Originally Posted by Big Pete
Ok yesterday I went to two LBS and the one that was the most helpful and the most knowledgable person I have spoke to yet also this person was a girl! This shop appeared to have the best deal but was the Giant dealer on an 09 Rincon I researched the Rincon last night on the MTBR forum only because for some reason I could not search this forum?
The other was Specialized to look at Hardrock Sport where the kid who helped me looked like his other job was at Abercrombie & Fitch he was nice but not so knowledgable
Both bikes have double wall rims, same gauge spokes but the hard rock has spokes that do not cross and the rincon has tripple cross spokes? Does this make a difference for a #300 + clyde
I have found that the MTBR forum isn't a true representation of reality, even for mountain bikers, most of the reviewers expect a $400 factory built mountain bike to perform like a $10,000 custom built downhill rig.
I am not familiar with either bike you looked at, but four things to remember:
1) Bike fit
2) You buy the dealer more then you buy the bicycle
3) Bike fit
4) Did I mention bike fit.
Let me elaborate:
If you look at two $1000 bikes from different companies in the same bike class, they are probably going to use a similar line of components, and be of similar quality. The important thing is, does the bike generally fit, and can fit be dialled in to perfect. A bike that does not fit, is not comfortable, and if it's not comfortable, you will not ride it, if you do not ride it, then you wasted your money.
Your dealer is the organization you will return to for repairs, adjustments, parts, accessories, etc. If they know their stuff and treat you well, then it is easier for you to keep your bike functioning well, and a joy to ride.
Don't be put off by the sales person being a girl, I've met some women riders who make our most hard core riders look like a bunch of wimps. Some do work in bike shops, and really know their stuff. The key is, if a shop knows how to deal with the larger rider. I've seen shops where they are willing to open the other door to let a larger person in, without saying anything other then "let me get that for you, may I help you" I've seen other shops that might as well have a scale at the door, with an arrow at the 70kg mark that says, if you weigh more then this, then do not enter. You want the first shop, not the second.