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DaveC113, Thanks for the information. I've not heard of those bike brands, but will look in to them.
I just started looking at full suspension bikes and I'm pretty discouraged at the prices these days. I'm most interested in the Santa Cruz Tallboy ($4,800) and the Pivot 429SL ($6,700). If I went with a frameset for a build the Tallboy is $3,000 and I don't know if Pivot has a frameset available. I live in Wyoming and the nearest bike shop is two hours away if the weather is good. I may consider just sticking to road biking for a while.
I just started looking at full suspension bikes and I'm pretty discouraged at the prices these days.
+1. These are motorcycle prices
As with audio equipment, you also get diminishing returns in bikes. In general once you go past around $3,500 on a full suspension bike, you're just paying more money to lower the weight. If you don't have a local bike shop and are willing to buy online, you can usually get what you want for 30-50% off MSRP. Example: https://www.steepandcheap.com/santa-cruz-bicycles-tallboy-carbon-cc-mountain-bike-frame-2017?skid=SNZ009Q-YELFOXPER-XL&ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6dGFsbGJveToxOjM6dGFsbGJveQ==
Yup, otoh many parts are basically super-lightweight motorcycle parts and are made in far fewer numbers. Motorcycles are much more popular and enjoy economies of scale high end bike parts don't. You can also get bikes with lower end components that work fine and cost a less than a motorcycle. My bike will be expensive but I ride it a couple times a week, often more.
My bike will be expensive but I ride it a couple times a week, often more.
Same here. My wife and I ride at least 3x per week, and I have no problem spending money on something that's a LOT of fun and keeps us both in shape. We also race competitively, so I typically spend even more to help keep the weight down on our builds.I've seen the motorcycle argument come up time after time over the years, and it's mostly due to ignorance of the technology and how people are using the bikes. Justifying bike prices to someone who doesn't ride is the same as justifying your audio equipment to someone who has never experienced a decent set of speakers. Why would you spend $1,000 on a set of speakers when you can get a pair from walmart for $50 that play just as loud???
My co-worker and his wife are serious bicyclists. When I mentioned to him that I was interested in a new mountain bike he told me of a company in Utah called Fezzari that sells direct. He and his wife both use Fezzari and they have been very happy with them. This is another option for me to consider. https://www.fezzari.com/mountain-bikes
Thanks for the suggestions. I've decided to do a custom build and I ordered a Canfield Brothers Toir 29er frame with DVO Jade shock. I want a coil spring based fork and I'm considering the MRP Ribbon Coil. I'll be needing a 140mm fork and I'm open to other suggestions. Leaning toward Shimano drive train, SRAM brakes, and Stan's No Tubes wheelset. Open to suggestions on all components at this point.
I've used 1up and AB oval rings, both are about the same, WT a little more conservative. I went with an AB 32t oval ring w their guide/bash for my build. I like the oval ring, it feels like it puts power down more smoothly and makes for a more even cadence. Myself and friends who have tried it can't discern it's oval by pedaling it, it's pretty cool and I'm not going back to round. Be careful to order the right one for your cranks and spacing.Also, for a front tire Maxxis DHF 3C EXO 2.3 or 2.5 is a good choice but Schwalbe MM is a little lighter with the 2.35 being about the same size as the Maxxis 2.5 and ~1/4lb lighter. Both are really good front tires.
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