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Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by jaffro, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. jaffro

    jaffro Chimp

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    I know this is a difficult question, but I'm looking for the all around bike. Been looking for a bike to do some cross country and more towards the freeride "light downhill" whatever that means, but definitely needs to be able to go up hills. Right now I'm considering the Yeti AS-X with the DHX air, Specialized Enduro or Enduro SX trail, and the Santa Cruz Nomad. So many options I'm going a bit crazy. Any help much appreciated.
     

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  2. mcA896

    mcA896 Turbo Monkey

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    nomad. never ridden one, but i hear they are sweet, and mad light with the right build.
     
  3. Castle

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    I'd go Enduro/SXT or Nomad, I think either bike you'll be really happy with.

    The vpp is a little higher maitenance. Pedals awesome.

    The fsr is a little less maitenance and will descend a little better.

    I think you'll be really happy with either rig, I was looking into both of these bikes as well.

    I chose the SXT because I prefer to build even my trail bike with the descent in mind.

    You'll really enjoy either bike and I feel confident saying that.
     
  4. Freerider697

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    I have an ASX and i love it. Mine is with the DHX coil, but still climbs fairly well. The DHX air takes off some weight and would make it easier to climb. I downhill at diablo and ride local trails which are also DH, but require alot of pedaling, the versatlilty was one reason I bought it. Its so adjustable that you could go DH one day and All mountain/Freeride the next.
    www.dropnzone.com
     
  5. SXtrailrider

    SXtrailrider Turbo Monkey

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    how about the intense 6.6 or the ransom from scott
     
  6. sleepinggiant

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    You also may want to look at the 7Point series from Iron Horse, the Reign from Giant or Cannondale's new Prophet MX.
     
  7. Sir_Crackien

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    you are asking for the imposible. i have been in seach of that bike for years and to no avail. i have never found a bike that can do it all.

    but if you must try i think the SC Nomad is by far the best option out there now
     
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    There are a lot of options but every one will leave you wanting something else at some point...I mean I just don't think there is truly one perfect all around bike. You've got a great list so far. I'd say get out and ride them and go with your gut.
     
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    hardtails are oft overlooked in the search for an all around ride, but do really well in most situations.
     
  10. Mani_UT

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    You got to try the turner 6-pack!!
    I use mine for full on XC ride with Xc freaks (go up 3 hours until it gets dark, go down using the paved road.. lol)
    At the same time I also use it for some full on downhill riding (Whislter, Bootleg Canyon, The SLC trails) and the bike takes it all!
    (the bike actually rips downhill)
    Quite amazing really.
     
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    06 Foes Fly
     
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    Ciaran Fear my banana

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    switch, or slayer 06,
     
  14. jaffro

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    Thanks everyone. Mani, I've looked at Turner but they are pretty damn expensive. Freerider 697: how heavy is your ASX? I was thinking it might be a little too beefy seeing as people ride downhill on 'em. Hopefully I'll get a chance to ride the ASX when I get back to Colorado and go try to demo it at the factory. Unitll then I have to sit here and:drool:
     
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  16. zmtber

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    spec. enduro or nomad is your best choice, i vote for enduro over the nomad though
     
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    Check out the Sinister Splinter. It is an amazing bike. I have ridden the Enduro and it is nice, but the Splinter just blew me away. I understand that for 06 they are going to beef up the ER version which could fit the bill perfectly. Trust me, these bikes are works of art!

    www.sinisterbikes.com
     
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    yup...
     
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    The enduro has a lifetime warranty. An enduro sx trail w/ a 36 van or 66 170 would be any awsome do anything bike.
     
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    iron horse 7.9
     
  21. Freerider697

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    If u got the chash, these look really great
     
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    I'm biased, but I would go for the SX trail too. Gotta love the fsr design. It pedals well, and is pretty plush with either a 36 or a 66 up front. Dang and a life time warranty, you can't lose.
     
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    asx. six inch mode, five inch fork. straight seat tube, short stem.

     
  24. bigboy

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    i love my as-x. 7" travel front and back. weighs in at 41 lbs.. has a dhx w/ coil and some big beefy tires on it. i live in upstate ny and do all types of riding with it from downhill to urban..sometimes i do wish it was a bit lighter on climbs but it's definetly built more for freeride/dh. it's a fun bike. it gets my vote.
     
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    The enduro, Nomad, and intense 6.6 all look good to me...
    but since I am poor, I'll just stick with my gemini; does fine.
     
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    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    I just built up a Intense 6.6 and i am loving it, the bike feels great, it totally doesnt feel like you are pedaling a big travel bike..