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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: schafer
2004-04-04 11:30 am (UTC)
I bought a giant AC2 a few months ago. I love it. Its considered a freeride bike...its full suspension. Giant has two other FS bikes with slightly different goals. I like Giant...but brand doesn't really matter. They are the largest bike manufaturer world wide, its seems like you give a good value.

I have a buddy that owns a shop who is riding a
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I bought a giant <a href="http://www.giant-bicycle.com/us/030.000.000/030.000.006.asp?dealerid=&dealercountry=&lYear=2004&bikesection=8841&range=157&model=10804">AC2</a> a few months ago. I love it. Its considered a freeride bike...its full suspension. Giant has two other FS bikes with slightly different goals. I like Giant...but brand doesn't really matter. They are the largest bike manufaturer world wide, its seems like you give a good value.

I have a buddy that owns a shop who is riding a <a href"http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product.aspx?i=BI707B08">KHS 504</a> now... he has a really big FS bike too.

It sounds like you are getting plenty of advice, but as far as climbing goes... They do make FS designs that are anti-bob. Each brand has there own cheezy name for their design. (ie No Resonance System or stable valving platform)

My bike is not suppose to climb particular well but as long as you stay in a low gear it will climb whatever. Most long climbs you will be in the saddle anyway which eliminates bob on most bikes.

Good luck with your new bike. If you ever want to go ride in the Corvallis area let me know.
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