I'm a 175-lb, 41-y/o roadie looking to get my first mountainbike since 1988. I've read through the FAQ, but have a special request not covered, (at least not that I could find.)
The Salsa Spearfish looks interesting to me. Does anyone have one? How long have you been riding it?
I don't know what to think about the linkage to the seattube, just above the BB. Is it pretty robust?
I'm a 175-lb, 6'2" roadie with a 288W FTP (300+ after this coming Monday), and I'm hoping to take this bike to Catalina, up Cole Grade, perhaps to Slickrock someday, and right here in my backyard in La Costa, CA. I had plenty of mountain and cyclocross experience back in the days before suspension.
No racing aspirations, just spirited and strenuous rides, with the occasional camping trip to Catalina (which means riding a few miles with a 40-50 lb ruck on my back.)
The first bike that jumped up at me is the Stumpjumper Expert FSR, but Taiwan is already doing well enough, and I'd like to buy an American-built bike. Cannondale seemed the solution, but those single-forks look problematic to me. Any opinions on those? Money is almost no object; I'd like to support the local craftsmen if possible.
Any guidance, or even links to earlier, similar threads would much appreciated!