I am on the fence!!! I know I want a new hardtail...
I currently ride a 2001 GT i-Drive Race which has pretty much remained 'stock' (different seat, wheels and I added disc brakes). I love this bike - but holy cow - it's so heavy compared to my buddy's cannondale lefty HT!
So I got to searching around....
and have it narrowed down to 2 bikes.
2008 GT Expert Disc for <$1000 at Performance
2009 Motobecane FLY 9357 @ $1400 BD
I'm not interested in flames - I know the differences between the bikes -
I am however looking for real world experiences with either of these bikes....
I love the component groupo and the look of the FLY - it looks like the Vuelta Wheels (XRP Team Edition) might be considered 'crap'??! But the SID Race fork and FSA Cranks - make up for subpar wheels.
On the other hand - I have ALWAYS wanted a Zaskar !! from the first day I started riding - they seemed like they were the shiznit !!!
What does a guy do?? get the better frame with the lesser components and spend gobs of money in upgrades? Or get a a bike with amazing components with the intentions of looking for a Zaskar frame to swap everything out to one day?
6'5" - 235 - 39yrs old - with aspirations to ride 3x's a week on intermediate trails around the Frontrange!