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  • in reply to: Hi, new member in Florida #265093

    First, welcome! Strongly recommend you not worry about finding the “perfect” bike – make a good choice and get riding! Second, you’re thinking makes a lot of sense for a hard tail with plus tires (2.8″) – its a good combination to get started off-road. I’ve never ridden the Marlin 7 so I’m not entirely sure about the following advice, but I like the Roscoe (and Specialized Fuse) because it/they offer two key components I highly recommend. I am a big fan of 1X gear system (no front derailleur) and seat dropper post. Both Trek Roscoe and Specialized Fuse should have them, and I don’t think Marlin does.

    Good luck, make a good choice, and ride the crap out of that thing!

  • in reply to: BIG BOX against Established Brand #264950

    My two cents that I think the answer depends on how you’re really going to use the bike. I personally wouldn’t go cheap big-box, but if you’re an occasional rider staying on bike paths or gravel that is mostly smooth, then cheap big-box may suffice (if that’s the case, I would question why even going with a “mountain” bike, but to each their own). But if you are planning to get into true off-road trails anything more than beginner, I would strongly recommend a more established brand. I personally wouldn’t risk taking a cheap big-box on a fast, gnarly downhill – the quality of alloy used in the frames and the wheel construction alone give me reason to pucker.

  • in reply to: Looking at entry level full suspension #264853

    My advice depends on your experience level. If you’re just starting out in the sport and not sure how much you’ll get into it yet, I’d push you towards a quality hardtail and possibly plus (2.8″) tires. Trek Roscoe and Specialized Fuse have a real good set of components (including 1x drivetrain and dropper post). There’s a good chance you’ll go one of two routes: 1) off-road won’t really stick for you and you’ll regret spending too much money up front; or hopefully 2) like many of us, you’ll get into it so much that 2-3 years down the road you’ll be looking for a serious upgrade and you’ll have a better idea what you want.

    Now with that said, if you’re still thinking full squish, I agree its pretty tough below $1,500 and even sub $2K is tough to find recommended options like 1x drivetrain and dropper. But again, if you really start to get into riding, there’s still a good chance you’ll be looking for serious upgrade in 2-3 years and now you’ve got an entry bike collecting dust. But if you go with a hardtail now, chances are you’d use that more even after buying a more serious full squish later on down the road.

    Strongly recommend you demo or rent a few before diving in. Good luck!

  • in reply to: First bike, first ride today: Tire pressure question #264835

    A couple suggestions: 1) You should try dropping a few pounds of pressure – sweet spot for me is between 25-28psi but that is with full squish and 2.2″ rims – I try to go just above the point where it feels like the tire is “rolling under” the turns. With your 2.8″ you might be able to go even lower. 2) strongly recommend gloves for the slippery grips – most grips are designed to work with gloves, rather than bare palms. I like 3/4 but most guys go full finger. 3) not uncommon that your wrists and arms were cramping – it takes time to build them up. Pushups work wonders for building endurance, and try to focus on keeping more weight on your feet rather than hands. I have to constantly remind myself “heavy feet, light hands.”

  • in reply to: Mountain bike biking z Tuscany #264542

    Hotel Massa Vecchia looked promising to me, but our itinerary got too full and I never pulled the trigger. But their website shows a lot of info for both off-road and road biking.

  • in reply to: Having a hard time finding the right bike #264472

    Welcome Matt. I don’t have “the” answer for you, and I don’t think there is a single answer. But I will offer a few opinions to consider:
    1) Don’t worry about finding the perfect bike – lots of good choices. Find a good one and get riding. If you really get into it, chances are you’ll be looking at something new in 2-3 years.
    2) With that in mind, you might consider a hardtail (front suspension only) with possibly plus-sized tires (2.8″ as opposed to standard 2.25″). For example, you could get a Specialized Fuse (and other models) around $1-1.5K. Ride the crap out of that thing for a couple years and then find a full suspension you really like.
    3) I’m not a fan of riding fatty’s year round – too much rolling resistance for me. But I do know guys that go year round and love it.
    4) A few recommendations for specs – I’m a big fan of 1x gear setup (no front derailleur) and seat post dropper (lets you drop the seat for declines). Disc brakes are critical, but almost de facto now. Again, the Specialized Fuse 27.5 hits those marks.

    Demo (or even rent) a few bikes, make a good choice, and get riding!!!

  • in reply to: 1×11 or 2×10 preference #263149

    Older thread, but I’ll chip in my two cents that I’ll never go back to current technology front derailleur.  Yes, there is cost to convert an older bike (highly recommend narrow-wide chain ring and clutch derailleur in the back), and you do need to understand your gear ratio needs. But once you get both figured out, its one of the top three advances in recent history (along with better suspensions and dropper posts).

  • in reply to: Roots: Impediment or Feature? #262898

    That is a good debate, but for me its not black-and-white. I definitely see most tree roots and smaller rocks as features, and I don’t want to see all the trails gravitate to smooth and easy flow.  (Although I definitely respect the need for easier, smoother trails. We need variety for everyone.) For me, good flow is more about the rhythm of the turns, and bumps, and dips, and rolls – not necessarily how smooth it is. And that includes roots and rocks. But at some point a particular root feature throws off the rhythm and I’d prefer changes. For me its definitely more art than science to determine when changes are warranted.

  • in reply to: New phenomenon when getting air #262809

    I second the narrow-wide chain ring. I was having the chain jump nearly every ride with a chain guide, in fact one particular trail where the chain would jump at the exact same spot on the trail every ride. It was actually kind of comical when not annoying. Switched to the narrow-wide and removed the chain guide, and I literally can’t remember a chain jump since I switched two years ago. Total believer in the narrow-wide config.

  • 1) there is no chance I could ride that climb from 5500 to 7500 feet, and I doubt I could ever get to the fitness/skill level to accomplish it.

    2) it would have to be one hell of a downhill payoff to even hike-a-bike something like that.

    Hey, I fully respect those that scale the mountain just because its there, but its not for me. At some point the torture overcomes the fun! Hats off to anyone who can do it!

  • in reply to: e-bikes #262067

    I certainly get both perspectives, and I won’t pretend to have “the” answer. On the one hand, I sure hope to be doing off-road close to my last days on earth, and may need assist to be able to do it. But then again, to Robert Dobbs’ point, perhaps when we’re to the point that we can’t handle the climbs, then perhaps we shouldn’t be doing the downhills either. Could you imagine the wear-and-tear on Soquel Demo Forest if there was assist for both climbs? It would likely ruin the trails.

  • in reply to: e-bikes #261870

    Be advised to your buddy that e-bikes on mountain bike trails is a sensitive issue with many, and on many trails they are not allowed. I suspect this will be an evolving topic over the next few years about the future of e-bikes on the trails.

  • in reply to: #261542

    I concur. I’ve made a few purchases on Backcountry and had no issues.

  • in reply to: Looking for help/guidance #259980

    First of all, welcome to the sport. For so many of us, off road is not just exercise, but a way of life. But with that said, I would hate to tell someone just starting out to plunge in head first and buy something +$4K. There is always a risk it just won’t grab you and now you’re stuck.  I’ve ridden a Giant Stance, and its a really good place to start. Take a look at Specialized Camber. If you have an REI nearby, try their Co-op brand. Trek Fuel is another one.

    All these models are full suspension, but that doesn’t mean you have to go that route. Try to figure out your local trails and what interests you. If it looks like rocks, jumps, and drops, then I’d strongly suggest full suspension. But if you’re looking at mostly cross-country trails that are generally flat, you can get a pretty good hardtail with maybe plus-sized tires for around $2K range.

    Try to demo ride a full suspension and a hard tail on the trails, maybe even rent a couple. Final advice – don’t get caught up in finding the “perfect” bike. The “best” bike is the one that gets you riding!

    • in reply to: Looking for help/guidance #259981

      A quick follow-up on major component selection, regardless of whether full squish or hard tail. I strongly recommend a 1x gear setup (which means no front derailleur) and a dropper post (for dropping the seat on command mostly for declines). In the lower end bike models, your choices for these two might be limited, but both are worth it. I’d also say hydraulic brakes, but most models now go that route so likely non-issue. Good luck!

  • in reply to: How do you feel about litter on the trail? #259656

    I would say I’m pleasantly surprised I don’t notice much on my usual trails. 100% honest answer that if I see some when I’m ripping along I’m not likely to stop and pick it up, but if I’m taking a break I will absolutely pick up someone’s trash if I can reasonably carry it. And without exception I follow the mantra to “leave no trace.” Same thing when I’m hiking or fishing.

  • in reply to: Best trails to hit in Colorado #259198

    Like Plusbike Nerd says, its a big state with many MB options in different places. I had a great experience in Fruita a couple years ago, and I think you could find a good mix for you and your girl in Kokopelli area and perhaps even 18 Road area. May would be a perfect time, and Grand Junction has some trails too. Even Moab isn’t that far away – maybe 90 minute drive.

  • in reply to: Looking for Beginner Trails in Denver #259196

    As a fellow non-Coloradoan (but I do travel to Denver often), I would recommend you try Marshall Mesa / Doudy Draw trails and the University Bikes shop, both in and near Boulder. The trails are fairly easy, but still have nice views of the front range. Right out of Boulder is the Boulder Bike trail, and if you’re feeling more confident try Betasso. However, Betasso is at least intermediate level.

  • in reply to: Best Full Suspension Mountain Bike #257791

    You’re going to find a great bike in that price range, and the “best” bike is the one that gets you riding. I’ve ridden Stumpy, Trance, Fuel, and Hightower – all excellent. Get some test rides in, make your choice, and never look back – eyes on the trail in front of you (literally and figuratively).

    But one thing I will suggest. If you’ve got the budget for up to $4K, I strongly recommend getting a dropper. Its safer, and once you get used to it, you’ll wonder how you ever went without it. Maybe not so much for your East So-Dak trails (I’m in MN myself), but necessary for the places you mention and any bike park.

    I’d wish you good luck, but you don’t need it in that price range – you’re going to buy a killer rig.

  • in reply to: Having a hard time finding the right bike #264640

    I think you made a really good choice – that bike has everything you need to rip the trails, gain experience, and figure out what makes sense for your next step. Enjoy!

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