OK, I've got it bad...started road biking again 8-10 weeks ago and purschased a nice ride to get back into it. Hate it when work and family duties get in the way of riding but my wife is very understanding.
After a good lap on my road bike today my LBS let me take a C-Dale Scalpel 2000 for a spin and I had a blast! Until I saw the price tag.
But....I'd rather spend a little more to get a good bike. And I want to try a Fisher with 29" wheels and Genesis frame, he let me take his personal SuperCaliber 29er hardtail for a short ride, nice but it was a Large frame and I'm a Medium frame-size guy. So he contacted someone he knows to let me try out their Fisher Sugar 293, also with 29" wheels in the next week or two. So I'll also get to test ride a Fisher with modest rear suspension like the Scalpel.
Don't know much about mountain bikes except what I've recently read. Looking for more of a XC-style ride rather than hardcore mountain with 4"-5" of suspension. And I need all the help I can get when it comes to climbing so I'm thinking a hardtail might actually be fine, but the Scalpel DID feel nice taking out some of the shock from crossing over small ruts in the field where I tested it out.
Those of you who ride or have ridden the Scalpel and Fisher 29'ers (hardtail and with suspension), I'd be interested in your feedback...positive and negative. I've looked at MTB Review site and it's OK but I'd like to hear from some of you. My LBS is a Fisher fan so he stocks the 29" tires, that won't be a problem.
I really liked the Scalpel but want to try out the Fisher, maybe some others.
Thanks in advance!