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Discussion: New bike?

in: Spike; Spike > 2019-10-12

Oct 13, 2019 10:04 PM # 
Explain. Describe. Details.
Oct 14, 2019 1:08 AM # 
Got a new bike.

I'd ridden a Specialized 29er with full suspension a couple of years ago wen we rented bikes in Moab. I liked it.

This year I've been occasionally dropping by area bike shops to check out what full suspension options look interesting (and not super expensive). I found a Specialized Stumpjumper 29er with full suspension and it seemed good. Priced under $2K and looked reasonably good. But it was impossible to find in-stock and in a frame that would fit. I kept my eye out for other options.

About a month ago, I saw a Canyon that looked similar to the Specialized. The base price was similar, but it was on sale and that made it a good bit better price. After some thinking, I decided I'd go for the Canyon. I've now got a Canyon aluminium frame 29er full suspension.

The main thing that got me interested in full suspension was the biking in Moab. The suspension kept me from feeling as beat up by the bumps of the trails. That was quite nice.

I like the idea of buying locally. But, I didn't have much luck finding a good bike locally that fit my needs. And, I've always bought locally, but never really felt like the service was noteworthy. Canyon doesn't sell through shops. You order online and they ship it to you. Most the bike is assembled. I had to put the seat post, handlebars and pedals on.

I've only ridden it a few times, but so far I'm quite happy with the purchase.
Oct 15, 2019 2:51 PM # 
I think I have read only good reviews of Canyons and their pricing is attractive. Glad you are enjoying it. Of course now that you have full suspension you are required to hook up your gopro, get stoked, do some amped tricks, and post a rad video.
Oct 18, 2019 11:12 PM # 
Oct 19, 2019 11:33 PM # 
Not sure about shredding. I think of a full suspension MTB as more like a four door Buick sedan. Comfortable for an old man.
Oct 20, 2019 6:15 PM # 
Year ago I was pretty close getting myself such old man's full suspension MTB, but I managed to postpone it for now. I figured a semi-fat 2.8 inch wide tyres might be comfortable enough, more important for me and my local (Helsinki) trails would be having slack enough head tube angle and a dropper seatpost to make novice me ride down at least some of our short but steep downhills (for the fear of OTB).
Oct 21, 2019 2:17 PM # 
I found that while a full suspension certainly made it possible to get over more stuff, it also made it a lot more likely to get ejected over the handlebars. If that rear shock is compressed when the front wheel hits something, you'd better have your ass way behind the seat. Ultimately, I went back to hard tail. Of course, now I hardly ride at all and when I do it's full rigid on easy terrain.
Oct 21, 2019 5:33 PM # 
I think "adult" is code for "old man" so you can get one of these. Done forget to get the obligatory old man flag.

There is a guy around here on a recumbent rig + flag who rides in what looks like a prison striped outfit. We refer to him as the "Hamburgler." I like picturing Spike riding around in a Hamburgler outfit.
Oct 21, 2019 6:09 PM # 
I wonder what the Hamburgler calls you when he sees you on your wheels and sticks of pain...
Oct 21, 2019 7:37 PM # 
Generally, people either say, "That's cool!" or "Dangerous a$$hole!" Actually, I've only heard someone say something like the latter once, but I'm pretty sure others are sometimes thinking it. I've never been called "Grimace!"
Oct 22, 2019 12:54 AM # 
This guy looks pretty cool. That's what I like to think you look like buzzing around Dallas.
Oct 22, 2019 1:43 PM # 
Ha! That's awesome, and a little crazy. I don't like cars. And I definitely don't like DART bus #60, who is my nemisis.

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