General Consenus on best FS XC bike

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  1. Meek One

    Meek One New Member

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    Been out of the game for a while, what are the top full-suspension XC racing bikes available today?

    Please list your top 3 to 5. Thanks for the opinions.

    I plan on demo-ing the winners (if possible). Thanks again.
     
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  2. JM01

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    I've supported Ellsworth for a few years now, and I'd recommend the Truth...perhaps the Epiphany for more serious trails, however, my wife prefers Santa Cruz and rides a Blur...for XC racing, she'd go with the Superlight or Blur LT

    Some swear by the Specialized Epic...but it's just a bike

    Happy trails
     
  3. kclw

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    Depends, are you talking racing or RACING, Sport/Expert racing or Pro.

    Pros and non-pros have such different styles that different bikes are preferred.

    If you are an elite racer then
    1. Specialized Epic
    2. Giant Athem
    3. Trek Fuel (although these are so fragile that unless you travel with an extra frame you wouldn't want one)


    If you are an expert or sport racer then
    1. Norco Faze
    2. Santa Cruz Blur
    3. Kona The King
     
  4. Insaneclimber

    Insaneclimber New Member

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    Scott Spark (lightest available)

    Orbea Alma (my dream bike)
     
  5. woodchuck

    woodchuck New Member

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    I love my EPIC but I race (not Elite only Sport) I would say if you are racing at all the Epic is an excellent choice. If you are looking for a general trail bike (e.g. want to throw in some drops and stuff) the Epic might not be the best choice.
     
  6. kclw

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    The reason I differentiate between Elite and non Elite is the racing styles are so different.

    You watch a good elite racer and they are standing up and attacking the whole race, where as non-elites tend to sit and spin the whole race. This places different demands on a bike.

    Elites want a bike that is really snappy under acceleration. Non-elites want a bike that smooths the terrain and allows them to maintain their spin.

    The epic is a wicked bike but it is so race orriented that I hesitate recommending it to anybody who does race elite. However I live in BC and our race course are very technical so my perceptions may we warped.
     
  7. panagiotis_

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    storck organic light:eek:
     
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