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  • in reply to: Does the Santa Cruz Nomad work as a trail bike? #289366

    I was wondering if you had any input on fair negotiations? I do not want to be greedy and my local bike shop offered to take off the price of tax essentially. Is about 10% off reasonable for buying a new bike of this caliber or should I go higher? Like I said I don’t want to be greedy and I know they need to make money, but I have been told not to pay retail price on a new bike.

    Thanks!

  • in reply to: Does the Santa Cruz Nomad work as a trail bike? #289365

    Thanks for the responses everyone.

    ProVelo is actually where I bought my Giant and it is where I plan on buying my next bike. Unfortunately, they do not have any Nomads to demo, but I did demo the Bronson. It was great, except it was not as plush as I expected it to be. They said it may be because they set it to 25% sag instead of 30%. I plan on demoing more bikes so we will see what I land on.

    If anyone else has ridden the Nomad and his impressions please let me know. I like to plow through terrain and like my bike to be forgiving, but I do want it to feel like it is alive.

  • in reply to: Does the Santa Cruz Nomad work as a trail bike? #289303

    Hey Jeff,

    Thanks for the feedback! I read your review and found it very helpful. I can’t believe I was able to get a response so quickly from someone as experienced as you.

    The trails I ride the most are in the Horsetooth Mountain/Lory State Park area, which is sort of my home base. I ride Devil’s Backbone sometimes and ride Trestle Bike Park when I am able to (Roughly 6-10 days out of the summer). I’ve only been riding for a little over a year but am hooked.

    A few additional details that might help are that I am a slow climber and not in the best shape, but I am getting fitter every ride. I live for the descents and am willing to work for them, though I am slow compared to other riders on the climb. I am probably what most people would consider a weekend warrior. I go pretty much every weekend and sometimes after work if I am able. I probably average once a week, twice when I am able.

    I did have another question I would like to ask. Is the extra $1000 for a carbon frame worth it? I know this is subjective, but if I am going to spend this much on my dream bike, I don’t want to regret not getting the carbon. The marginal weight savings are not a huge factor for me, but if it will ride noticeably better that might be worth the extra money. (Not gonna lie, the looks of the carbon also pull me in). But at the end of the day, I don’t even know if I would feel the difference.

    Thanks again for taking the time to respond!

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