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Old 08-22-03, 07:49 PM   #1
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4 hr shopping, 6 bike shops later, still no new bike

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.
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Old 08-22-03, 08:24 PM   #2
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see if you can ge tthe 2001 stumpjumper for cheaper. Its a really good bike. They will probably want to get rid of it cuz its a 2001 model so bargain with them
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see if you can ge tthe 2001 stumpjumper for cheaper. Its a really good bike. They will probably want to get rid of it cuz its a 2001 model so bargain with them
it was nice ride indeed. but i still want to try out the kona hoss before i make an decision. for the price of the hoss, its the best bang for the buck ive seen.
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WHat were the noname brand bikes,sometimes they are better than you might think.Back when i bought my first mtb a shop carried only kona and jamis.At the time i knew nothing of either and wouldn't even look at them.Later i learned more and i love both brands.
Btw killerasp i'm originally from syracuse.Was there a year ago and rode the old quarry trails and had a blast.Plus the trails were in my grandmothers backyard.
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what did the hardrock ride like? becuase im buying one
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At least u had a good time trying all the nice bikes out
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Curious, what is wrong with buying a Trek? They have alot of speciality bikes for all kinds of riding? Too corporate?
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Transparent, I've been riding a '03 Hardrock Pro...very happy with the bike. I use it for Mtn and Road...It's a good all around bike. I looked at quite a few bikes and it seemed like a good bang for my buck.
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what did the hardrock ride like? becuase im buying one
After trying the stumpy and the rockhopper, i asked to try the hardrock. he looked at me for a second and said that shouldnt, it isnt as good as good as the stumpy and the rockhopper. i told him i just watned to try it.

Well, first off i noticed that the chain was making alot of noise while shifting. and the shifting was not smooth. i guess it was because of the compenents that came with the hard drock. the suspension was decent for a judy TT. But the foxes felt much better.

It was a good bike, but after riding the stumpy and the rockhopper, it was not better than those two in terms of compoents. the frame was sturdy and not too heavy.
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i totally agree, once you ride a bike the next level up, you almost can't justify spending money on an inferior product.
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Echoing what SinGate said... did you give the Treks a try? They do have some nice upper end front suspesion bikes. Also, have a look at Giant... Ive got a 2002 XTC SE-1 and love it. For under $2000 you get a mix of XTR and XT, Mavic Cross-Max wheel set, a feather light aluminum frame and Rock Shox SID fork. The bike handles and climbs better than any I have owned so far... including my Fisher Supercaliber.

Dont get too hung up on brands... they all make some nice rides if you look.

Good luck!
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