Ranger Pride said:
I had a chance to play around in the parking lot on a Orbea 29er today. Compared to my Paragon it seemed to handle a little quicker. The specs in the catalog seem similar. The head tube angle is the same according to the catalog.
If anyone else has ridden the Orbea and noticed this I would like to get some feedback.
I too was in your dilema a two months ago. I ended up with the Paragon. I never had a chance to pre-ride the Orbea. I was persuaded by the price. They seemed to be basically the same bike,(frame specs and parts mix) but the Paragon was $500 cheaper.
The Fisher customer service was also a deciding factor.
My only dislike so far is the rear hub, (poor ratchet engagement) but both Orbea and Paragon use the Onyx. I'm sure it would be fine for non-technical trails.
The more I ride and get used to my first 29er, the more I love it.
EDIT: Ranger Pride, just noticed by your profile, you already have a Paragon. Do have a reason to switch, you'd like to share?