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<$2k USD trail bike reccomendations?

June 11, 2018, 9:52 p.m.
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Looking to buy a bike in the next couple of weeks. Planning to spend around $2000.

It's been the better part of a decade since I last rode seriously (last bike I owned was a Norco VPS 6, back when <40 lbs was considered "all mountain"), and at that time I lived in PoCo so it was a little bit of a different scene than we have here in Winnemucca to say the least. Probably 80% or more of my riding will be dirt roads and light trails after work. I'd like to get something that would at least be somewhat capable for the odd day back home a few times a year. A co-worker (who I will be riding with most of the time) has a Trek Fuel EX (either 5 or 7, can't remember). Something along those lines would be a pretty good fit IMO, but I'm pretty well out of the loop on what's good, bad, or otherwise.

Technology has changed a lot in the last decade. New wheel sizes, no front derailleur, bikes weigh a fraction of what they used to. What do I need to know before I go spend a couple grand?

That's the problem with cities, they're refuges for the weak, the fish that didn't evolve.

I don't want to google this - sounds like a thing that NSMB will be better at.


 Last edited by: Farmer on June 11, 2018, 10:02 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
June 11, 2018, 9:58 p.m.
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Sounds like a used Kona Process 111 would be perfect for you

June 11, 2018, 10:08 p.m.
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I'd rather buy new. Personal preference, but since I probably won't buy another bike for a number of years I might as well get the most out of it. 

A quick search shows I can get a new 2016 Kona 111 for $2500... might be an option.

June 11, 2018, 10:22 p.m.
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Actually try this, took me a bit to find Andrew's review. Be sure to check out both articles.

https://nsmb.com/articles/2017-marin-hawk-hill/

https://nsmb.com/articles/min-maxing-budget-bikes-marin/

June 12, 2018, 3:10 a.m.
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Thanks.

Interestingly enough, there is now a hawk hill 1, 2, and 3. I'll have to compare specs later when I'm on a computer and not my phone.

June 12, 2018, 8:30 a.m.
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Devinci Django 29er is one to consider as well IMO.

https://www.evo.com/mountain/devinci-django-29-nx-complete-bike-2017


 Last edited by: DemonMike on June 12, 2018, 8:34 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
June 12, 2018, 11:14 a.m.
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Probably 80% or more of my riding will be dirt roads and light trails after work.

http://www.konaworld.com/honzo_al_dl.cfm


 Last edited by: tungsten on June 12, 2018, 2:09 p.m., edited 2 times in total.
June 12, 2018, 1:55 p.m.
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Posted by: DemonMike

Devinci Django 29er is one to consider as well IMO.

https://www.evo.com/mountain/devinci-django-29-nx-complete-bike-2017

The GX model is on for an extra $250 off the current sale price which works out to $2250 - that's a great deal


 Last edited by: syncro on June 12, 2018, 1:57 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
June 12, 2018, 5:02 p.m.
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My friend just bought a Big Honzo this year and seems to be digging it.

June 12, 2018, 6:02 p.m.
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I like the prices on those devinci's, especially that GX. I didn't realize they are the only ones still made in Canada. 

I'll be in Van this weekend. I'll try find one to test ride before I have to leave town.

June 12, 2018, 6:34 p.m.
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Posted by: Farmer

I like the prices on those devinci's, especially that GX. I didn't realize they are the only ones still made in Canada. 

I'll be in Van this weekend. I'll try find one to test ride before I have to leave town.

One of the reasons I went with one , Made in Canada and cheaper that a US built frame with a discount.

June 12, 2018, 7:45 p.m.
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Posted by: Farmer

I like the prices on those devinci's, especially that GX. I didn't realize they are the only ones still made in Canada. 

I'll be in Van this weekend. I'll try find one to test ride before I have to leave town.

Just don't pull the d-bag move of taking up a shop's time  and then buying one online to get the cheaper price.

June 12, 2018, 9:10 p.m.
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Posted by: DemonMike

Posted by: Farmer

I like the prices on those devinci's, especially that GX. I didn't realize they are the only ones still made in Canada. 

I'll be in Van this weekend. I'll try find one to test ride before I have to leave town.

One of the reasons I went with one , Made in Canada and cheaper that a US built frame with a discount.

Actually welded here?

June 12, 2018, 9:17 p.m.
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I bet they are welded in Taiwan ( and thats a good thing ) assembled in Canada

June 12, 2018, 10:03 p.m.
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Nope, 100% made in Canada. 

http://www.devinci.com/company/index.html

https://curbsidecycle.com/blogs/blog/114864003-why-devinci

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http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/how-devinci-the-last-canadian-bike-manufacturer-is-thriving-in-a-globalized-world

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