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Old 01-09-10, 04:44 PM   #1
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I Now Own 2 Bikes/Which to Ride?

I am mainly a road guy, but I do like to mountain bike as well. As of today, I now have 2 bikes, but I don't know which one I should make my main ride. I have owned a 2004 Trek 6700 since I bought if from my cousin in 2005. It probably has 40-50 rides on it and is in very good condition. One weird thing about it is it is a woman's version. I put a longer stem on it, and it fits well. It has been a solid bike for the little amount of mountain bike riding I do.

Today, I got a second bike off of craigslist. It is a 2000 Rocky Mountain Instinct. The only reason I got it was it gave me a way to get rid of a Kurt Kinetic trainer that I have had 3 years and used twice. He took the trainer and $100 for the bike. The bike looks solid, but it has been ridden a ton. He is an avid mtn biker.

My question is which bike would be the best to choose as my go to ride. I mainly do XC style riding. No big jumps. I have a 17 mile loop that I do twice that has a little bit of everything. (Oak Mtn in Bham, AL) I would love to hear any comments or suggestions.
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Only 2 bikes? Why so few?
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Only 2 bikes? Why so few?
I guess I am a slacker. I do also have a road bike. I wouldn't have gotten this new bike if the guy wouldn't have given me so much money for my old trainer. Even if I end up liking my original bike better, I can use the Rocky Mtn as a bike for my brother and friends when they come into town. I will be interested in seeing how the full suspension handles since I have always used a hardtail.
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Hard to say, they're not even the same kind of bike really nor do you give much indication of what components the Instinct has or what shape the suspension is in. Ride them both, alternate and see what you prefer. FWIW the Instinct retailed for about triple the 6700, so there's that, too.
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Hard to say, they're not even the same kind of bike really nor do you give much indication of what components the Instinct has or what shape the suspension is in. Ride them both, alternate and see what you prefer. FWIW the Instinct retailed for about triple the 6700, so there's that, too.
I do realize they are different bikes in that one is a hardtail and the other is FS, but I do feel they are both set up to handle my type of riding. I mountain bike for the cardio. I don't do anything aggressive. We have a 17 mile loop that I will go out and do 1,2 or 3 times.

I guess that was my question. What is better a bike in average condition from 2000 that retailed for 2200 or a bike that is in very good condition from 2004. I also thought there might be someone hear that might have one of these Rocky Mtn Instincts that could give me help.
Obviously, the best thing to do is to just take both of them out and compare, but I just got the RM yesterday. Any more thoughts would be appreciated.
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Having just added the Rockhopper to my stable, I now have the three bikes listed in my sig in my garage. All are in perfect riding condition but I'm not riding very frequently these days so I'm only riding my ParkPre. It kills me to have the Interloc go un-used (which is now set up with platform pedals and a lock, with the intention of using it for short trips instead of driving), so as soon as it warms up just a bit around here, my plan is to create reasons to ride all three.

Saturday morning training ride? Take the ParkPre. Tuesday lunch errand to the grocery store? Take the Interloc. Thursday late afternoon MTB ride instead of a jog. We'll see.

If any of these bikes just sit around for more than a year...then maybe it's time to part with one of 'em...which will be tough since both my roadies I built from the frame up.
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This is why I only own one bike for each purpose. Otherwise, I would stare at my stable trying to decide until my riding time is up.

However, I noticed that the 6700 is a hardtail and the Instinct is dual squishy. If I was in that position, I would use the Instinct for rougher, more technical rides, and use the 6700 on lighter surfaces. Get a feel for both of them and decide which one is best for longer distances.
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what urban said. This is why I normally keep several bikes. Only have 2 at the moment but that's ok, not much riding getting done this time of year. One road bike for...well, road. A hardtail 29er for the faster, smoother single track, a full squishy for the more technical, rougher stuff and the SS rigid 29er for goofing off on the faster, smoother single track. They all serve a purpose to make your rides more enjoyable.
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This is why I only own one bike for each purpose. Otherwise, I would stare at my stable trying to decide until my riding time is up.

However, I noticed that the 6700 is a hardtail and the Instinct is dual squishy. If I was in that position, I would use the Instinct for rougher, more technical rides, and use the 6700 on lighter surfaces. Get a feel for both of them and decide which one is best for longer distances.
I am definitely a minimalist when it comes to owning bikes. Before this trade, I had one road and one mtn. I was just pumped to get rid of the trainer that I never used and get a bike that I could at the very least use for family/friends that come in from out of town. It will also allow me to see how I like riding a full suspension, since all I have ever ridden is a hardtail.

The one thing I didn't consider was that I might be getting such a good deal that I would have to decipher which one would be the better ride. I ran again today, but I think I will be able to go out this week to see how I like the Rocky Mtn.
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I am definitely a minimalist when it comes to owning bikes. Before this trade, I had one road and one mtn. I was just pumped to get rid of the trainer that I never used and get a bike that I could at the very least use for family/friends that come in from out of town. It will also allow me to see how I like riding a full suspension, since all I have ever ridden is a hardtail.

The one thing I didn't consider was that I might be getting such a good deal that I would have to decipher which one would be the better ride. I ran again today, but I think I will be able to go out this week to see how I like the Rocky Mtn.
While you may consider yourself a minimalist in terms of bikes, sounds more like you're a minimalist in terms of riding. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Judging all suspension bikes by the one you've got? That's wrong. Maybe even judging all hardtail bikes by the one you've got isn't so hot. But you're a roadie, so grain of salt stuff. Trainers? What, training wheels? A bike stuck indoors on a stand? WTF has that got to do with mountain biking?
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While you may consider yourself a minimalist in terms of bikes, sounds more like you're a minimalist in terms of riding. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Judging all suspension bikes by the one you've got? That's wrong. Maybe even judging all hardtail bikes by the one you've got isn't so hot. But you're a roadie, so grain of salt stuff. Trainers? What, training wheels? A bike stuck indoors on a stand? WTF has that got to do with mountain biking?
I never said I would judge all bikes based on one bike. Call me crazy but I think I am going to learn more about FS bikes from riding a FS bike over my old hardtail. I also love the shots about the minimalist riding and the hardtail. You sound like a really cool guy.
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I never said I would judge all bikes based on one bike. Call me crazy but I think I am going to learn more about FS bikes from riding a FS bike over my old hardtail. I also love the shots about the minimalist riding and the hardtail. You sound like a really cool guy.
No more than the shots about trying to make determinations about all of hardtails or all of fs bikes based on the two models you've chosen, er, happened upon....

There's a lot more to mountain biking other than some sort of weird training circuit you do over and over....YMMV
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There's a lot more to mountain biking other than some sort of weird training circuit you do over and over....

I pity the fool who doesn't agree with this.
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since all I have ever ridden is a hardtail.
Oh, you might become spoiled and never want to go back. Way back when, I had to retire my hardtail frame and tossed the drivetrain on my downhill bike which I had stopped using. The extra weight was a small price for the comfort and traction. My main reason for going hardtail when I got back into it is because I hate carrying a Camelback and very few full suspension bikes hold two bottle cages.
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Oh, you might become spoiled and never want to go back. Way back when, I had to retire my hardtail frame and tossed the drivetrain on my downhill bike which I had stopped using. The extra weight was a small price for the comfort and traction. My main reason for going hardtail when I got back into it is because I hate carrying a Camelback and very few full suspension bikes hold two bottle cages.
I am betting that I end up riding the 6700 more than the Instinct, but maybe the Instinct will surprise me. My brother and I will go over to Arkansas and North Carolina for a few rides a year while fishing for trout, but the rest of my riding is at a nearby state park.

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Pretty impressive being that there are about as many worthless posts as there are good posts in response to my thread. I guess that is what I should expect these days. I will end it with a facepalm of my own.

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More great info in the last two posts. Keep it coming.
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Still not as bad as road cycling, where we are lucky to have 2 useful posts per page.
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You're disappointed in us because you can't decide which bike to ride? This isn't a matter of you looking to buy one of two bikes and are looking for people's experiences with them...you already own these bikes! Get out and ride them and decide which one rides better for what you want. I have three mountain bikes: a Yeti AS-R, a DMR Drone, and a Jamis Komodo. The Yeti is my go-to bike because most of my riding is XC riding, and that's the bike that rides best for that purpose. It's the best climber and it's got the best feeling ride for that purpose. But I don't bring it if I go jumping...I think before I grab a bike and pick the bike suited for that purpose. Ride your bikes and figure out what rides best for what and go from there. You don't need us to hand-hold everything.
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