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mountain bikes [Apr. 3rd, 2004|07:53 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Having happily broken in my new street bike after my old street bike was recently stolen, I resumed my search for a mountain bike, to replace my old mountain bike which was stolen, then stolen again.

Confused? Here's a timeline:

Junior high, perhaps: Ghetto Costco bike. Heavy and couldn't shift. Didn't get a good impression of bikes.

High school / freshmen college: Trek Mountain bike, front suspension only. Loved it. Left it locked up outside dorms one night (with hundreds of other bikes), and it was stripped of all its unlocked parts. I replaced all its parts (which cost as much as it did originally) and then the whole bike was stolen behind our house in Viewridge/Sandpoint area (totally an old/rich person area... not high-crime at all, but the damn gardening contractor punks next door probably stole it.)

Then replaced it with my Trek 7500FX, since I was 4 miles away from campus on a paved trail, and a street bike made more sense. That bike was stolen in Canada, right when I was about to purchase a mountain bike.

So... the street bike is replaced, so it's mountain bike purchasing time.

Today I took out a Trek Fuel 90 full-suspension bike for a spin.

HOLY SHIT.

I'd never ridden a full-suspension bike, and it's totally crazy. I was going full speed at medians in the parking lot, up over curbs, tree roots, bushes, rocks, and it didn't feel like anything. Whatever I ran into I just floated over.

I took it for quite a long ride, over everything I could find, including a creek. I had to apologize for bringing the bike back all muddy but the salesperson (who helped me with my bike last week) was just amused, not knowing where I found mud on such a sunny perfect day. (I was also all muddy myself)

So I headed out to their warehouse sale to find the disc-brake version, but the last/only one had sold since their database was updated last night, so now I suppose I have to buy the 2004 version which will be about $300 more.

Hopefully if I pick it up tomorrow morning whitaker and I will head up to Vernonia and bike 20 miles downhill to Banks.

Anybody have recommendations about other full-suspension bikes before I drop a G and some on this? Klein didn't seem to have as much selection, and most were a lot more expensive. Gary Fishers were about the same, but longer frame, and ugly as ass. Any others?
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[User Picture]From: number4
2004-04-03 08:08 pm (UTC)
Funny that you diss Klein and Fisher, even though they're both owned by Trek bikes. Anyway, before you plunk down whatever the cost for the Fuel 90 is, I suggest you check out Kona bikes. In my honest opinion they're infinitely better-looking and more efficient. The Fuel series of bikes were made specifically for XC racing, which is not what you're doing. You want a bike that is suitable for climbing but not super light and very breakable. Go to a kona dealer or www.konaworld.com and check out the Dawg series of their back-country bikes. The direct link for the collection is http://www.konaworld.com/2k4bikes/2k4_dawg.cfm

Having ridden Kona bikes for about 2 years now (I own a 2001 Dudu slalom bike and a 2001 Roast hardtail jump bike) I must say that they're some of the sweetest-handling bikes out there. Uncomplicated suspension systems, easy to maintain mechanics and features you won't find on "comprable" bikes at the same price. If you want to talk to me more about it IM me my sn is s1cmagg0t666
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-04-03 08:18 pm (UTC)
I didn't know Klein was Trek, but I knew Fisher was. I didn't really diss them: I just thought the Kleins were expensive (that's probably how they're marketed... the high end brand), and the Gary Fishers were just all ugly looking. Component-wise they were identical, and the frame alloy was the same... only difference was a longer frame and ugly colors I think?

Thanks for the Kona info... I'd never heard of them. I'll go do some research.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-04-03 08:25 pm (UTC)
Cool, there's a Kona dealer pretty close. I'll have to go try one out.

[Note to self....]
http://bikenhike.com/site/map.cfm?ID=3
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