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.
Well anyway, I'm getting the 18". After talking to some DBR types and some folks that are riding the XL Super that are my size. The 18" it is. You may wonder why I would get a bike without riding it, fact is I got this on at and Verrrrrry good price and since cycling is one of my few hobbies, I can afford to try it without riding it. If I don't like it I'll sell it or give it away to one of my relatives.