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    Posted: May/04/2011 at 6:12pm
I'm looking for a full suspension all mountain bike.  Lately, I've been looking at the Santa Cruz Heckler and some others, and am seeking recommendations.  Help!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/04/2011 at 6:19pm
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What type of riding do you do mostly?
Trails/xc?
all mountain?
freeride?
DH?
Bike parks?

How tall are you and how much do you weigh?

Whats your skill level?

How much do you want to spend?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/04/2011 at 6:33pm
i want to get into mountain biking but theres no trails around me so i have to stick to bmx
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/04/2011 at 6:42pm
Originally posted by barnyard

I'm looking for a full suspension all mountain bike.  Lately, I've been looking at the Santa Cruz Heckler and some others, and am seeking recommendations.  Help!


Santa Cruz bikes are dirt nasty.
Me, i'm personally into hardtails for XC riding, which would be the Chameleon in SC bikes.

But since you want AM i would choose the Nomad over the Heckler because it fits me better.
IMO, once you get into the realm of bike you want it is really all about what fits your body and what you feel in comfortable.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/05/2011 at 1:02pm
Originally posted by Scorer099

Originally posted by barnyard

I'm looking for a full suspension all mountain bike.  Lately, I've been looking at the Santa Cruz Heckler and some others, and am seeking recommendations.  Help!
Santa Cruz bikes are dirt nasty.
Me, i'm personally into hardtails for XC riding, which would be the Chameleon in SC bikes.

But since you want AM i would choose the Nomad over the Heckler because it fits me better.
IMO, once you get into the realm of bike you want it is really all about what fits your body and what you feel in comfortable.
+1 on SC bikes and finding what fits you best. If you can, find a local shop that you can demo the bike from. Nothing like riding the real thing. I personnally don't like the way the Nomad rides. I have had Hecklers, Bullits(.1 and now .2), Blur LTs (.1 and now .2) and have extensively ridden just about every bike SC makes, including the new APP bikes.
 
I don't think there's anything you won't like about the Heckler and you can find great deals on then, new or used. If you wanted to spend a little more, check out the Butcher.
 
But you really should tell us what kind of riding you plan to do and your skill level. You may be just fine with a smaller, lighter rig or may want something bigger. There's lots to think about before dropping the $$$.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/05/2011 at 8:45pm
I'm about 6 ft, 220lbs, and have only ridden hard tails in the past.  I just sold my Cannondale, so I'm looking for something that I can ride all mountain, trails and XC.  I have no urge to hit bike parks at my age.

I'm a decent rider, definitely not a pro, and can afford something nice and would prefer to have something that will last me a while.  

I've looked mainly at the Santa Cruz bikes because my friends have had such great things to say about them, and because I am not a Specialized or Trek fan (with the exception of a couple of models).

I think the Heckler gives me 95% of what I need at a much lower price than the Nickel, Butcher, Nomad, etc., but I'm looking for input in case there are good reasons I should consider those above the Heckler. 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/05/2011 at 8:45pm
and thank you everyone for your recommendations so far.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/05/2011 at 8:55pm
good thread about mountain bike.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/05/2011 at 10:38pm
Santa Cruz bikes are nice, but expensive. I am looking at the Giant Reign 2 for starting out. +1 on finding what fits you, if it doesn't feel right, your not going to ride it. Also, support your LBS, they will be there when you need them.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2011 at 8:26pm
bump, looking for more opinions please.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/07/2011 at 10:32am
Im no expert by any means, but FWIW "IF" you were looking at a Specialized, take a look at Merida. They make most of specialized's bikes anyways, and can prolly be had for less than the price of a Specialized...
But then again, I dont know if Merida is sold in the states or not, or if they are that well known.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/07/2011 at 7:40pm
hmm, never heard of them, but will do some research on them.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/09/2011 at 7:13pm
bump... still seeking recommendations.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/10/2011 at 6:39am
I have a place in my heart for Specialized. I ride a hardtail Rock Hopper 29er, and my girlfriend is on a Myka.

You definitely can't go wrong with Santa Cruz, though.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/10/2011 at 8:27am
If you're comfortable assembling a 90% prebuilt bike you can check out bikesdirect.com. Most of their bikes are made by Fuji, plus they're Fuji frames. I got a 29er hardtail for $630 that would normally cost $1300+ from a major brand name.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/14/2011 at 8:02pm
Thanks for the recommendation, I'll take a look at it.  Anyone else?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/14/2011 at 8:47pm
what do you guys think of the REI house brand novara? 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/14/2011 at 9:12pm
The only issue I have with novara is that it isn't particularly cheaper than a bigger brand. Even the guy I spoke to at REI when llooking fir a bike fir the the gf said he wished they sold Specialized bikes, since that's what he personally rides.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/17/2011 at 6:47pm
Specialized fsr, in your price range.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/27/2011 at 8:52am
I looked at the FSR,'s and I'm just not a fan of Specialized bikes in general.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/27/2011 at 8:54am
Also, is there anyone on here that has a great bike for sale?  I'm also looking at decent used bikes.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/30/2011 at 2:39am
So you want my real rec? OK, get a Turner, they're bomb proof, light, stable, the best suspension design, and made in the U.S.A.. (And can be had on ebay for relatively cheap.). The FSR, is relatively solid bike, comparable to other manufacturers, cheap, well designed, very rideable, and reliable, and an excellent entry into the world of full-suspension. I have an '08 Turner Flux, and a Stumpjumper fsr from '06, and though the Flux outclasses, the stumpy, it holds up on the trail well, and has taken some beatings, that I would never submit the Flux too, and it cost half as much. I am a XC rider, so light, fast, good handling, moderate travel bikes is what I like.(Whatever you get, just make sure it fits.).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/30/2011 at 3:42am
what about those freestyle mountain bikes for throwing sick tricks. i have seen ppl in the city throw almost urban jib style stuff and it looks awesome. its like parkor for a bike. any ideas where to look for bikes like that
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