Ride it, don't fondle it!
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Grand Junction, CO
Bikes: Raleigh M80, Bacchetta AERO, Bacchetta GIRO, BikeE, 83' TREK 970, Catrike Speed, IRO Fixie/SS
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Ok, so here is the deal. I am about to purchase a DiamondBack SL Super 05'. I best get hot since there are not many left. I am an eastcoast rider and I am moving to Grand Junction CO next month. So I will be riding in Frutia, Crested Butte etc. and will be going to Moab for a look see, but I'm told it is quite crowded compared to most places on the CO western slope.
I am torn, I have an 18" upgraded Raleigh Talus.It is an 18" I have always rode an 18". I am strictly an XC type. I do like fast downhills and small to moderate jumps. However, I know from looking at some of the trails in my new to be home, that they are quite different than the eastcoast stuff in MD and VA. So I want to add the XL Super. I'm trying to deceide if a 16" in the FS would be better than the 18. I am a healthy 56 an weigh in at 175/180 with a 30.5 inseam. I have excellent handling skills and have been an avid rider of ALL types of bikes. Road. MTB, recumbent road etc. Opinions on sizing needed. The bike is a lock.