I've got a 20" Giant Trance dual suspension. It was a show bike for Giant, and our Giant rep sold it to me for CHEAP and it's got a good component spec, but a dually in my area is too much. The wheelbase is too long, which hinders my handling in the technical courses and slows me down a little bit in races.
So yeah, I want to swap everything to a hardtail, but I'm short on cash, and can't afford an XTC even with an employee purchase. How are those hardtail Leader frames on the Bay?
Does anyone have one? Thanks.
I agree, the Trance is a badass bike, and I like it, but it doesn't suit the riding that I do.
I would like to keep it for a 24 hour race I'm doing later this year...
You're kinda where I was at. I went from HT's to a Jamis XLT b/c I love dually's. I couldn't enjoy my terrain all that much, so I went back to a hardtail...then I tried a freeride hardtail setup...but got back to that place where I knew that I'd have more fun on a smaller sled. I'm back to pretty much a light AM HT.
You say you got the trance from your rep? So you work in a shop right? If so, isn't there anything else you could scrounge up there. I know the shop I part time at would look at me funny (and a few evil eyes) if I bought a cheapo online frame when I could get the same deal on something through the shop.
Like Chelboed said, AM HT is the way to go, at least for most of the country.