I went bike shopping today. my cousin "surpised" me by taking me bike shopping. She took the big minivan when she didnt have to, that was a real shocker there.
The first 2 stores were boring as hell. All they had were treks and some no name brands. Boring. Nothing of interest. The 3rd store had some Konas. Mostly 2003-2002 stuff. Nothing 2004. They had the 2003 Caldera. I rode that and it felt pretty good but it was not my size. I never rode a bike with front suspension so it felt werid when i pedeled, i went down on the fork. I guess its needs to be adjusted.
Visited 2 more stores and nothing there but some Treks and Santa Cruz bikes. I saw the Blur and pissed my pants. It had only been something ive seen in the magazines, but now it was in front of my eyes. It was beautful. I had to take it out for a spin. It was soooo smooth. Suspension was fantastic, gear shifting was a piece of cake. It was awesome, except for the price. For 3500, i could buy so much more, but it would be worth it.
The final store had a buttload of Specialized bikes for me to try out. I had tried out a 2001 Stumpjumper Comp, 2002 Rockhopper Comp and a 2003 Hard Rock. Out of them all i enjoyed the stumpy. The shifting was smooth, suspension was good. but of all of them, they felt light. I mean, compared to my old rigid, it felt so light and so fragile. Im not sure if its just me. but i guess its like that for all the new bikes.
I didnt get any new bike today b/c i still didn try out the Kona Hoss/Delux or the 2003 Caldera/Luna. I really want the Kona Hoss b/c of the price and the components that come with it. The 2001 Stumpy was almost 800 bucks, a 2003 is that same price, it wasnt worth it. I called every single Kona retailer near me and not one store had a Hoss. SO i guess im gonna have to wait on that new bike.