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  1. Rick Charello

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    I’m planning on buying a mountain bike soon. I live in Florida where we have a lot of soft sandy trails but I also like to travel to North Georgia's mountains. I am looking for a “Do-it-all” bike.

    I set aside $4500 and have a lineup of possible options.

    I realize I don’t have a vast knowledge of mountain biking and thus looking for usable input. I understand I could save a lot of money by investing in a hardtail, but I would really prefer a full suspension bike that I do not have to upgrade anytime soon but has the ability to be upgraded.

    My current line-up includes in no particular order:

    Scott Genius 920
    Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 29 -12-Speed
    Canyon Spectral CF 9.0
    Ibis Ripmo
    YT Jeffsy 29
    Niner Rip 9 RDO 2-Star NX Eagle
    Kona Process 153 CR 29

    I would prefer some input on best value for the money, and pro’s & con’s. How would you rank these bikes? I will also take input on other bikes to consider.
     

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  2. rockofullr

    rockofullr confused

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    Jeffsy or Process will be the best bikes for the money. Transition also has great bang for your buck, you should consider their bikes also. I'd include Canyon but I've heard a lot of horror stories with their bikes lately.
     
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    slimshady Turbo Monkey

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    Since you are US based, I'd suggest you to look at the Guerrilla Gravity lineup. I know carbon is the latest bling, but those bikes are awesome, almost custom made, and @mtg -the main man behind the brand- himself wanders in these forums, happy to help.
     
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  4. mtg

    mtg Green with Envy

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    A Trail Pistol would do exactly what you're looking for, and $4500 gets you a pretty dialed setup. There are three build kits (Ride 2, Ride 1, Race), and they are all customizable to get exactly what you want.

    https://ridegg.com/trailpistol
     
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  5. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Get a red one. All else is irrelevant
     
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  6. jstuhlman

    jstuhlman We noticed.

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    “reign in blood” colorway FTMFW
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    That's actually the stated colorway from Rocky Mountain on my bike.
     
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    jstuhlman We noticed.

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    @mtg . . . paging @mtg to the white courtesy phone . . .
     
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    mtg Green with Envy

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    I guess this means we can use Slayer as a bike name now :). Sweet
     
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    Nick My name is Nick

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    Jm_ Turbo Monkey

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    I'd be wary of the 150-160mm 29ers, these are massive bikes and massively sluggish unless you have some significant gravity riding to really unleash them. I know there are features and obstacles on the trails in Florida, but this is where such a bike will really be a bear and not a lot of fun, having to constantly accelerate that much bike on flat ground or slight uphills is going to hurt and make it difficult to make the obstacles/gaps/etc. They are great plow-bikes for big descents, but a good solid 120mm 29er would be my pick (as opposed to a more XCish 120mm 29er) if you are looking to unleash it on some of those bigger descents in the GA hills/mountains. Build up with 140 fork or even pick up a 2nd fork and have two, a 120 and a 140, put the 140 on when you go North or on vacations.
     
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    look into Pivot. Trail 429
     
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