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I recently moved to Northern VA. I travel a lot throughout the exact states in this thred. Looking to get a new bike, but I can't decide what to get as I am somewhat unfamiliar with the trails. Looking at 29ers and some 27.5 midfats. Help would be appreciated.
 

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That's a pretty generic list of wants. Hard to suggest anything. I personally would go with a 120-130mm 29er. Love my Ripley.
What bikes have you ridden? Just about everyone makes a mid travel 29er so it comes down to what YOU like.

I personally didn't like the way my Specialized rode. Loved my TBc but had one grip with it. My Ripley is the happy medium for me between Santa Cruz VPP and Specialized FSR that I've ridden.
 

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Have you ever thought of a Fatty? It soaks up a good bit of the hits and really inspires confidence. I ride my Farley7 almost exclusively now for trails. Put a suspension fork on it with 27.5x3.8 tires on it and it is GREAT! Kind of like riding on velcro. A real traction monster. I have a Cannondale flash that mostly collects dust now. Have seen some good deals on some used Farley 6's lately on Fat bike trader. Not for all but hey worth a look.... Just sayin!
 

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I haven't looked at any 3.8 fattys but I have been looking at some midfats. The new trek roscoe 8 specifically. Seems like a lot of bike for a good price
 

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Have you ever thought of a Fatty? It soaks up a good bit of the hits and really inspires confidence. I ride my Farley7 almost exclusively now for trails. Put a suspension fork on it with 27.5x3.8 tires on it and it is GREAT! Kind of like riding on velcro. A real traction monster. I have a Cannondale flash that mostly collects dust now. Have seen some good deals on some used Farley 6's lately on Fat bike trader. Not for all but hey worth a look.... Just sayin!
Meant to reply to you. See above post.
 

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I work at a Trek dealer P/T and the roscoe is a pretty nice bike for the price. I would try to swing the Stache though. The 29+ is sweet. Try to demo both and while you are at it see if you can demo a Farley. All three are nice. I am biased as I totally love the Farley. Some dealers have demo days and may be some in your area. We sell both Trek and Cannondale in my shop. I have also seen some deals on a Stache on Craigslist.
 

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What would be your home trials, you ride most often? Also if you give us some mesurments someone may have a bike they'll part with used.
 

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If you don't know, take a guess, but what would your riding style be? You think you'll be trying to hit jumps and drops? Aggressive riding style or you just want something to get you out on the trails, but not necessarily rail up and down everything?
 

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At your price point, I would look at some 650b+ hardtails. I'm seeing lots of mid-fat bikes (hardtail and FS) on trail locally and people seem to like them for non-competitive riding.

Nothing in NoVA really requires a FS bike. Though if you venture out to GWNF or the 'Shed, it definitely makes life better.
 

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Think I am going to hold out for this fall/winter and test some more bikes and maybe save up to get something a little better next Spring. I'd like to see some of the trails and decide what kind of riding i really want to do. Thanks to the input!
 
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