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10/4/2010 4:52 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/21/2016 10:19 AM

Whats up everyone? I'm New to mountain biking, but I have been doing moto since i was young. I'm trying to get into free-ride mountain biking. Well I found 2 used bikes that seem pretty nice. I was wondering what everyone thought about these bikes. Any information would help.

I first went it and priced out a Brand new Santa Cruz Nomad, and i set it up so that i can be as hard on it as i need to be. The price came out around $5000.00, so that won't work me right now.

I'm 5'7". I weigh 165, and im super hard on stuff. Ill be doing drop's and pushing this bike.

First bike

- Santa Cruz VP free

Size Large frame

Manitou Metal Platform Plus rear shock

Pig DH headset

Hussefelt Bars and Stem

Thompson Seatpost

New saddle

FSA Gravity DH crankset

22/32/bash set up

Blackspire Chainguide

Hayes Stroker Ryde brakes. 8" front and back

WTB speeddisc DH wheelset (strong and true)

SRAM mix

XO rear shifter/ X9 rear derailleur

X7 front

Marzocchi 66 fork

8.5" rear travel

2nd Bike ____________

Custom Built Medium 2008 Specialized Stump Jumper Comp

- 2009 RockShock Recon Fork. ajustable travel from 115mm for climbs and 130mm when going downhill. Great shock.

- 2009 Fox RP23 rear shock. with 3 position for stiffness and pro-pedal. Pro-pedal allows you to lock the shock so their is limited bounce while pedaling.

- x9 trigger shifters. Brand new (about a month old)

- xt Shimano Doere LX cassete, crank and bottom bracket (two months old)

- Stanz tubless wheels and tubless tires

- Specialized Cluch SX 2.3 tires. Best tires I have ever had.

- Formula Oro hydraulic brakes. 165mm rotor on the rear and 180mm front. Brand new pads.

- Brand new brake and shifter cables, and housings.

- deity Stem and specilized demo handle bar.

- brand new grips

- Specialized Henge Saddle


Do i need a large or medium frame?

All help appreciated guys.. Thanks


10/4/2010 5:02 PM

Are you going to have to ride the bike around or is this just for resorts?


10/4/2010 6:34 PM

Ride the bike around... Finding trails. Probably hit up a resort 5 or 6 times a year. People have told me 2 bikes would be ideal for what im looking for, but i dont have that cash.


10/4/2010 6:46 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/4/2010 6:47 PM

Well you'd probably want the VP free if you want to Hike more but if you want something to ride up hill you'll want something closer to the stump jumper but not that bike because it's a real cross country oriented bike unless it's a EVO


10/5/2010 8:11 AM

For freeride, you'll likely want something with more travel than the specialized but less than the santacruz. Look for something in the 6-7 inch range.

If you had to choose between the two, get the santacruz.


10/5/2010 10:35 AM

Thanks guys. exactly the answers i was looking for. I guess ill just wait it out and see if i can find a good deal on another used bike.


10/25/2010 2:20 PM

Alright, I ended up finding 2 used bikes. Can I get a some direction as of what bike to go with?

2010 Bighit 2

Mongoose Black Diamond Triple


10/25/2010 9:17 PM

Prices and specs please... and more choices.


Ass Ass Ass

10/25/2010 10:12 PM

The Mongoose ad said "3 inch tires, liquid cable disk brakes, bomber fork, heavy coil rear shock with hydraulic reservoir.. asking $1,400..

The Bighit said it was rode 4 or 5 times. Rock Shox Domain Fork 7.5 inches, Fox Van R rear suspension 8.5 inches, Avid Elixir 5 Hydraulic Disc Brakes, Sram X9 Derailluer... $1500..

I need to just hold off eh? I would be better off building a fully built Nomad correct?


10/26/2010 5:42 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/26/2010 5:47 AM

I would say keep looking man. As much as I love them, a bighit is not something you'll probably want to be trail riding on. The spec on the mongoose is probably closer to what you looking for I would just say try and find a bike with a better suspension. Sounds like you would like a Specialized SX trail , Trek Scratch, Giant Reign, or even a Transition Blindside/ Bottlerocket.


10/26/2010 9:09 AM

These are pretty rad

Great for trail riding and can also handle some light resort riding.

adjustable geometry so she can change it up when you go to a resort.


10/26/2010 9:40 AM

I would build a nomad. I got lucky and found a used frame on ebay, used wheels on ebay and found sales online for components and spent around $2000. Maybe i jsut got lucky but i would try doing that.


10/26/2010 10:15 AM

Alright, Thanks for the comments. I doubt i can build a nomad for around 2g's, Since i don't know what to look for. Are these bikes I am finding opposite of what I am looking to do with the bike?


10/26/2010 10:20 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/26/2010 10:57 AM

Also, I checked out those Banshee Bikes posted by (TBubier). They seem like well built bikes for a reasonable price. What's been said about these bikes?

Another Bike i found is a Cannondale Perp for $1600. Is this also opposite of what I need?

"Pick this bike up for some fun fall riding before its too late. 09 Cannondale Perp 3, Meduim Frame. This bike has under 20 rides on it from this summer. In mint condition. You have to come see this bike. Purchased new from Cannondale in April of this year and tediously maintained. I'm a mechanic. Green with purple paint splatter. Super fun bike that won't break the bank. 8 inch suspension travel rear shock, 7 inch travel fork. The Perp is seriously capable DH bike, but is one of the best climbers in that category. Rock Shox Domain fork with maxle thru-axle. I have loved this bike, but can't afford to have 2 bikes right now. This one will be hard to let go. Call me for a test ride. Thanks."



10/26/2010 10:57 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/26/2010 10:58 AM


10/26/2010 3:17 PM

Check out this sale: HERE
Seller says he can include dual ring, so that would suit your pedaling wants. The SX Trail might be just perfect for what your looking for.


10/26/2010 3:17 PM

Have you checked out the transition double. It a slopestyle bike but its pretty versatile. its only 4 inches in the back but you can put a six inch fork on the front if you really want to. I've demoed one before and it can take some pretty big hits. I'd say its the best bet for what your looking for as you can dirt jump on it ride singletrack, and hit a lot of freeride stuff. The only down side is that you won't get very good small bump compliance.


10/26/2010 7:24 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/4/2011 5:12 PM

my buddy is looking to sell his bullit for around 1,200
good part set up and not beat but it's yellow


10/26/2010 7:45 PM

n =o offense, but the bullit pedals like poop, i had one for a while and its great going down, but awful for pedaling. maybe an enduro would fit you if you arent hitting lift service more than 5 or 6 times a year


10/26/2010 9:13 PM

notnA wrote:

Check out this sale: HERE
Seller says he can include dual ring, so that would suit your pedaling wants. The SX Trail might be ...more

Looks like an extremely nice bike. 2400 though, kinda steep for me right now. So why are some of these bikes i have mentioned not suitable for my needs? Just trying to understand where you guys are coming from when your mentioning these other bikes.


10/26/2010 9:48 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/26/2010 9:55 PM

They are all suitable...just some are better than others. Don't skimp on the specs, because you will just end up having to replace them more quickly. If you can't afford a nice bike ($2400) right now...just wait. Trust me.


Ass Ass Ass

10/27/2010 3:08 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/4/2011 5:12 PM

You might want to check out the 2010 Giant Reign X2 @
Here's the link:
It's on sale for $1800 but you would have to pick it up in Salt Lake City (I don't know how far Vernal is from SLC)...just another option.