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Thanks for all your input on this thread https://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=515581

Today I went and checked out all the bikes on the list plus one that I didn't expect to see. I started out at Pathfinder looking for the Cannondale 29er2 but they did not have any. They said they could order me one but there wouldn't be much room to move on the price putting it way above my $1000 budget. The two 29ers they had in stock that caught my eye were a Diamond back Overdrive and a new Giant (can't remember the model). I took the Giant out first and of course was impressed buy the shift speed and overall feel of the bike. The frame was very boxy and the bike felt light under me. When I got back he told me that it was closer to $2000 though making it out of range. I took the Diamond back out next which seemed well equipped for $1200 (they said they'd give it to me for $1000) considering it had a Reba. It did feel heavier but actually felt like it fit me a little better than the Giant. Some quick side walk Jumps and I was almost sold but..... I headed down the street to Wamsley Cycles to see what they had to offer. As soon as I walked in I saw a few Fishers and a few Specializeds'. I noticed one of the Rock Hoppers was marked down but then noticed it was a SS and I want some gears :( So it came down to the Mamba, Cordia and Rock-hopper Expert. The bikes were almost identicaly equipped and seemed to weigh about the same. I like the looks of the cordai better but after a test ride I decided the the RockHopper fit me the best. I seem to have a strange build for a biker because when sizing me up the guy said I should probably be on a 19 but when hovering over the bike the 17 fit well. He added a longer stem and the fit was perfect. The mamba up front was also a 17 but it just didn't feel right, it reminded me of my Jeep bike which feels a bit off. Anyway....

here it is on the back of the family hauler



 

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BigWheeler said:
Nice! Enjoy the ride.
Just got back from my first real ride that consisted of pavement, ashfault, Jeep road and in town riding. The bike felt great and the fork did a nice job absorbing some of the ruts and rocks on the Jeep road and put out a cool pssh sound when it was working hard. The brakes make the bike real easy to manage. I can't wait to get it out on some single track:D
 

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Good choice....the lower model with Dart fork is not nearly as nice once you hit some real trails. Good that you went for the fit and feel, that is what matters more than looks.
 

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Natedogz said:
Good choice....the lower model with Dart fork is not nearly as nice once you hit some real trails. Good that you went for the fit and feel, that is what matters more than looks.
Yea, I love my GT but it honestly doesn't fit me well and I have been riding it that way for 15 years. This one fits well but I also think it looks good; I love the brushed aluminum. While the Fork on the Diamond back was a step up it really wasn't noticeable to me. I have been riding on a 15 year old Rock Shox Quadra 10 so anything is an improvement. I may do some minor upgrades in the future to shave some pounds but I am very happy with this bike
 

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Welcome to the WV and, in particular, Morgantown 29er club! The guys at Wamsley's and Pathfinder are both great, and it looks like you picked up a nice ride.

Get that thing to Big Bear and rock the rocks!
 

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playpunk said:
Welcome to the WV and, in particular, Morgantown 29er club! The guys at Wamsley's and Pathfinder are both great, and it looks like you picked up a nice ride.

Get that thing to Big Bear and rock the rocks!
I hope to soon but I am planning on doing the race to lil moes place this coming weekend. I got a season pass to big bear from the big bear race at the beginning of the season. I loved that course and can't wait to try it with the new ride
 

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Excellent choice for a first mountain bike. Easy to upgrade and with those rear drop out can be made into a single speed.
 

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del5_2000 said:
Here's my Rockhopper I picked up last week. I love it. It's my first Mountain bike. I need to get a bike rack as you can see!
My first bike was a GT I bought about 15 years ago and I have been riding it ever since. This one should treat you good at least that long. I think I am going to convert my GT into a street/trail ridged single speed with slicks on it.
 

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Today's race was the first time I had the bike on the trails and I loved it. I usually only use a few different gears and would rather jump out of the saddle and power up a hill than down shift. On my 26" GT the rear tire would break lose causing me to spin and then bad things would happen. With the bigger wheels I could jump out of the saddle and power up the muddy slopes without trouble. The hydro disk brakes were also awesome. My hands usually go numb at some point in the race making it hard to brake. Today my left went numb (tingled) and the brakes were so much easier to work. I also felt like I had more control going down hill because of the brakes and the added traction.
 

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Nice...I was checking one of those out the other day and they are beast-looking...
Actually almost all 29ers are beast-looking.
 

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Nice...I was checking one of those out the other day and they are beast-looking...
Actually almost all 29ers are beast-looking.
Yea, its funny how strange 26ers look to me now
 

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Yea, its funny how strange 26ers look to me now
Yeah, unfortunately I destroyed my front wheel the other day so I'm going back to a 26er for a little while until the wheel issue is sorted out. Haven't ridden one in the woods in a while now and I'm looking forward to seeing the differences between the two.
 
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