Ok FOO, here is your chance to help me make a very important decision! No unreasonable input refused!
I suppose I could post in the MTB forum, but you peeps rock so much I wanted to know what you think.
I have this bike on a paid hold until the weather clears up here to take for a test ride.
What I'm looking for: Never mountain biked. Just want something to get me started for a season or two, since I don't want to drop the big bux right now. Its on a closeout for $469.99.
Concerns I have: No lock-out on rear suspension. In fact, I'm not even sure I need rear suspension (and could probably get more bike for my $ in something front-suspension) but am considering it a pretty good deal for something to beat around on.
- 3" travel rear suspension to suit lighter XC/Trail riders, with easily adjustable air shock
- Air-sprung suspension fork with lockout sets up easily for balanced performance
- Disc brakes for better braking control, a smaller rear rotor keeps weight down
- K2 Fit System stem easily adjusts handlebar height to the rider's size and preference
- FRAME - 3" TRAVEL FULL SUSPENSION, 6061 AL, T:NINE SPECIFIC TUBING, FOR DISC BRAKES, WITH SMOOTH WELDING
- REAR SHOCK - SPINNER SUS-R, AIR SPRING & REBOUND ADJUST
- FORK - SPINNER POINT 254, 80mm TRAVEL, AIR SPRING & REBOUND ADJUST, WITH LOCKOUT, AL STEERER
- FRONT DERAILLEUR - SHIMANO ALTUS
- REAR DERAILLEUR - SHIMANO ALIVIO
- SHIFTERS - SHIMANO MC40 RAPIDFIRE PLUS
- FREE WHEEL CASSETTE - SHIMANO HG40 8 SPEED CASSETTE, 11-32T
- CRANKSET - SHIMANO FC-M311
- BOTTOM BRACKET - SEALED CARTRIDGE
- CHAIN - KMC Z7 WITH REUSABLE LINK
- RIM - ALEX ACE 17 DOUBLE-WALL
- TIRES - KENDA KOMODO, 26 X 1.95"
- BRAKES - TEKTRO MECHANICAL DISC BRAKES, 160/140mm ROTORS
- BRAKE LEVERS - TEKTRO ALLOY, WOMEN SPECIFIC SHORT-REACH
- HEADSET - 1 1/8" THREADLESS, INTEGRATED
- STEM - K2 BIKE FIT SYSTEM BY NVO, MELT-FORGED AL
- HANDLEBAR - T:NINE TUNED ALUMINUM FLAT BAR
- GRIPS - T:NINE MOUNTAIN DESIGN, DUAL-DENSITY
- SEAT CLAMP - ALLOY, WITH QR
- SEAT POST - 2014-T6 AL, 2D FORGED HEAD, WITH MICRO-ADJUST, NO SETBACK
- SADDLE - T:NINE FITNESS/MTB, WITH CUSTOM COVER & GEL PADDING
- PEDALS - RESIN MTB PLATFORM
- RINGS - 22/32/42
- FRONT HUB - ALLOY DISC, WITH QR
- REAR HUB - ALLOY CASSETTE DISC, WITH QR
- SPOKES - 14 GA STAINLESS WI
- TH BRASS NIPPLES