This is a funny storey but one that left me frustrated.
I have heard of this bike shop in vancouver. Cheap prices, good parts good service. I plan on making around 1700$ worth of purchases over the winter and am looking for a shop to buy parts (in the winter there are no lbs as they turn into snowboard shops) I walk in. First of all he doesn't acknowledge me to start. Even though I am clearly interested in his most expensive stock. When he finally does speak with me I ask about Z1 freeride fork explaining that I currently own a Kona Roast with a 4 inch fork. HE explains that he only buys forks when they are on special as they aren't worth the full price (I am willing to pay full price but hey this is a small thing compared to his next mistake) I ask what his opinion would be for a 'suitable' replacement. HE carries rock shox and manitous and I am interested in everyones opinion.
He proceeds to direct me to a 2003 3 inch suspension xc fork. I almost laughed at him but quickyl said "That fork would screw up the geometry of my bike". So he then points at a boxxer 6 or 7 inch (his words) dc fork. I then proceeded to walk out of the store. No matter how cheap he is I can't bring myself to buy from a moron.
I also happened to hear him trying to sell a bike to a customer (before the incident) He was looking at a Rocky Mountain Hammer which is a great xc bike. This guy specifically asked 'Is this a good all mountain / freeride type bike'. The owner then stated 'Yes it is a great bike for all mountain'. Its not. Especially for a rider of this size. It is clearly a xc geometry which would be trashed on a freeride trail.
How can someone like this own a store. Especially in an area where riders are generally hardcore and know bikes. I couldn't help but just laugh but this is a really pissy situation. Just to let everyone know he doesn't run a cross shop either, he only carrys mountain bikes. He doesn't have anything street worthy so he has even less he has to know then some of the shops that carry street and mountain.
I don't rant too often but this just steamed me up when all was said and done.