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Old 04-07-13, 02:15 PM   #1
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Purchasing a new MTB

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T'is the time of the for me to be looking for a new MTB. I am looking for a dual-suspension trail-bike appropriate for Southern Ontario, Canada riding.
I do have a very excellent and close relationship with my Trek dealer...and I am very happy with my Madone 5.2 that I purchased last year.

They have a couple Trek Fuel EX 8's left from 2012 in my size -- and they're blowing them out for $2100 CAD!

Thoughts / Opinions? I know the guys in the store love that model (most of them own one) but of course would love to hear any thoughts / opinions on both this model and maybe other comparable models.
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Are the bikes that are on sale 29ers or 26ers. Having just tried a 29er today, I'd recommend you demo both sizes before deciding what's best for you.
As for buying last year's bike, so what? Saving some money while getting a higher end bike is a great idea. My road bike is a 2 year left over, my first MTB was a demonstrator from the previous year and my second MTB was a leftover. My third and fourth MTBs, the Stumpjumpers I now ride, are both late model used. I'd much rather buy a better bike, higher end if possible, that's a year or two or three years old than a lower, new model. As for Trek (or Giant or Specialized) their all totally reliable brands. You like your bike shop and have a good relationship with them, that always helps when it's time for adjustments or repairs. After you decide what wheel size you want, I'd go for it.
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Are the bikes that are on sale 29ers or 26ers. Having just tried a 29er today, I'd recommend you demo both sizes before deciding what's best for you.
As for buying last year's bike, so what? Saving some money while getting a higher end bike is a great idea. My road bike is a 2 year left over, my first MTB was a demonstrator from the previous year and my second MTB was a leftover. My third and fourth MTBs, the Stumpjumpers I now ride, are both late model used. I'd much rather buy a better bike, higher end if possible, that's a year or two or three years old than a lower, new model. As for Trek (or Giant or Specialized) their all totally reliable brands. You like your bike shop and have a good relationship with them, that always helps when it's time for adjustments or repairs. After you decide what wheel size you want, I'd go for it.
The series is still 26". I suppose there are advantages to 26 / 29, speed vs handling being one.

Also, definitely not worried about buying "last year's model". I bought my 2012 Madone 5.2 just before the 2013's launched, I bought my 2009 Altima Nissan just before the 2010's launched.
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