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So it’s time to retire my 2003 Trek Fuel with full suspension.. Thinking about a Hardtail ?

i do an hour ride 3 days week. 70% paved trails and 30% dirt/grass/sand trails. No technical stuff anymore. Too old !!

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I used to race on a 2000 Jamis Dragon... full chrome moly frame... 26" wheels, all XTR... was an amazing bike. My first hard tail was an old 1997 Specialized Stump Jumper... no suspension at all. I now ride a full jazzed Specialized S-Works FSR... 130mm of full travel, lock out, and it weighs less than my old Jamis Dragon. However, not a single bike I have ever owned had as much soul as my old Jamis. I wish I still had that frame, I'd convert it to a single speed. I always loved the Airborne frames, and lusted after the old Litespeed Titanium frames...
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Tough call. I'd stick with full suspension if there is any chance of roots, etc. You're not getting any younger lol. You can always lock out the suspension on the road. Do you ever ride Markham Park or Oleta?

I ride singletrack 2-3 times a week, and on the road 2-3 times a week. I have a road bike and a FS mountain bike.
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
Tough call. I'd stick with full suspension if there is any chance of roots, etc. You're not getting any younger lol. You can always lock out the suspension on the road. Do you ever ride Markham Park or Oleta?

I ride singletrack 2-3 times a week, and on the road 2-3 times a week. I have a road bike and a FS mountain bike.
Great advice... My old back and knees could not take the pounding I used to dish out. When I was stationed down in South Florida, I would ride Markham five days a week. Oleta was fun too... but Markham was my home. Now, I could not dream of getting on a hard tail. To the OP... go try out some NEW full sussers… they are WAY lighter than your '03 model. Unfortunately, they will definitely make your wallet light as well.
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I got a Ghost Kato from REI, used points and bought last years models. 27.5, XT components. I think you get a lot of bike for the money, and at 52, it has pretty mellow geometry for me. Get some slicks for the road. (I have a 15 year old Klein for the road, but still love the Ghost with slicks)

Not a big name in the states, but quality bike.
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Is your Trek Fuel to far gone to repair? Trek has some new nice bikes at decent prices. I thought of getting a Trek Roscoe 8 hardtail. It rode well but I decided I wanted to stay with full suspension. I decided to put some money back into my 2005 Titanium Moots Cinco and am glad I did. Finding a new straight tube steerer was the hard part, all the new forks are tapered.



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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
Tough call. I'd stick with full suspension if there is any chance of roots, etc. You're not getting any younger lol. You can always lock out the suspension on the road. Do you ever ride Markham Park or Oleta?

I ride singletrack 2-3 times a week, and on the road 2-3 times a week. I have a road bike and a FS mountain bike.
We used to ride Markham (I live 10 min away) but a few friends got seriously hurt there....

I live in Forrest Ridge by Tree Tops Park and have great riding right out my back door ....
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
So it’s time to retire my 2003 Trek Fuel with full suspension.. Thinking about a Hardtail ?

i do an hour ride 3 days week. 70% paved trails and 30% dirt/grass/sand trails. No technical stuff anymore. Too old !!

I am not a member of any bike forums so decided to talk to you clowns 🤡

thanks guys !!!

What's your budget?
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Originally Posted by SanCap1 View Post
Is your Trek Fuel to far gone to repair?
I think it needs everything .... brakes, shocks, controls,,,, could probably put some money into it - but why not get new technology ...

Regarding full suspension - I really dont want to drop 4k on a bike .... This is strictly for some cardio ... its not a passion - just a workout ...

Budget around 2k ?

Looking at Giant, Specialized, Santa Cruz, Trek - Hardtails ....
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My son has loved his Scotts - he has 2 now, one carbon fiber and the newer one is aluminum - less fragile, heavier but he still loves it and has beaten on it now for a year's worth of racing and it has held up well.
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I recently went from a F/S 26" to a 29" Titanium hardtail. I don't burn it up off road, but it sounds like I might push it just a little more than you do. I don't feel like I lost anything switching to the 29er hardtail. I think one will serve you equally well.

I don't think brand matters one bit. The brand is the frame. You rarely ever hear of frame issues. The parts that attach to the frame tend to be pretty equal at each price point. You can do a little better for your money by going with brands other than those with the greatest brand recognition. If you really want to maximize your budget, you can save big bucks ordering online.

If you don't want to order online, just go into local bike shops and try a few out. One shop and/or bike will just feel right to you. Buy it, ride it and be happy.
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I built up this Lynskey Titanium Hardtail for just a tick over $2000. It's the 29er I mentioned in my previous post.





I am sold on the ride quality of titanium. My road bike and my touring bike are titanium too. If you were willing to go the online route, this bike would be PERFECT for you assuming they have the size you want in stock. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...tain-bikes.htm
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
I think it needs everything .... brakes, shocks, controls,,,, could probably put some money into it - but why not get new technology ...

Regarding full suspension - I really dont want to drop 4k on a bike .... This is strictly for some cardio ... its not a passion - just a workout ...

Budget around 2k ?

Looking at Giant, Specialized, Santa Cruz, Trek - Hardtails ....
i have a santa cruz tall boy 29er. full suspension. it has the lock outs for suspension adjustments. unless your in for performance and really need to transfer the power to the ground stick with suspension. i wont ever go back to a hard tail. i love my bike!
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You’ll get a lot more bike, component wise, if you go hardtail and will be lighter

have you thought about gravel bike at all?
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If you go gravel, I have a close friend selling a Lynsky Titanium gravel bike in excellent condition. He used to work for Shimano and knows how to take care of a bike. What size frame are you looking for?

You could always buy a newer used bike from someone looking to upgrade. Kinda like bike 2 footitus.
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If you're really not riding obstacles than hardtail is the way to go. Spend some money on shorts and a seat to get comfortable.

I think the real question is what tires do you want to be on to suit your terrain. How sandy does the sand get? Have to be pretty fat to power through sugar sand. I grew up near Tree Tops but haven't been there in many years.

I recently went to 27.5+ mtb, and the fat (2.9") tires are amazing in sugar sand, which can be frustrating on regular size MTB tires. Going to 1X lessened my drivetrain frustration as well. Fatter tires also absorb a lot of shock, but you pay for it in drag and weight. Not many hills to contend with in SoFla, so the penalty for fat tires or 1X is less. My bike is heavy but I notice it more loading it on the truck than riding. Spend most of my time at Jonathan Dickinson.

There are literally hundreds of bike options on a spectrum of cost/quality/on-off road capability, hard to make a discrete recommendation. Personally in your scenario I'd be looking at a fitness bike and spend time to get one I was really comfortable on. Figuring on a 10yr+ purchase you may want it to be more upright, or at least adjustable to get there.
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Originally Posted by SanCap1 View Post
Is your Trek Fuel to far gone to repair? Trek has some new nice bikes at decent prices. I thought of getting a Trek Roscoe 8 hardtail. It road well but I decided I wanted to stay with full suspension. I decided to put some money back into my 2005 Titanium Moots Cinco and am glad I did. Finding a new straight tube steerer was the hard part, all the new forks are tapered.


Thats an expensive bike. How big are you? that seat is up there!
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
If you go gravel, I have a close friend selling a Lynsky Titanium gravel bike in excellent condition. He used to work for Shimano and knows how to take care of a bike. What size frame are you looking for?

You could always buy a newer used bike from someone looking to upgrade. Kinda like bike 2 footitus.
Thanks... but at 53 my back is not what it once was..... Need to be a bit more upright than the gravel.....

Just went and looked at the Santa Cruz Chameleon ... Nice bike ....
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Unless you are riding strictly down hill I wouldn't both with full suspension. Too heavy.

My next bike will be 27.5, if you are tall you might look at 29'ers too. Our Son rides a 29...it's fast. But too tall for me in the technical stuff.

Santa Cruz very popular around here.

Good luck-I love my bikes!
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Originally Posted by bayfisher92 View Post
Thats an expensive bike. How big are you? that seat is up there!
The frame alone was 3K back in 2005, I am 5'11". The frame is a little on the small side for me, that is why the seat is a bit higher. Very comfortable to ride.

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