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Josh and DaveC.... thanks again!! I have attempted to test ride as many bikes as I could, while not going the route of doing a DEMO ride @ $100 as I am still trying to find my size. I found it a bit odd that when I stepped up to my first road bike that the shop was adamant about sizing me on a sizing rig. I have visited no less than 8 shops on my MTB upgrade and all they ask is how tall I am. Being a bit of researcher, but less so these days, I at least know that there are many factors.I am looking at $4000-$8000 full-suspension bikes and find it bewildering that there is so little attention to rider usage and physical ergonomics ( since my first road bike was only $1400 which had lots of attention to both) I know my off-road riding will not be at the level of the demo videos for each bike I test rode, but I feel that the "dealers" have been very lax in their attention to customers for bikes at this level. I have had the gamut from high school graduates, to bikers/sales associates near 40yrs old.But one of the hardest aspects to get used to, is that the bikes I am interested in are not even available to throw my leg over–even at the parking lot/back street level. you need to plan, schedule and pay for a $100 demo ride for a bike near what you are interested in. So I've ridden all the IBIS I am interested in but the builds varied so much, even by 2 years difference that is hard to evaluate. so I have narrowed down on Santa Cruz. my last ride was on a SC Tallboy LTc. but like I mentioned. only able to ride in downtown SF and the suburbs of San Jose, CA.
One thing about mt bikes is riding them is more dynamic and requires ever-changing body positions depending on the terrain so fit for seated pedaling isn't as important as it is on road bikes and there are simply fewer options to fine tune fit while maintaining the intended geometry of the bike. For example, on a modern trail bike stems should be in the 50-70mm range, you really should not put a longer stem on a modern suspension bike (with few exceptions), instead you need to size up on the frame. Also, you may notice that geometry for bikes has converged to the point there is much less difference in the fit/geometry of different brands, for instance my Trek Slash and my friend's SC Nomad have geometry figures that are near identical. It's important that you are comfortable on the bike and buy the right size frame but it is true the fine points of fit that are important on a road bike are more or less inconsequential on a mt bike.
Congrats on the bike low.pfile!I recently got a RockShox Monarch Plus rear shock for my Trek Slash after I blew the Fox, it's amazing... definitely loving my bike this season!
I just blew the Fox (so to speak) on my Trek too. How much an improvement is this?
Sweet bike, coke. Great pic, too. Makes me want to get out in the woods. What's sad is I haven't been out since I broke my arm when I endoed in a rock garden three years ago.Keep posting cool pics and it might get me out there. Enjoy the new ride.Cheers,Scott
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