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    Default Recommend me an AM bike around $3.5k

    I’m considering upgrading my AM bike. My current bike is a substantially upgraded 2014 650b Trek Remedy, weighs in about 13.5kg.

    Requirements for a new bike would be…

    - 650b wheels (not interested in 29”)
    - Alloy frame is ok
    - Must have 11 sp drivetrain
    - Must weight 13.5 kg or less
    - Prefer new, otherwise I'd just stick with what I've got
    - Base package must be good (forks, frame, shock), I'd probably change out bars, stem, dropper etc. to what I prefer

    My riding is AM with preference for the descents over the climbs. Not sure if 160mm is the go, the 150mm/140mm combo I'm running now works for me!

    If I can get some coin for my bike I shouldn’t have too many woes with the other half spending circa. $3.5k (ish) for a new bike – what’s out there? Any recommendations?

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    New trance.

    The mid 3k model is pretty dope, 1x11 etc. 150mm/140mm. Geo thats not to long/slack, better all round trail bike than a full on enduro sled. I've ridden my mates one extensively and am very impressed, if I wasn't such a transition fanboi I'd be riding one of them. Much more enjoyable to ride than my old 2015 reign, but I'm not gonna say it's better than my scout.

    Edit: just ditch the paper thin schwalbes, rubbish tyres that tear too easily.
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    If you can scrape up another $500, or find one on sale, the Norco Sight A7.2 might be the way to go. They don't give a weight, but I'd be surprised if it was over the 13.5 kg mark. I have the A7.1, and it's a whole lot of fun.
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    Pretty sure this fits your criteria. More models on sale too.

    https://www.canyon.com/en-au/mtb/spe...cf-9-0-ex.html

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    https://www.rotorburn.com/forums/sho...ct#post3138646

    Abit shorter travel than what you were originally looking at but its an absolute steal at this price, and its a very hard charging am trailbike. bang a 150mm air shaft in the fork and you're cheering. The frame retails for $2750 odd, and they haven't really changed it since its inception.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BT180 View Post
    Pretty sure this fits your criteria. More models on sale too.

    https://www.canyon.com/en-au/mtb/spe...cf-9-0-ex.html
    Bit of out my price range but this one has my attention:-

    https://www.canyon.com/en-au/mtb/spe...al-al-7-0.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by richie_gt View Post
    Bit of out my price range but this one has my attention:-

    https://www.canyon.com/en-au/mtb/spe...al-al-7-0.html
    They're great bikes. Can you stretch to the AL 7.0EX with 1X drivetrain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultra Lord View Post
    https://www.rotorburn.com/forums/sho...ct#post3138646

    Abit shorter travel than what you were originally looking at but its an absolute steal at this price, and its a very hard charging am trailbike. bang a 150mm air shaft in the fork and you're cheering. The frame retails for $2750 odd, and they haven't really changed it since its inception.
    Nice bike, but I'm leaning towards a new bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BT180 View Post
    They're great bikes. Can you stretch to the AL 7.0EX with 1X drivetrain?
    Not sure, that's another $1k above my 'budget'. All depends on how much coin I can get for my current ride, my Trek has a heap of upgraded parts that are a decent spec but I don't think I'll get much for it!

    I'll have a closer read of your Canyon thread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by richie_gt View Post
    Not sure, that's another $1k above my 'budget'. All depends on how much coin I can get for my current ride, my Trek has a heap of upgraded parts that are a decent spec but I don't think I'll get much for it!

    I'll have a closer read of your Canyon thread!
    Might be better to part it out and get more for the bits separately.

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