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Trail Bike Suggestions on a $2k Budget?
05/13/19 at 8:10pm
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Hello Everyone,

Looking to replace my beloved Santa Cruz Bullit that was built for shuttle runs with something more trail friendly for Francis Beatty Park, the Whitewater Center, etc. I donít have the biggest budget in the world ($2k) so Iím aware that a more entry level bike is where Iím going to end up.

I want (need) full suspension and am leaning towards 29Ē wheels. Iíve been looking at the Stumpjumper ST 29. Iíve been out of riding for a few years and a lot has changed. What are some of the other bikes I should be looking at?

Thanks in advance!
  
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Reply #1 - 05/13/19 at 11:10pm
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If you really want to go FS for that budget I'd be looking at used bikes on Craigslist or similar as $2K doesn't buy as much as it used to.   Giant has got a sub $2K FS that looks ok but I just can't see the value in a sled like that to ride local.  If you think you need FS to ride Beatty or the WWC your doing it wrong.   
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Reply #2 - 05/14/19 at 2:41am
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jebfour wrote on 05/13/19 at 8:10pm:
Hello Everyone,

Looking to replace my beloved Santa Cruz Bullit that was built for shuttle runs with something more trail friendly for Francis Beatty Park, the Whitewater Center, etc. I donít have the biggest budget in the world ($2k) so Iím aware that a more entry level bike is where Iím going to end up.

I want (need) full suspension and am leaning towards 29Ē wheels. Iíve been looking at the Stumpjumper ST 29. Iíve been out of riding for a few years and a lot has changed. What are some of the other bikes I should be looking at?

Thanks in advance!


You are definitely on the right track with a Stumpjumper ST 29.† Its exactly what I would buy if I were looking (only a 27.5 over a 29 since Iím only 5í8Ē).† I mostly ride a Ď16 Specialized Camber which was replaced with the Stumpy ST.† Good luck in your shopping.... so many great bikes to choose from these days.† -Brian
  
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Selling a Medium 2017 YT Jeffsy for slightly over 2k - its a 150mm front and rear so a bit more than you need around charlotte, but can take it up to the mountains.  I was on a stumpy evo before this bike.
  
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SurlyDave wrote on 05/13/19 at 11:10pm:
If you really want to go FS for that budget I'd be looking at used bikes on Craigslist or similar as $2K doesn't buy as much as it used to.† †Giant has got a sub $2K FS that looks ok but I just can't see the value in a sled like that to ride local.† If you think you need FS to ride Beatty or the WWC your doing it wrong.† 
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Disagree strongly is actually think there are more deals then ever for used full suspension at 2k used.... also spending 2k on a hardtail would be insane imo. I personally need a full suspension because o have 40 years of hard labor on my back and bones but maybe Iím doing it wrong 
  
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Reply #5 - 05/14/19 at 12:42pm
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Dont let budget brands get away from you...

Marin, Diamondback, Fuji, etc all make really nice bikes at really good prices. They may not have the big brand recognition or whatever but an alloy bike with a solid platform and modern drivetrain/components will ride just as good as any other... 

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Reply #6 - 05/14/19 at 12:44pm
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What SurlyDave said IMO.  I only ride hardtails and even frequent the mountains on them.  I would take another look at hardtails......there's plenty "trail" type hardtail bikes that are more capable than ever.
  
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Reply #7 - 05/14/19 at 12:48pm
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Also agree with Bajopickin if set on a FS.  Fuji, Diamondback, Marin etc all make great bikes with way more bang for buck.  I have a Fuji road bike and Fuji Fat bike with great specs and zero issues.
  
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Reply #8 - 05/14/19 at 1:40pm
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Canyon Bikes are doing a pretty decent job now at a solid bike at a good price.  Don't rule them out.
  
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Reply #9 - 05/14/19 at 2:22pm
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Thanks to all for the replies! Lots of good info here and I'll be sure to check out the suggestions.

Regarding riding a hardtail: It's not that I wouldn't go back to one, it's just that my 46 year old body tells me I shouldn't. I don't need a ton of cushion, but I need some...
  
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Reply #10 - 05/14/19 at 3:47pm
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I'm 66 and ride nothing but hardtails and occasionally rigid.  FS is overrated in my opinion, especially around here.
  
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Reply #11 - 05/14/19 at 10:28pm
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Test ride, buy what you like, spend what you can afford. Canít really go too wrong these days.
  
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Reply #12 - 05/15/19 at 12:53am
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+1 on specialized stumpy 29r ST...I just purchased one and its a great bike all around for Charlotte trails. But that being said, I am 48 years old and I also have a 27.5 steel hardtail and I am way faster on it. Maybe its because this is my first full suspension in a few years and I love riding my hardtail.
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Looks like a fair deal....but who knows
  
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Reply #15 - 05/15/19 at 1:10pm
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Lots of comments for the SJ ST.  Seems overpriced for the components spec on it.
  
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schnebit wrote on 05/15/19 at 12:53am:
+1 on specialized stumpy 29r ST...I just purchased one and its a great bike all around for Charlotte trails. But that being said, I am 48 years old and I also have a 27.5 steel hardtail and I am way faster on it. Maybe its because this is my first full suspension in a few years and I love riding my hardtail.
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I'm also 48 but had a back injury in my mid 20's.† I sold my last hardtail ('02 Cannondale F2000 w/ Lefty) two years ago and will never consider one from here on out.† It's more of a comfort thing for me over performance.† My '16 Camber climbs like a hardtail and weights ~27 pounds.† The extra few pounds of suspension I'm pedaling around are well worth the trade off when it comes to the comfort.
  
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