Sub $2500 FS Suggestions

Shaggz

A strong 7
Need to purchase a new bike ASAFP, and any suggestions would be appreciated. Ride Northern NJ trails, no big drops, but aggressive XC/All mountain riding style. Replacing a C-Dale Jekyll, and my short list contains the Rush, Giant Trance or Reign.
 

Jason

JORBA Board Member/Chapter Leader
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You know my suggestion assuming the funds are there. Turner 5 spot!! :)
 

bonefishjake

Strong like bull, smart like tractor
Team MTBNJ Halter's
i know people bash trek constantly, but i've had nothing but good things with my ex7. i started riding the bike when i was about 250ish and it took all i could give it. now that i'm under 210, it should be even better.
 

Shaggz

A strong 7
jake, thanks for the trek info. my first mtb was a trek antelope (6300 i think?), and i switched to c-dale after that.
 

Shaggz

A strong 7
I am leaning towards the reign, but i just love the lefty. The rush is off the radar, but the prophet popped up again last night. I will also be looking at the stump jumper fsr, and will give jay's heckler a spin.

Problem w/c-dale is that they load a good frame with a great fork, but tend to have cr*ppier componets (i've owned 3 so far). In the past, I have run into costly trouble in the replacement/upgrade arena because of proprietary specs (the 4-bolt rotor issue for my jekyll brake repalcement) or having to replace cr*ppy CODA components with more-expensive cr*ppy CODA components.

Will this next bike be c*dale? 50/50. Why? Becasue I am a glutten for punishment, and I just love the lefty.
 
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DANSPANK

Guest
I have a Mountain Cycle Fury with a manitou minute up front and a 5th Element under my bum. I've never actually weighed the bike but it's quite burly and so likely a bit of a chubster - but it's not going to break anytime soon.

i must admit that I haven't managed to set the suspension correctly for all of the stones up here and tend to get my teeth rattled on the down slopes but with a single pivot suspension at least I haven't clanged my non-existene chainstay!

But I have bent my break rotor!!

So perhaps don't listen to me then!
 

Shaggz

A strong 7
We Have a Winner

Pulling the trigger on a '06 Giant Trance 2 :cool:. Hopefully I can pick it up tomorrow from Cycle Works in Byram. YTC thanks for the insight.
 

Jason

JORBA Board Member/Chapter Leader
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smarencik said:
Pulling the trigger on a '06 Giant Trance 2 :cool:. Hopefully I can pick it up tomorrow from Cycle Works in Byram. YTC thanks for the insight.

Awesome!

When are we riding this weekend?
 

ytc100

New Member
Sweet! Glad I could help. I agree with some other posters about c'dale proprietary components being a hassle. I've had a very good experience with the Reba fork and hopefully you will too.
 

Shaggz

A strong 7
Thanks! I spoke to John, and they are making diamond plated shock guards for the Trance - should be around $40, where the carbon goes for $85. Now let's hope that delivery comes in today - I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve!!!!
 

ytc100

New Member
The shock is more exposed on the '06 frames so I guess they're making a cover to help protect it.

Although I don't think it needs to be plated with diamonds. :)
 

Jason

JORBA Board Member/Chapter Leader
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smarencik said:
Picking it up tonight - :cool:
Sweet! Now none of this not signing on the computer for hours and hours. We want pictures as soon as you get home. ;)
 

Shaggz

A strong 7
Bike is awesome! Didn't have enough time to shoot some porn for the site - back from the shop late. Specced out well, race race face stem/handlebar/ crank/seatpost, sram shifters and rd, xt fd, hayes discs, reba fork, fox rp3, wtb saddle and mavic 317 rims.

The welds look cool. A little disaapointed in the finsih - some blemishes beneath the clear coat - but hey, it's a mountain bike! Color ain't the worst (burnt orange), but it ain't the best (or sh*t brown) either. I'm probably gonna spin kvsp tonight to see how it really rides!
 

Shaggz

A strong 7
ytc100 said:
The shock is more exposed on the '06 frames so I guess they're making a cover to help protect it.

Although I don't think it needs to be plated with diamonds. :)
Scott- the bike is AWESOME! We go big in sussex, so i got the diamond bling too ;)
 

ytc100

New Member
New Ride

I was wondering how you were liking your new ride. Glad it's working out. Looking foward to riding with you guys sometime.
 

Jason

JORBA Board Member/Chapter Leader
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carl said:
Post some pics of that beast! :)
I had a chance to see that thing in action and it looks like a solid bike. I'm still amazed by the weight.
 
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