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Best Shop in the bay area for Downhill Freeride stuff?

I have yet to come across a decent bike shop in the bay area, what gives? sure there's some I have that are good for xc stuff, however Im looking for a rear spring for my new coiler 700-800lbs 2" stroke x 7.875" eye2eye for a fox vanilla R. Preferably I'd want a shop that has a range of these springs so I could try them out get my sag set right and dial in which rate I actually need. All these other shop are like yah well we could order you one in 1-2 weeks, but what goods that gonna do me if I dont get the right parts right?

so any you guys know of a good shop that can help me out, east bay would be the best, I'd appreciate it.
 

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Xcelnt question, i heard there is a great shop in Pacifica but never been there. Not many places will let you try out a part to see if you like it, kinda like testing a condom beffor using.
 

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A decent bikeshop being defined as one that not only carries a variety of springs in different lengths and rates for a variety of shocks, as well as lets you see if you like it or not? That's way beyond "decent"...
 

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Woodside bikes gets good reviews. I think it's going to be hard to find a shop w/ a selection of coil springs - most shops special order springs. Get on the phone & see what they have.
 

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Zonk0u said:
Best Shop in the bay area for Downhill Freeride stuff?

I have yet to come across a decent bike shop in the bay area, what gives? sure there's some I have that are good for xc stuff, however Im looking for a rear spring for my new coiler 700-800lbs 2" stroke x 7.875" eye2eye for a fox vanilla R. Preferably I'd want a shop that has a range of these springs so I could try them out get my sag set right and dial in which rate I actually need. All these other shop are like yah well we could order you one in 1-2 weeks, but what goods that gonna do me if I dont get the right parts right?

so any you guys know of a good shop that can help me out, east bay would be the best, I'd appreciate it.
You might want to try calling Kona dealers and asking if they have any coilers in stock with the spring weights you're looking for - so you can bounce around on them... I know hank and frank in lafayette sells lots of konas...

I haven't seen a shop that carries a large selection of springs for after market sale - they're almost always something you have to special order.

While you're at it - see if you can find me a 2.75" stroke 550 pounder
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Woodside bikes gets good reviews. I think it's going to be hard to find a shop w/ a selection of coil springs - most shops special order springs. Get on the phone & see what they have.
Woodside rocks. I go out of my way to shop there. Also trailhead cyclery is a solid shop. I preffer woodside, it all depends where in the bay you are at.
 

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go to a bike race where theres a Fox Shox trailer and tech support. I hit them up politely at a NORBA national at big bear, and they let me try out about 4 different springs on my old Zig-Zag FS. it might not help you quickly, but they are a good source for trying springs out. maybe go to Watsonville and just show up at their front door.
 

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A decent bikeshop being defined as one that not only carries a variety of springs in different lengths and rates for a variety of shocks, as well as lets you see if you like it or not? That's way beyond "decent"...
Most shops WILL let you try no ware parts out like rear springs and stems and such. It's no skin off their nose, there is no dammage done to the spring, it's not like I'd be taking it out on a ride, just sitting on it and bouncing a couple times to check sag. Most of the time, shops know it's in their best interest to get the customer what they want and need. It's called building customer loyalty. Shops that do this for me Im more than happy to go out of my way to go to. And honnestly there arent many shops that are unwilling to accomodate... and if you're one who finds this to be false maybe it's got something to do with your attitude or way you approach them.

that being said, yes I define a good shop as one that has the parts I need on stock. We're not talking about some random replaceable dropout, or special hubset, we're talking run of the mill every day stuff that should be on hand. What convenience is it to have to order something Im not sure will even work? I may as well shop online where prices are cheaper, and turnaround is much faster. Shock springs being as cheap as they are and widely versatile between shocks, yah who's not to expect them to carry a little something for riders that are over 120lbs?
 
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