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I just moved from Florida a few months ago, and now that I have settled in, I have been wanting to get into mountain biking. I have browsed the forums quite a bit, and have tried to take in as much information as I can, but I have come to realize that there's a lot more to this sport than I initially thought. I have come to the conclusion that it would probably be best to go out to some local bike shops, ride some bikes, see them in person, and then try making a decision on what bike to start out with. So if anyone has any shops that they particularly like, by all means let me know :thumbsup: I appreciate the help!
 

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Go-Ride is my favorite, but they are focused on DH/freeride/trail bikes, but if you're looking for true XC oriented stuff, you'd want to go somewhere else. Canyon Bicycles in Draper is pretty good for more all-around bike stuff.

Does going up or coming back down appeal to you more? Do you think biking will be a nice safe way to get a good workout or do you think it will be a fun adrenaline rush?

Also, Sundance and Deer Valley offer lift-served riding with bike rentals and lessons that I think would be a fun way to figure out what you like, test out bikes and learn all at once.
 

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I guess I could have been more specific :p To start out with, I think I'm going to stick with easier trails and maybe some pavement, but I know I'm going to gravitate towards more technical trails...so in short, ideally I would probably like an AM bike.
 

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altaskier said:
Go to Contender. Lots of bling but down to earth staff. :thumbsup:
See, now I consider them to be just a bunch of roadies. Really nice guys, and great for roadie stuff, but I wouldn't go there for anything mountain. Revolution on 7th East in Sandy would get my nod for great service in the XC to AM category which you're talking about.
 

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Revolution for XC and AM, Go-Ride for DH stuff. Two of the best shops I've ever been inside.
 

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Which ever bike shop is open on Sundays. :thumbsup: If you need a presta valve tube on a Sunday in UT you are SOL.

Good luck., I personally think they all suck and have built my own shop stocked with all the necessities in my garage. The only LBS I'll go to is Wild Rose, and that is rare. It's good to be self reliant, and having worked my way through college as a bike shop wrench I realize how opinionated, over priced, and slow LBS's can be. :madman:

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Which ever bike shop is open on Sundays. :thumbsup: If you need a presta valve tube on a Sunday in UT you are SOL.
Here, Here!!! Totally agree, it makes no sense to be closed on Sunday. Monday, yes, Sunday, no. Even worse I think is how so many shops close so early, 6 or 7pm. I'm often working that late, or out riding. They need to be open till 9, at least. It usually takes me at least a week to find the time to get into a shop during their hours. Basically you have to take a day off of riding and ditch work early just to go to a bike shop :rolleyes:
 

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Presta valve tubes?

True that Contender is more of a roadie shop but actually the core group of guys at Contender ride dirt 5 - 6 days per week. That says a lot. I also think Go Ride is way dialed. Those two would be my picks in SLC. I dare you to ask any other shop in the area to face your disc brake tabs for example. :thumbsup:

Some one else mentioned Wild Rose...good idea if you want some one that doesn't give a crap. Oh, at least there's a good chance they're stoned while they're working on your bike. That said, to say that all LBS' in SLC are bad is a joke. Across the board, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better assortment of shops in one area. The old 'can't find a presta valve tube on a Sunday' argument is so old! I mean, who rides with tubes any more anyway? ;)
 

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go-ride

as said prior go-ride is solid as is wild rose, guthrie can be over priced, and contender is solid, great service, but, I've never seen a bike in there for less than 2,000 and yes the majority of that shop is road.
 

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altaskier said:
True that Contender is more of a roadie shop but actually the core group of guys at Contender ride dirt 5 - 6 days per week. That says a lot. I also think Go Ride is way dialed. Those two would be my picks in SLC. I dare you to ask any other shop in the area to face your disc brake tabs for example. :thumbsup:

Some one else mentioned Wild Rose...good idea if you want some one that doesn't give a crap. Oh, at least there's a good chance they're stoned while they're working on your bike. That said, to say that all LBS' in SLC are bad is a joke. Across the board, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better assortment of shops in one area. The old 'can't find a presta valve tube on a Sunday' argument is so old! I mean, who rides with tubes any more anyway? ;)
Agreed on the tubes, I don't run em either. And if you run Avids who needs faced brake tabs? But I've had numerous friends not be able to ride due to not being able to get a simple part on a Sunday. It is sad no shops are open on Sundays here in UT, even if it was just from 12-5.

I'm guessing you work at one of these crappy shops or hang out with people that do.

I have one friend that has been unable to ride for 3+ weeks because the shop sent his fork back to the manufacturer with the headset race and won't loan him a fork and race. The shops I worked at would always give a loaner part while the customers part was getting serviced. Show me a shop that does that here and I'll start using it on occasion.

My $0.02

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Agreed on the tubes, I don't run em either. And if you run Avids who needs faced brake tabs? But I've had numerous friends not be able to ride due to not being able to get a simple part on a Sunday. It is sad no shops are open on Sundays here in UT, even if it was just from 12-5.

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The Park City shops are open on Sunday. Much more expensive (and difficult to find a tire that I'd want for trail riding and not XC racing)- but when I'm riding up that way, it's good. I paid $75 for a new tire and tube last Sunday. :eek: But I guess that's better than not riding.
 

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connie said:
The Park City shops are open on Sunday. Much more expensive (and difficult to find a tire that I'd want for trail riding and not XC racing)- but when I'm riding up that way, it's good. I paid $75 for a new tire and tube last Sunday. :eek: But I guess that's better than not riding.
I don't consider Park City part of UT :nono: . It's more of a District of CA or CO, and thereby lives by their rules and pricing.

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If I need a toob on a Sunday I just drop by REI or Dick's...One of the few things Bigboxes are good for.

I'll second the Wild Rose not exactly paying attention to what they're doing...nice group of people, but they managed to screw up a brake bleed on my DH bike.
 

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REI is open on Sunday. Contender and Spin Cycle are overpriced. Canyon Bicycle on Wasatch just plain sucks (Mike is an a s s). Right now my fav is Wasatch Touring for parts, never been to Revolution, I'll try them next time.

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Nope

I'm guessing you work at one of these crappy shops or hang out with people that do.

Crappy shops? That's harsh. But sorry to let you down, I live in the Bay Area. I was just cruising the Utah forum to see what the latest was because I'm heading out there to ride in few weeks so I thought I'd chime in. Really though, if you're not down with any shops in the area I guess you have your reasons. But I mean, if you don't need tubes and you ride Avid brakes, what need is there for a shop anyway? ;)
 

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I'm guessing you work at one of these crappy shops or hang out with people that do.

Crappy shops? That's harsh. But sorry to let you down, I live in the Bay Area. I was just cruising the Utah forum to see what the latest was because I'm heading out there to ride in few weeks so I thought I'd chime in. Really though, if you're not down with any shops in the area I guess you have your reasons. But I mean, if you don't need tubes and you ride Avid brakes, what need is there for a shop anyway? ;)
So living in the the Bay Area qualifies you to give advice on the current state of local shops here in SLC?

My OPINION based on numerous visits to many of the different shops in SLC is that for the most part they all suck or have a lot of room for improvement in comparison to what I consider "good". My ADVICE is to become self sufficient so you don't need to rely on their crappy service.

My $0.02.

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No more Utah for me?

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So living in the the Bay Area qualifies you to give advice on the current state of local shops here in SLC?

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Alright, no more cruising the Utah forum for me. Members only I guess. I do spend a lot of time there on business (and riding) so maybe I can get a hall pass from some one, you maybe? But if you think it's that bad out there try the Bay Area. Higher prices, bigger attitude (by far) and traffic to and from the shop to boot! ;)

Hey, here's an interesting tid-bit for any Specialized fans: Wasatch Touring is the oldest Specialized dealer outside of the state of California. Thye were on borad with MTB's from day one I guess. I learned that when I had my skis tuned there last winter.
 

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We don't take kindly to your type 'round these here parts... ;)

Sorry for the dick behavior of other parties.
 

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No worries

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We don't take kindly to your type 'round these here parts... ;)

Sorry for the dick behavior of other parties.
Thanks man. No worries though. If you can't banter back and forth a little on mtbr then well, you can't banter anywhere! Back on topic though, Contender and Go Ride are still my top picks. :thumbsup:
 
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