This will be my first full suspension bike. I’m looking for a more aggressive full suspension trail bike under $2,000. It looks like the used options offer much better quality than anything new for that price. I’m looking at travel between 130 and 150. Aggressive, but not an enduro bike since I want easier climbing and comfort for xc when out with the family. That being said when the opportunity comes to ride aggressive, I want a bike that can handle it. The 4 I’m considering are as follows and are between $1500 and $1900.
2018 specialized stumpjumper Comp alloy 29
2017 giant trance 27.5 – alloy
2017 intense primer expert 29 – carbon
2017 salsa redpoint 27.5 – carbon
Salsa has the best components and group set, but looks like it sucks for climbing. Geometry puts the rider far back and the travel is at the high end of what I need. Am I wrong?
Intense has the least amount with 130 rear and 140 fork, but it might be plenty for me.