Old, SLOW bike rider! ;)
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Colorado Springs, CO.
Bikes: 1993 Mongoose Switchback MTB
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My only concern with the Trace is that the suspension fork does NOT have a "lock out" option. If your riding on asphalt that has a bit of rippleing, (ie stutter bumps), it will make the bike feel a bit like a pogo stick, (from my past experiance) as the extension and rebound never get time to settle in. IF your going to be riding a lot a dirt/gravel/limestone rail trails then the suspension would be a good thing, if not then I'd prefer a "non-suspension" fork. Now I don't care for the "Shimano Tourney" rear derailluer on the K2, the Shimano Altus on the Trace, while a lower end derailluer, I've found always "works" and doesn't seem to need as much "adjustments" as the Tourney derailluers, jmho, ymmv. Does K2 have a model the next step up, in the standard price range of the Trace you could try out?
Take care, RIDE SAFE, have FUN!
1993 Mongoose Switchback Ridged MTB, converted to a "Rail Trail Bike"! :)