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In the spring, once snowboarding season is out of the way I should have some money for a new bike and I thought I'd try something a little different and go with a full suspension setup so I can progress into a little more aggressive riding. I can get any Felt or KHS bike for about 30%-35% off however I'm open to suggestions from other brands as well. From Felt I was looking at http://feltracing.com/09-catalog/suspension-mountain/virtue-series/09-virtue-3.aspx or http://feltracing.com/09-catalog/suspension-mountain/compulsion-series/09-compulsion-4.aspx and from KHS I was looking at http://www.khsbicycles.com/03_xct_535_09.htm or http://www.khsbicycles.com/03_xc_604_09.htm I basically just want something solid that's good for all-mountain type stuff. Suggestions? Right now I'm riding a hard tail Cannondale F-1000.
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First stop: www.pinkbike.com I must admit I'd be looking at Devinci (i love mine) although they're hard to get in the states. what kind of riding are you going to be doing? cross country, all mountain? knowing that would help alot.
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ive got an 07 gt idrive 5 3.0 . it came with a horrible manipou fork. but after i changed that out its been awesome. one other downside is that its hard to keep the pivot area clean.

i dont know much about felt or khs, but i know that i love my specialized hardtail and the people i ride with love their specialized full suspension.

whatever you get, let me know what you think of it.
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Mainly all mountain but nothing too gnarly. My uncle actually owns a bike shop and he sells mainly road bikes but he can get mountain bikes through KHS, Felt, and Redline although I didn't really see any Redlines I want. I'll look into Devinci but like I said, I can get some pretty good deals through my uncle.
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I had a specialized a couple years back and I really enjoyed it. But its ruined now I ride a Norco. What type of full suspension do you want. Downhill, Freestyle, 4-cross or x-country?


I dont know where you live. But if you want freestyle or x-country get a Specialized or a Rocky Mountain.
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I'm not looking to start an argument, but what's wrong with Manitou? I've got a Sherman on my Dobermann and i love it. On topic: i like the one in the last link you posted, although I'm not a fan of Shimano mechanics...
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I had a specialized a couple years back and I really enjoyed it. But its ruined now I ride a Norco. What type of full suspension do you want. Downhill, Freestyle, 4-cross or x-country?


I dont know where you live. But if you want freestyle or x-country get a Specialized or a Rocky Mountain.

Northern Washington and like I said, I wan't something that can handle a little bit of everything.
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My buddy has a Kona Stab Deluxe, I went riding with him once. I rode that thing, I went off like a 6 foot drop and almost shat myself. I personally don't know **** about moutain bikes. But I know that Felt makes some beastly rode bikes. I think you should go with this one http://feltracing.com/09-catalog/suspension-mountain/virtue-series/09-virtue-3.aspx



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I'm not looking to start an argument, but what's wrong with Manitou? I've got a Sherman on my Dobermann and i love it. On topic: i like the one in the last link you posted, although I'm not a fan of Shimano mechanics...


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I'm with you on the Sram, front to back on My Devinci Cameleon.

I think you should try and test ride some of these bikes and get a feel for which one you like best..
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I have SRAM Rival on my bike....I love it.
TS, I think you should get... http://www.feltracing.com/09-catalog/cyclocross/cyclocross-series/09-f15x.aspx ....mainly cause I can't and cyclocross is the ****.

I have Shimano Deore XT components on my Cannondale and I've never had a problem with it. My friend rides a Specialized with Shimano Alivio components and I didn't like that system at all.
EDIT:That Felt is indeed pretty sweet. My uncle has lot's of rich doctors as clients so I've seen him custom build road bikes worth up to $15,000 or so in his shop. Hand made frames from Italy and stuff, that's some crazy ****.
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What kind of Cannondale do you have?
If you already have a bike you like, just upgrade it. Thats what I did, and I didn't regret it.
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What kind of Cannondale do you have?
If you already have a bike you like, just upgrade it. Thats what I did, and I didn't regret it.

It's an F-1000 with a Fatty Headshok. I thought about swapping the fork for a Lefty and selling the Fatty (They're fetching around $300 on ebay :eek. But I want something with some rear suspension so I can hit some smaller drops and stuff without killing myself.
EDIT: Not that it really matters but...
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In that case, does your uncle have any of the bikes your interested in, in stock. If he does, then test ride them, then make your decision. We here might like something but its all about the way you feel on the bike, not us.
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hmm, if you need a single track bike, stick with a hard tail, better control, also if your doing ANY jumps, wouldnt suggust any of those bigs, they will get chewed up.
also, can you give me a link to the website of this resort/mountain you go on.
also if they have a bike shop at that palce, they most likely do. ask what bikes they rent out. it will give you a good idea on what to get.
from what you have listed, http://feltracing.com/09-catalog/suspension-mountain/compulsion-series/09-compulsion-4.aspx this one is probly the best for you, but is WAY more than what you need.
get something like a devinchi chameleon, and then pimp it out from there. maybe some new fronts i dont think you will need a new rear derail but i might be wrong. and def a new front derail, you know, just go up from there.
also whats your budget.
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hmm, if you need a single track bike, stick with a hard tail, better control, also if your doing ANY jumps, wouldnt suggust any of those bigs, they will get chewed up.
also, can you give me a link to the website of this resort/mountain you go on.
also if they have a bike shop at that palce, they most likely do. ask what bikes they rent out. it will give you a good idea on what to get.
from what you have listed, http://feltracing.com/09-catalog/suspension-mountain/compulsion-series/09-compulsion-4.aspx this one is probly the best for you, but is WAY more than what you need.
get something like a devinchi chameleon, and then pimp it out from there. maybe some new fronts i dont think you will need a new rear derail but i might be wrong. and def a new front derail, you know, just go up from there.
also whats your budget.

I just ride local trails in WA state, biggest one probably being Galbraith http://www.galbraithmt.com/ but not really a resort. There are a bunch in my area that a kid who graduated a couple years ago made although most of them are well beyond my skill level. I will of course test as much stuff as I can and talk to my uncle about it before I make a decision (after all he's an expert on the stuff). But I just wanted to get some general ideas of what to look into from the bikers on here.
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