Walk into LBS.
Me: "Hi, we are looking for a HARDTAIL with front suspension, disc brakes, not entry level components but not top of the line either, as a starter bike."
LBS guy: "Oh we have this over here"
Me: "But that's a single speed"
LBS guy: "It has the dropouts where you can put a derailleur hanger on it."
Me: "But that's a rigid"
LBS guy: "It's a hardtail"
Me: "I'm sorry, please excuse me. I mean hardtail with front suspension"
LBS guy: "You can add a suspension fork."
Me: "But will the geometry work okay with going from rigid to 100mm suspension?"
LBS guy: "Yes, it has clearance."
Me: "And it doesn't have disc"
LBS guy: "You can add the disc brakes later. It has disc tabs."
Me: "But what's the point of getting a single speed, rigid, with rim brakes when a hardtail with gears and disc is what is needed?"
LBS guy: "Because I'm trying to save you money by selling you this bike. You can add it on later."
Me: "But how is this saving money?"
LBS guy: "You wanted entry level right?"
Me: "Yes, with gears and a suspension fork. And this is a 29er"
LBS guy: "29er's are easier to ride and go over obstacles with."
Me: "So I'm guessing you are a 29'er fanboy. What's wrong with 26 inches?"
LBS guy: "26 is good. Let me know if you need help."
He walks away. I've never heard of STOUT.
I looked around and the bike he was showing me was the only one of that brand in the entire store.
The whole time the guy kept having this 'holier than thou' arrogant and cocky attitude. EDUCATE me, don't look at me like I'm stupid. We went in there knowing pretty much what we wanted and he's telling me we want THIS. And to think we actually went a few miles out of the way to go to this particular store to avoid their sister store, which always has stoned guys hanging around the shop.
Come to find out when I get home it's at Bikes Direct.
Why do people do this?? Was I doing something wrong somewhere??