I'm thinking full suspension. I currently ride a GT Avalanche 2.0 2004 model with a few upgrades.
(Bondtrager seat and grips,Truvativ Blaze cranks with a Gigapipe BB,Truvativ Downhill pedals,WTB Rapter tires,etc).I have been riding for over a year now, clocked in over 500 miles from last May and now have the desire to own a Full suspension. I ride mostly trails that consist of Paved and unpaved. Some up hill climbing but nothing serious. We go to Jim Thorpe once or twice a year for some killer riding Downhill and very nice trails.
I'm a large dude being 5'11 weight in at 240lbs. My GT has taken everything I have done to it and it doesn't show any wear. It's been a great bike but the hardtail does beat you up on bumpy trails. After a few conversations with bike shop dudes, these are the 2 bikes that suit me. A Cannadale lefty and a Giant FS also came into play but I like the Specialized and Trek better.
I'm having a hard time deciding on which bike is better. The Cranks are both Truvativ, the Trek has Bondtragers but they are suppost to be made by Truvatiz, I don't know if thats true or not. The Trek seems to have complete balance in gear and the Specialized seems to mix it up here and there. I rode both bikes alot and I like them just about the same.This is why I seek add on advise from you guys.
Give me some opnions on equipment and the bike companies, Personal experience etc. I used to ride in the 80's and the brand names I'm used to are now on the lower end. GT was huge with me and I owned many of them. I trusted them as I owned 5 of there bikes .
What do you guys think? I have clipless pedals but the kind of riding I do , I feel better on the Platforms.maybe I just need to give them a try.I watch alot of people I ride with crash when I do not. I can get off my pedals and put a foot down in a difficult turn much quicker then they can with clipless. But again maybe i just need to do it and get the benefits that they bring.
Help please and thanks in advance for the help