you could try a marin rift zone 1 or 2. a trek fuel ex5
So that means CRC sends out the stock email at 8 am in the UK. 3 am eastern US.ragley big al or marley but it will be difficult to get them when chain reaction gets them in stock. for me the time difference between the UK and california was such that the stock notification came out around midnight my time, so by the time i woke up in the morning the bikes would be sold out.
I am in NY. Any reason why you’d recommend hardtail over FS? Would FS be too much bike?Where do you live? $2500 I'd go hardtail, but it'd be helpful to know where you're located. Big difference between AZ, BC, somewhere in the Midwest, UK or someplace else.
Also, would you feel comfortable buying from an online retailer? If not, what brands do your LBS sell?
Because of your price range. $2500 can get you a really nice hardtail, where the equivalent full suspension will cost significantly more, even in the used market right now.I am in NY. Any reason why you’d recommend hardtail over FS? Would FS be too much bike?
id be totally fine buying online. I have many bike shops by me so brands aren’t too much of an issue. All cannondsle, trek, specialized, giant are carried among others. Only issue would be if they have stock which was a problem a while back when I was looking.
I have trouble keeping up with my teenager and I ride a burly enduro bike.Try to demo anything you can get your hands on. I knew right away that a hardtail is not for me.
If you are going to be riding with a teenager, you may want to over-bike with slack geo and more travel, as presumably your son will want to ride more technical trails. A capable bike buys you a lot of comfort and room for error, with just a bit more work to get it uphill.
Forgot about them. Best bang for the buck in full suspensions.Giant Trance 29-3, which I am currently riding, is in stock. Great spec and value in a short travel trail bike with dealer support.
Here in the PNW, we have a lot of steep and rugged trails where the T8 works pretty well.I also loved the look of the T8 and Vitus Mythique VRX, which are more comparable I think to the Trance X than the Trance 29.
I ended up with the Giant because it was available and had a dealer. The T8 and Mythique are bit longer travel and more rugged than the Trance, which I don't really require for most of my riding.