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    Went bike shopping with the in-laws today and...

    ...they bought these. They wanted good hardtails for all-around riding and trail-riding (they are not geriatric: mid-40's).

    She fell in love with the Marlin wsd right away and didn't try anything else, and for him we tried a Trek 4500/6500, and a Specialized Rockhopper before settling on the Tassajara. The Tass had noticeably more standover height than the other bikes, and he's on the shorter side. As you can see, I've de-reflectorized them already...

    Bike shopping is fun.



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    Very sweet man! Nothing like getting other people into biking!

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    Bike shopping is REALLY fun with someone else's money!
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    Quote Originally Posted by a2psyklnut
    Bike shopping is REALLY fun with someone else's money!
    You beat me to it. Actually, any shopping with someone else's money is fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juha
    You beat me to it. Actually, any shopping with someone else's money is fun!

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    Amen to that brotha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tag1
    ...they bought these. They wanted good hardtails for all-around riding and trail-riding...
    ...As you can see, I've de-reflectorized them already...

    Why would you de-reflectorize a bike that will be used for "all around riding?" If they were going to say on the trail exclusively fine, but if they will be ridden on the street I think it's a mistake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kemmer
    What would you de-reflectorize a bike that will be used for "all around riding?" If they were going to say on the trail exclusively fine, but they will be ridden on the street I think it's a mistake.
    Yeah, I've never gotten the point of dereflectorizing. I just got a wheel built from an old hub (on a wheel with a cracked rim and a reflector) and I got it back sans reflector. This was for my touring bike and I was mid tour. WTF?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tag1
    As you can see, I've de-reflectorized them already..
    That's good, but you are still missing something...


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    Quote Originally Posted by kemmer
    Why would you de-reflectorize a bike that will be used for "all around riding?" If they were going to say on the trail exclusively fine, but if they will be ridden on the street I think it's a mistake.

    1. The usual reason (reflectors always end up breaking off if you ride enough, leaving debris in the trail, etc, etc)
    2. Majority of bikes usage will be on trails
    3. They won't be ridden at night
    4. They asked me to

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    Wonderful picks. Both are great and trek-owned companies...not to mention its the same company

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    Quote Originally Posted by shorty4543
    Wonderful picks. Both are great and trek-owned companies...not to mention its the same company
    Hey mcfly...we have a trek fan here...captain obvious...hello...mcfly

    ok we get it, you like trek......there is more to this world than trek...sooo sooooooooooooooooo much more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    Hey mcfly...we have a trek fan here...captain obvious...hello...mcfly


    You are so right...there is way more to this world than trek. For instance - Gary Fisher.

    Actually it's funny they both ended up with Fishers because I have one but was being careful to not sway them brand-wise at all. Just told them to go for whatever felt best (in the price range all the components were pretty similiar)...

    The Rockhopper was a close second, but apparently the Tass felt lighter/nimbler, which pops liked.
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    Yessir, i won't deny it. I grew up with them and work at a Trek Concept store that sells nothing but Trek and Gary Fisher in terms of Mtn bikes.

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