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New Bike Options.... Here is the Heckler! :)
#1
As a few of you may know I am looking to upgrade to a new full suspension bike from my hardtail orange.

'Ideally' I would like to go dream bike scenario, save some pennies and go with something like a Yeti SB66 of MOJO HD (test rides needed). But through considering how much I really want to spend right now, frame availabilities etc, I am exploring the following options in my brain box..

a) Dream bike as above, save part the money and finance the rest.... SB-66 36 150/160mm forks... dream spec.. lots of wonga... keep old bike. VERY HAPPY!

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b) Buy super dooper frame that suits current good kit on my bike 140mm pikes and new hope hoops... MOJO HD 140 for example... again, a fair bit of money to part with, and end up with a box of bits from old bike. HAPPY (for now) HD 140 can be upgraded to 160 travel later date etc - versatile.

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or,

c) BUDGET. trawl eBay and classifieds on various websites and pick up a couple of year old Heckler/Five frame with shock and do a minimum spend upgrade and get myself to full susser world. SHORT TERM HAPPY.

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Basically, I want and need full suspension. Hardtail really bullied me at Surrey Hills and I do want to ride more aggressive trails.

As I pointed out I will have to test ride some of the bikes mentioned to get the one that feels right (I love the slack head angle of my Crush and the length of it too - 6ft and a medium frame feels awesome). But regardless of bike choice the situations are fairly similar.

O how I ramble....
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#2
Why not just budget £2 or £2.5k and save some cash up and part finance a bike to that budget? You'll get a very good 140-160mm travel bike for the sort of dosh. Even fully financed your looking at £60 ish quid a month over 3 years?
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#3
If your current components are in good condition then it makes sense to buy a frame only. If you buy a full bike your current hardtail will never get ridden and you will eventually sell it for next to nothing.

Have you ridden the Mojo HD?
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#4
Hmm, if I had my sensible head on then Mojo HD with your current kit, then upgrade to 160mm forks and build up the HT as a jump/4X bike.

That Yeti dose look good though Wink
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#5
I'd get the mojo hd, biketart are going to start doing 0% finance, can get you a proper build.
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#6
Buy a second hand frame off of singletrackworld, There's a transition covert frame going spare right now. (<!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/fs-transition-covert-frame-fox-36-van-r-forks">http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic ... an-r-forks</a><!-- m -->) it's pricey though so a 5 or similar might be a better bet. Whack your bits onto it and whammo! New bike and big smile. Your current kit is fairly good isn't it?
Keep it foolish...
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#7
for what its worth i didnt like the Mojo HD when i tested it a while back, it didnt feel very planted on the downhills.
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#8
&quot;alkali&quot; Wrote:Buy a second hand frame off of singletrackworld, There's a transition covert frame going spare right now. (<!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/fs-transition-covert-frame-fox-36-van-r-forks">http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic ... an-r-forks</a><!-- m -->) it's pricey though so a 5 or similar might be a better bet. Whack your bits onto it and whammo! New bike and big smile. Your current kit is fairly good isn't it?

The Covert is a very good frame, and the 2012 one comes with a Maxel rear end too. Orange 5's are as common as dishwater.
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#9
Interesting just reading this as I have been in London all weekend.

I think I need to get myself testing the HD. Deadpool's comments on here and I think mentioned to me at Surrey Hills are literally the only negative comments I've read about it. If you don't count the reviews of the SB66 stating it is a better climber than the HD.

The plan will be new frame and gradual upgrading to what I realy want so the HD would be ace. Run 140mm all round and then upgrade to 160 if and when I want to.

I PROPER love the look of the Yeti though but I don't know if I could deal with the massive wait to get one and I'd ideally like to be buying before Xmas...

As for the 5 etc... I think it would be a quick fix cheap option but all I'd be left thinking is I still want a better bike. Even though it will be far better than I will be...

Hmmmm...

Does anyone know the deal with test rides from a place like BikeTart? do you get it for the day? Can you take it to your fav trails? I've never done it....
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#10
Sensible head on here but id go for option C.

Personally think that spending 2k+ on a frame, when its your first full suss will be a little unwise, your needs desires will change over time until you discover what sort of bike suits your riding style long term.
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