Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Speialized Roubaix, Giant OCR-C, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 01 Bianchi Campione, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount
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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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