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  • Deals on short travel FS
  • Joe
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    Looking for a ‘down country’ 120mm ish FS. Seem to be fairly good deals on epic Evos at the moment .

    Is there anything else worth looking at between £2000 and £3000?

    anderzz
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    Reactor ST maybe for around £3k.

    davros
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    At the slightly more trail end of the spectrum with 130/120

    https://www.giant-bicycles.com/gb/trance-29-1

    mark_rich
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    Not strictly down country but Canyon Spectral 125 CF7 can be had for £2319 with 6 months 0%

    https://www.canyon.com/en-gb/mountain-bikes/trail-bikes/spectral-125/cf/spectral-125-cf-7/3426.html?dwvar_3426_pv_rahmenfarbe=SR

    I bagged one for £2219 in the last sale, got to say its good, I was in the market for a DC bike but glad I got this instead!

    Fairly light, pedals and climbs very well, I’ve set it up with xc tyres on a spare set of wheels for local xc and road loops.

    Maybe not as nimble as a down country but I prefer the fact that it has slacker geo to help get you out of trouble when you over cook it, also make it a bit more of a do it all bike.

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    Yetiman
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    weeksy
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    The 5010 surely has to be right up there from Stif.

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    gray
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    How about a Specialized Epic Evo? Quite a few of us have bought them on sale recently, e.g.:

    Yay..New Bike day… Downcountry/Uptrail/whatever…

    Certini seem to be a good source, e.g.:

    https://www.certini.co.uk/bikes/mountain-bikes/2022-specialized-epic-evo-comp-fsr-mountain-bike–satin-carbonoak__81357

    chakaping
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    a11y
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    The 5010 surely has to be right up there from Stif.

    More trail rather than short-travel if I put a **** marketing label on it, but indeed that’s where I’d look too. I’m very happy with my current bike though.

    Joe
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    Good ideas gents.. thanks so much. The 140-160mm thing is too much for me tbh. Want it as a long distance weapon.

    coconut
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    Giant Anthem is worth a look, superb for long XC routes, some amazing deals out there as Giant  seem really unpopular currently.

    lillski74
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    I recently pulled the trigger on the new Canyon Neuron. Top AL mode and it’s fantastic, light for Al and good XT spec

    Id say more of a do it all trail bike than tbe spectral 125 and will certainly pedal better as it’s not as crazy slack, the 125 is a mini enduro, not something I’d want to ride all day on. But saying that cracking value nice looking bike.

    Lucky enough to have a bigger slacker bike for all the parks and enduro stuff.

    StuF
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    Cotic flareMax has £500 off until the end of sept

    joebristol
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    I don’t think any of the bikes above are 140-160mm travel at the back.

    Biggest travel there is 130mm rear / 140mm front.

    The Reactor, Spectral 125 and Aether are definitely more ‘trail’ to put a badge on them. But built light they’re pretty fast across ground. 5010 is I think a mullet rather than full 29er – so again more trail than down country – but equally some keen prizes on them at the moment.

    The Epic Evo seems to be a really good option at the moment with the prices available. Probably where I’d be looking if I wanted a more cross country type bike (but not racing).

    Another budget option is the Sonder Cortex – but that’s alloy.

    molgrips
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    Reactor ST maybe for around £3k.

    Not really downcountry, more trail. It’s a heavy beast.

    tom7044
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    5lab
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    ariel 30 is pretty good value at £2500 – deore, z2, good geo

    Ariel 30

    core
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    Intense have got some good deals on various Sniper configurations.

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    infovore
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    Winstanleys will do you a Trance 1 sub 2k: https://winstanleysbikes.co.uk/giant-trance-29-1-2022-bike

    (2022 model, Fox/SLX).

    devash
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    Do you want “XC downcountry” (120mm front / 110 to 120mm back) or “Light trail” (130mm front, 120mm back)?

    garage-dweller
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    Have you seen Tracey’s thread about Evans extra 20% off clearance stuff?

    Might be worth trawling their site?

    fazzini
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    Winstanleys will do you a Trance 1 sub 2k

    That looks amazing value. Am I missing something?? I’d be sorely tempted if I had the cash (without resorting to the ‘magic-money card 😂).

    davros
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    That trance is the one my mate has. Brilliant bike especially at that money.

    Joe
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    I think I want a down country, 120mm at the front kinda thing. The trance really does appeal though considering how much it costs.

    prontomonto
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    Spectral 125 is great but yes not really one for super long days. One of its limitations I find is only room for a small water bottle. Amazing decsender, mind.

    A downcountry should cover ground better and have room for one or even 2 large bottles.

    devash
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    Epic Evo in the sales would be a safe bet then.

    I have a Transition Spur built up nice and light and it’s a complete hooligan of an XC bike but was very spendy. I only bought it because I received some inheritance money from an elderly relative who knew I love bikes. Wouldn’t ever typically spank that much cash on a bike.

    chakaping
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    While the Izzo is 130mm both ends, reviews all say it’s more XC/trail and pedals very well.

    Whereas some shorter travel bikes will be heavier and sluggish by comparison. I know ‘cos I’ve owned some like that.

    That Trance is a great price, will probably be a really good trail bike. I’d expect the YT to be more sprightly though.

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