fisher Cake 1 DLX custom deep blue paint

Manitou Minute Two
Full XT with King Headset, Thomson Seatpost and Race Lite Disc Wheelset

The ETSX is heavier by about 2 pounds (with 2.1" tires. 4 pounds heavier with 2.4" tires), has adjustable travel up to 4.5", but lower-end components.
The Cake is lighter, has fixed 5" travel, and has a King headset and Thomson seatpost.

Any ideas or experiences with the bikes? Which is better for trail riding in the Northeast. I'm moving myself up the travel ladder from a 3" Fuel 95 to something with about 5". Also, since I am trading my Fuel for either one of these bikes, which is a better deal? Thanks.
 
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