Originally Posted by Surfer99
The one thing I really about with the Fisher though is I have read on a few different forums that the frame on the Fisher is a love it or hate it type thing and I am worried that just because it feels fine riding around the LBS it might feel very different once I get it out on the trail.
I've ridden a few bikes, here is what you have to look for when test driving.
See how much your torso leans over to reach the bars. ***( I like
to lean, gives me more controlled feel. If the stem is too close, I feel I will flip over the bars if I were to hit a stump while on a decline or steep drop.
On the "up-hill", it's def. better, you can lean in real deep. The bike tries to pull the front wheel up.
When test driving Act like your in the forest with a bunch a trees, twisty turns, and declines. That will sorta simulate if the bike feels right.
I have a few rides, and there all setup different. If I were looking at "one" bike in that price range, I would look at the Rockhopper. It's got an aggressive feel, but not as much as the Fisher. http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkM...=38430&eid=107
I was torn between the Rockhopper and Marlin when I bought a new hardtail this year. To me the Fisher is the best looking, but the hopper felt better.
Far as trek, I was given a loaner for a few days. I didn't care for it at all.
In the end it's all personal preference, and what YOU get use to riding or "feel" for.
As far as my LBS's, they haven't served me well. I have been disappointed with the majority of them. I hate when they try and sell you what they have, insted of showing you what you want or need. However, there is a shop, about 50 miles from me that's pretty decent, but there prices are inflated. If you hang out on this forum, you will solve 99% of your problems, elimiating the need to run to the LBS. Sometimes you gotta dig deep, listen to few jokes, and bare a few smart "people". But for the most part these guys know their shi$.
About motobecane, Cycle spetrum is about 30 miles from me, they are owned by Bikesdirect.com. I was able to see the bikes they had online, at that store. If my budget would have allowed the FLY xc, or a FLY ti. It would be riding a motobecane. I went to check on the Phantom, they didn't have my size and I didn't like the colors. Not to mention CHELB talked me out of it. If you have a motobecane dealer near you, it's worth a look.