I don't ride at all right now, I have never seriously rode and don't expect to ever seriously ride. I want a bike to screw around on in the campgrounds and trails this summer.
Checking out an STP1. I understand what the bike is designed for. I know my abilities are not going to have me riding extreme like the STP is designed for. But I do prefer that BMX, and technical kind of riding. I think I am going to like this bike, I really like the feel of the geometry over the typical mountain bike frame.
How much of a dog will the STP1 be if covering some mild distances (10 miles) either on paved bike paths or dirt trails? I need to know that I will be able to at least keep pace with the comfort bike groups. What should I expect? Can I pump up the tires, raise the seat and keep pace, or am I going to be sucking wind and killing my knees? So for a street bike, how would an STP1 compare to say a $300.00 comfort bike on the road/trail? Can you really sit down and cover some ground with this thing, or is it meant to be stood up on most of the time?
Lets say I am willing to plunk down $1K on this thing off the shelf, stock condition. Am I getting my moneys worth regarding the components, or should I look at other manufacturers alternatives, or possibly having the shop go frame and build, even if it means a few hundred more?
I really enjoy quality stuff and would be willing to spend a bit more if the quality and durability justified it.
Any feed back would be appreciated. My Local Bike Shop seems to really push the Giant brand. I like the shop and don't mind Giant, but also don't want to miss some obvious other choices.