I work as a bike mechanic for a bike shop that carries Giant...what bike should I buy
First off I want to say high to everyone since this is my first post.
I have been a bike mechanic for pretty much the last 3 seasons during my time off from college. I basically got in the business because I needed a job one summer and my best friend was leaving his job at the bike shop so I took over for him, but I was never really into bikes before then.
Well for the past 3 years I didn't even own a bike, I basically just worked for the money, not so much because I was into bikes. But just last month I sold a lady a new hybrid and she wanted me to throw out her old bike. I thought to myself that it was going to be a 30 year old POS, but it ended up being a mint ~5 year old Specialized Crossroads...so I took it home.
So I have been biking around with the crossroads quite abit and I'm having alot of fun, plus it saves gas. I like to ride in the trails, but since my bike is a hybrid and a full rigid, it is not so comfortable off-road. I do however like the fact of how smooth the 700c wheels roll on the road.
Well so all this has gotten me interested in getting a new bike. From what I hear the prodeals through Giant are amazing so I should be able to get a very good bike for very cheap. I could probably just sell my current Crossroads for ~$100-$150 on ebay, and then use the money for a new Giant mountain bike. At our shop we deal A LOT with road bikes, but very little with mountain bikes so I need some help as to what would be good for me.
My question is what bike should I bike looking for. I do about 75% on the road and 25% in the dirt trails. I won't be doing any jumping or anything of that extreme. I would like to buy a dedicated mountain bike for when I hit the trails cause the hybrid isn't cutting it. I figure I can always put skinny tires on a mountain bike, but canít really do much with a hybrid. Plus I might just get an FCR flat handle road bike in the future for the streets.
So what should I be looking at as far as a mountain. Should I go for a hardtail or full suspension? I know that is full suspension isnít meant for comfort, but I hate bobbing around every time I go over an object on the trail, but then again I have a full rigid hybrid now. Should I go big (over $1k) or just buy some entry level hardtail like a Rincon to make sure Iím not into this as just a phase.
So Iím thinking of eitherÖ
Going big and buying either an NRS or Trance Full suspensionÖ
Going small and buying either a Yukon or Rincon to make sure Iím really into mountain biking before I blow money...
Either way I can probably sell whatever I buy for what I paid a few years down the line so its not that big of a deal.
ÖÖ.Also should I wait for the 2006 lineup to come out to see what Giant has to offer, or just buy a 2005 now. From what my boss said the 06 line comes out in Feb 06.
Thanks for the help.
At our shop we deal A LOT with road bikes, but very little with mountain bikes so I need some help as to what would be good for me.