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Mountain bike that will work for xc and downhill
Been getting alot more into mountain biking this summer riding local trails around the twin cities as well as cuyuna and the duluth traverse further north (word class trail systems imo and suprisingly highly ranked by imba) -wanted to give a lil plug for minnesota mountain bike scene as I have a feeling its larger or as large as some of the more well known mountain bike states besides cali (not having actual mountains hurts tho) Also got to ride whistler and now at a resort in the sierra nevada of spain which have definitely changed my perspective. Anyways I've just been borrowing my dads bike but wanna get my own to bring out to school this yr in colorado. Having ridden some downhill now I definitely want something that I can take out to breck or keystone, but I still wanna bring it home in the summer and rip the local xc trails. I got to try out an enduro bike at afformentioned sierra nevada bike park and this seems perfect for what im thinking. So all that being said can anyone recommend some models to look for used that wouldn't run me more than $1500, and/or thoughts on other types of bikes that might work.? Also will it be possible to get a decent bike for that price? Thnx doods
$1500 isn't much in today's MTB market, especially if you want to do DH aswell. My recommendation would be a used Yt Capra. Awesome all-rounder bikes. if you haven't heard of them before given them a quick Google and let the reviews make your mind up for you!
Just like in skiing, a ski that is awesome for light touring and awesome for charging high speed AK lines is going to be a bit of a unicorn. This holds true for bikes that are awesome at XC and DH- you'll have to make a compromise somewhere. And if you are going to be doing bike park laps, the compromise will be on the XC since anything XC related will be destroyed in a day at the bike park. Err on the side of durability and pick something more DH oriented. It will kinda suck on the up, but at least it will survive the down and you won't need to be replacing parts after every weekend.
So, an enduro bike (something with around 150-160mm of travel front and rear) will be the best place to look. But, a new entry-level enduro bike will cost at least $2,500... this sport ain't cheap. So, you should be looking at used entry-level enduro bikes on Pinkbike or used bike shops etc. If you're able to find a 4-5 year old version in good shape it will be even cheaper, or a 4-5 year old higher end version for $1,500-2,000 should be doable.
Out of your budget, but I'm really digging my Intense Recluse. It is great on both the ups and the downs.
I have been told that it descends better than the Tracers (2016 and precious) and that it is a close second to the Spider when climbing.
You probably wouldn't be able to find many used ones though because they have only been out on the market for maybe a year now... and no one wants to sell the best bike they've been on;)
But, I have seen Norco Sights, Ranges, Optics, and Revolvers as low as $2k before... still a little bit out of your range but those are some awesome bikes as well.
You could get an aggressive hardtail, but even those I have seen are like $1800 or $1900.
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