I ride a Stumpjumper FSR, and like it, but I would look at the GF Hi-Fi 29. A friend just got a red one, and it really is sweat.gswim18 said:What would you pick? Hardtail? Full? 29? Single? Rigid? I currently ride a basic Fisher HT. My home trails are in the Michaux but I do ride Wissahickon and the Highlands too when I get the chance. Is there an ideal bike for the Keystone state?
My experiences, though mostly in the Appalachian mountains in the western part of the state, are exactly the opposite. It seems here we need to climb as much as we descend, making the majority of "AM bikes" too heavy to really be enjoyable. Most guys use lighter bikes like the cannondale rush, trek fuel ex or hardtails so you can enjoy the climbing part as much as the descending part. I've tried several AM bikes and didn't think the reward in descending was worth suffering in the climbs(Mongoose Khyber, Giant Reign X, Heckler, Prophet). But then again, I hate the term "all mountain" because you very well may be talking about something more along the lines of a longer travel hardtail or 4 inch FS and agreeing with me.jeffw-13 said:I don't think there's a perfect bike for PA since there's such diversity of terrain, so I suggested something with more all mountain geometry as a do everything compromise bike, and beyond that a 29er w/AM geometry. :thumbsup:
I was impressed with the Trek I test rode as was i with the giant trance X. Its odd the recommended the trance x and reign x. Though I agree with the choicof the trance x, the reign x is a completely different animal.JDel said:I personally would not buy a trek fuel ex..There are alot better bikes out there for money..I just recently purchased a 09 Giant Trance x3 from Holmes in Camp Hill..Most of the guys there ride Michaux on the regular..They said the Trance X or Reign X series would be the best bet for Michaux. The Reign X is alittle more towards DH/FR. So it wont climb as well..Not to mention Giant has a LIFETIME warranty..It all depends on what trails you will be riding, how often you ride, and how long you ride for..You might also want to check out the Giant Anthem X or the Gary Fisher Paragon..Trek doesnt make bad bikes there are just better choices..I look at Trek as more of a Road bike Company..Dont get my wrong they have good designs just over priced for what u get.
Personally if I would have spend alittle more I would have got a Fisher Roscoe 1..They had a black one at Holmes..Sweet ass bike in person..I think it was 2700 great deal for what u get..Its pretty much a custom/factory FS bike.
The Reign X series are more burlier bikes than the Trance X'sdascro said:I was impressed with the Trek I test rode as was i with the giant trance X. Its odd the recommended the trance x and reign x. Though I agree with the choicof the trance x, the reign x is a completely different animal.
Though I like Giant bikes, I can't help but think your post reads like an ad for the company. Or maybe an ad for a bike shop that sells mostly giant with some GF?
Either way, to each their own. I was minutes away from buying a Trek yesterday and was minutes away from buying a trance X a few weeks ago. I keep hesitating because what I really want is a 2009 spot, just can't justify the purchase price yet.