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OK, I am trying to be realistic now. I dont really see the New Turner or Ellsworth happing anytime soon. I just cant convience myself (ok, my wife) that spending the same amount of money on a Bike as we did on her Mini-van is a good idea. I am going to purchase a new bike, and it will be from a local shop. I am going to make sure I demo the Specialized, Trek (and GF), and Cannondale's that will be out at the FTF this weekend, and will try and hit the Giant Demo next Sunday afternoon.
 
I will probably settle for a bike in the low $2k price range and may even look at a Demo or model year Close-out. The best riding, best equipped bike will win.....
 
I am looking for a Full suspension bike that will handle my size (Clyde 260lb range), ride smooth, be verstile, and be easy to maintain.
 
Any suggestions and/or tips will be appriciated... 

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Re: Darrin's Quest for his Next (Not NEXT- as in Wal-mart) Mountain Bike
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2009, 11:24:54 AM »
I really liked my Gary Fisher hardtail when I had it, and almost bought a Hi-Fi pro. Out of the options given that would be my pick. Giant looks good on paper too but I don't really like the way they look - but of course you can't see how the bike looks when you're riding it anyway so who cares.


inb4 buy another specialized


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Re: Darrin's Quest for his Next (Not NEXT- as in Wal-mart) Mountain Bike
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2009, 11:26:00 AM »
Get a Used Turner

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Re: Darrin's Quest for his Next (Not NEXT- as in Wal-mart) Mountain Bike
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2009, 11:27:55 AM »
$2k wouldn't get you a used turner unless it was all beat to hell like a 6 month old specialized.


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Re: Darrin's Quest for his Next (Not NEXT- as in Wal-mart) Mountain Bike
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2009, 11:31:28 AM »
Turner Burner was replaced in 99 by a new model.  That bike is 10 years old.  Would be wary of buying a 10 year old bike off of ebay.
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Re: Darrin's Quest for his Next (Not NEXT- as in Wal-mart) Mountain Bike
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2009, 11:35:03 AM »
Turner Sultan in the classifieds :)
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Re: Darrin's Quest for his Next (Not NEXT- as in Wal-mart) Mountain Bike
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2009, 12:39:57 PM »
OK, Just to clarify... I will be buying a NEW bike... not a used bike. I want the problems i have with it be from MY riding, not the last guy who owned it. Not interested in used anything anymore. My last 5 bikes have been used and it is time to have my bike be something that is set up for me..
 
I liked the 2 GF's I had except the fact they were not the proper size for me.. (XL and MED). I will be trying out the Hi-Fi's and maybe will even give the 29er's a try since there are plenty of choices now in Full-suspension and it looks as if most Manufacturers have figured out the stearing problems..
 
The Turner and Ells are just far too expensive for me and like I said, dont want to deal with someone elses old bike anymore...

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Re: Darrin's Quest for his Next (Not NEXT- as in Wal-mart) Mountain Bike
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2009, 12:47:42 PM »
29er or 26er?  (sorry if I missed that).  I liked the Hifi but it felt really over damped to me.  I wanted something that soaked the bumps up just a little more.  I wanted to try the rumblefish but they were not available yet.  Rumblefish seems like it would be an awesome trail bike.  The new specialized bikes are getting great reviews also.  I think if you stick with one of those brands you will not go wrong.


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Re: Darrin's Quest for his Next (Not NEXT- as in Wal-mart) Mountain Bike
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2009, 12:52:12 PM »
29er or 26er?  (sorry if I missed that).  I liked the Hifi but it felt really over damped to me.  I wanted something that soaked the bumps up just a little more.  I wanted to try the rumblefish but they were not available yet.  Rumblefish seems like it would be an awesome trail bike.  The new specialized bikes are getting great reviews also.  I think if you stick with one of those brands you will not go wrong.

BC, I had a 29er HT and was not happy with it. It was a 1st Generation Cannondale Caffiene, so that may have been the problem. I will make sure I Demo some of the new GF and Spec 29er Full suspensions this weekend to see if they fit me well. I have a very bad back so I really missed a Full suspension when I had the 29er and the stearing was aweful.

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Re: Darrin's Quest for his Next (Not NEXT- as in Wal-mart) Mountain Bike
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2009, 12:57:21 PM »
29ers have come a long way.  1st gen 29ers don't compare to current offerings. 
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Re: Darrin's Quest for his Next (Not NEXT- as in Wal-mart) Mountain Bike
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2009, 01:14:45 PM »
You can get very good deals on '09's right now.  I would suggest a Maestro suspension Trance X, or similar.  I had a Reign and a Trance X, and loved the suspension.  Neither ever creaked or gave me issues.  If you are looking for a FS 29er, i would suggest the Voodoo Canzo, not sure what else you could pick up at that price point.  Good luck.
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Re: Darrin's Quest for his Next (Not NEXT- as in Wal-mart) Mountain Bike
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2009, 02:26:39 PM »
Go with a 29er Hardtail if you want low maintenance..........Full susensions are alot of work to maintain

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Re: Darrin's Quest for his Next (Not NEXT- as in Wal-mart) Mountain Bike
« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2009, 02:37:14 PM »
Go with a 29er Hardtail if you want low maintenance..........Full susensions are alot of work to maintain

You missed the part about how I HATED my 29er Ht... Bad back requires a Full Suspension...

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Re: Darrin's Quest for his Next (Not NEXT- as in Wal-mart) Mountain Bike
« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2009, 04:42:18 PM »
Here is what I plan on Demoing on Friday and Saturday at Alafia if they have these out there:
 
GF = Hi-Fi 29er, Rumble Fish, Roscoe (only 26er they make now?)
 
Trek = Fuel EX 5.5, 6.5, and 7
 
Specialized = FSRxc pro, Stumpjumper, Epic
 
Cannondale = RZ or whatever....
 
 
It looks like if I want a Hi-Fi 26er I will have to find a 09 close-out since it looks like GF will only be making 29ers very soon...

 

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