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thinking of getting a new mountain bike.

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by aficianado, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. aficianado

    aficianado [OP] Well-Known Member

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    sorry, need some special attention here and didnt want to glam onto the other mega-thread.

    three bikes i am leaning towards..

    Trek Flex EX 9..(maybe a Remedy 9 $$)
    Santa Cruz Blur LT
    Specialized Epic comp. 29er

    i like aluminum frames..i only ride cross country. no downhill stuff for me, besides what i get for riding uphill :D

    i ride my ancient (2000) Specialized FSR now daily. i do it to relieve stresses of work, and help my hypertension. it is working. my doc is happy for me. i went into a store to buy tubes and patches..and they sell all three brands. they only had a Flex onsite, but they said their other location as more of the others.

    man..any recommendations? i have been out of bike shopping for so long! it is insane..only 2 front chainrings?!!! who would have thunk it?

    wife is about to let me pull the trigger!!
     
  2. Airun

    Airun Well-Known Member

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    I'm not a clown wheeler fan, but the spec may be your best bet for xc performance especially if you are on the tallish side (over 5'11" ish).

    By Flex, do u mean Fuel by any chance? Not real familiar with Treks.

    The Trek and SC lean more toward aggressive trail/all mountain.
     
  3. aficianado

    aficianado [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Duh. FUEL. Wrote a letter about frame flex. Had flex on the brain.
     
  4. dexterdog

    dexterdog My pee parts itch

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    Yeah, stick with a 26er or even try one of the new 27.5ers unless you're on the tall side. I am 5'9" and my 29er frame is super small which makes everything feel weird. Plus, I don't necessarily dig being farther from the ground. I need to switch to a 26er.
     
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    babytruck Babytruck, babytruck...I've got a babytruck :)

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    I was behind a 10-year old girl during a race this summer, she was all of 80 pounds and was riding a Niner 29er and was fast. My fastest riding buddy is about 5'9" and hauls butt on a 29er. That said, I have one of each, and I love my Fuel EX 9. I have the 2011 components with the DT Swiss M1800 wheelset, it is sweet.

    Ride one of each, and take advantage of any demos in your area.
     
  7. Airun

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    Yeah I'm definitely gonna look at 27.5/650b wheel size when my time comes for an upgrade.
     
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