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Looking for an all mountain bike

April 21, 2010, 4:49 p.m.
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I am looking at buying a "new" bike this year. I have a small single speed hardtail, and a Ellsworth joker right now, and neither of them are what I want in a bike.

My girlfriend just got a bike, and pretty much sticks to the bike paths, and wider singletrack stuff so I want something that can ride that, pedal easily and still handle the odd bike park.

As of right now I am between a used 09 Heckler w/ Elka shock for $1700

and a 08 slayer 396 that was a demo bike (that looks brand new) from a local shop. Which was about the same price IIRC

Never rode a heckler before, I am kind of concerned about pob and brake jack though, anyone have an experience with the Heckler, and maybe the Elka shock ?

Thanks

April 21, 2010, 4:51 p.m.
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Personally… I'd stay away from that slayer as an AM bike.

April 21, 2010, 4:58 p.m.
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I'd go with the Heckler.

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April 21, 2010, 5:02 p.m.
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Heckler easily.

April 21, 2010, 5:05 p.m.
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Heckler easily.

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I'd go with the Heckler.

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Personally… I'd stay away from that slayer as an AM bike.

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"Nobody really gives a shit that you don't like the thing that you have no firsthand experience with." Dave

April 21, 2010, 5:13 p.m.
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Any input on them ?
Are you all saying no to the slayer because it is too slack to be comfortable while just pedalling around ?

What about the singlepivot on the Heckler, I know my joker has really bad brake jack, im worried that the heckler will be the exact same way.

Anyone actually ridden either of them ?

Thanks!
Dean

April 21, 2010, 5:20 p.m.
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i've ridden a heckler. dreamy; a classic all mountain bike. and that's a siiick build. much better range than the slayer, which is a bit of a pig and also single pivot.

"Nobody really gives a shit that you don't like the thing that you have no firsthand experience with." Dave

April 21, 2010, 5:21 p.m.
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That Heckler is one sexy bike. Go for it.

Why slag free swag?:rolleyes:

ummm, as your doctor i recommend against riding with a scaphoid fracture.

April 21, 2010, 7:14 p.m.
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what size are the bikes, and what size are you?

April 21, 2010, 7:25 p.m.
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Slayer is a good bike, but not the greatest pedaler. Its on the saggy, heavy, "want to go down, not up"-side.

Lee reviewed the slayer, (09 model i think). The review is somewhere in the articles section.

April 21, 2010, 7:42 p.m.
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That Heckler is one sexy bike. Go for it.

THIS.

The slayer was a mistake from Rocky imo

April 21, 2010, 7:43 p.m.
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Look at the parts group on the Heckler. Awesome

April 21, 2010, 7:47 p.m.
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Heckler hands down. Nice build too.

April 21, 2010, 8:01 p.m.
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definitely the heckler if you are serious about pedaling it around.

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April 21, 2010, 9:04 p.m.
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For what you described the heckler is better if it fits. If you were going to do mostly park and a little riding with the girl then slayer. They'll both have some brake jack, just don't brake in corners(like on any other bike) or during braking bumps.

But the heckler is quite nice looking.

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