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Alright let me just say that I am already obsessed with this sport and I don't even have a bike of my own yet. I am looking to get an all-mountain/ downhill type bike I'm pretty sure. I am 23 yrs old about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. I am new to the sport yet I have grown up riding freestyle bmx and have been riding motocross for the last 3 years. So I am not a newbie to the two wheeled world. but I need some help trying to decide what exactly I want. I rented a Kona Stinky when I was in Mammoth and really really liked it. but I also was shuttled up to the top of the mountain every time. (so i didn't have to worry about pedaling too much) I have been visiting numerous bike shops and getting as much info as possible and have been test riding a few bikes here and there. (in the parking lot) Any suggestions? I really like doing the extreme stuff but i'm kinda limited where i live. I like hitting some big stuff every now and then and doing single track too. and i know i might have to "earn" my downhill occasionally too. I am hoping to stay within $2000 to $2500. Thanks a lot guys.
 

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Well that's a good amount to work with. I wouldn't be able to decide on a rig if I had that much to fork out. Good lukc finding a bike but if I were to spend 2 G's I would buy a Fezzarri.
 

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I rode with a couple guys last week, one had a Santa Cruz Heckler and the other had a Specialized Pitch.
Both are great bikes but I think my Giant Trance X2 is just as good or better.
Do the right thing and test ride as many as you can.
 

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first you need to decide full or hardtail the good thing about fulls are you can do alot... the good thing about hardtails is at first you can only do so much and then you develop skills and can do alot. for 2000 you can get one hell of a bike a trek fuel ex 8 is a great choice for the full suspension and building your own hardtail out of a banshee sirrocco frame or a cotic frame is a good way to go tooo you can learn alot about yourself and bikes in general by building your own bike. I would look also at santacruz and bmc for fullies and the santacruz chameleon is a very versitile hardtail
 

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the pitch is the little bro to the enduro(which is one of the most fun bikes i've ever ridden, it goes up and down amazingly well). but as others have said, test ride everything you can, figure out exactly what you want to do with the bike, and remember that frames and forks are more expensive to upgrade than other parts, and other parts break/wear out much sooner.
 

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There are lots of good bikes in your price range. One thing I would stress is to remember the dealer is important, too. Do they carry a good inventory of mountain bikes? Accessories? What are their service policies? Some shops will install accessories for free If you buy from them. Some have a lifetime tune-up policy, which can be handy when you are first starting out. Some dealers have rides on certain days of the month, which can be a good way to meet other mountain bikers and learn from them.

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