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first time mt. bike shopping~ HELP!

countrygirl2012-07-05 18:19:35 +0000 #1
Trek, Specialized, or Kona??

I'm having buyer's regret after ordering the Trek Mamba, am thinking to go back to the Specialized store and try them out again. The problem is our local Specialized dealer has so few models to test drive. I am looking for a nice bike at around 1k or a little more~ I want hydraulic brakes, easy shifting gears, good fork and suspension etc. I tried my BF's mamba, also new, and the gears were just groaning and clicking gong up the hill and it put us off a little, though granted we haven't ridden bikes forever and it took us awhile to get used to the modern gear system.

I like the basic Myka for it's WSD (though of course I want more bells and whistles), because it felt good to me, a natural fit. It was a 26er and I'm looking for 29, so I am now looking at the 2012 Jett comp 29. It's way more than I originally wanted to spend, but what the heck, I can see myself blowing that extra money on stupid stuff, this is a real investment that will have big payoff. Also we are considering exchanging our new Mambas for the Cobia.

Any input ladies? Let's say my cut-off is $1300, but if I can get great for cheaper all the better.


Irulan2012-07-05 18:33:07 +0000 #2
Any chance you can look at Giant? Giant has an excellent reputation for the most bang for the buck. Me, I go for what feels best, always. I don't get set on one brand or one particular component group. Fit and feel (frame) and then work out the details on which component group you want. No one brand is better than the others in that price range.
countrygirl2012-07-05 18:45:20 +0000 #3
Thanks, I didn't see Giant locally, mainly Specialized, Cannondale, Norco, Scott, Kona and Janis (sp)?

I'm considering the Specialized Jett Comp 29 as it has hydraulic brakes and rockshox fork, the Myca Sport disk is cheaper but does not have those improvements... but the Jett 29 is $1350, pretty spendy for my first bike.... I'm alway OCD shopping a big ticket item :-$
indysteel2012-07-05 18:52:45 +0000 #4
+1 on Giants. Very good bang for the buck. Out of curiosity, why are you set on a 29er?

Focus on the fit and ride of the bike, above componentry. A lot of that can be upgraded over time as lesser parts wear out. As for shifting as you go uphill, part of that is technique. Ideally, you shift while at the same time briefly letting up pressure on the pedals. My guess is that you were shifting under load. Not even the nicest drivetrains like that.
hebe2012-07-05 19:22:07 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by countrygirl

I like the basic Myka for it's WSD (though of course I want more bells and whistles), because it felt good to me, a natural fit. ...

Any input ladies? Let's say my cut-off is $1300, but if I can get great for cheaper all the better.

Honestly? If you like the Myka, try a higher spec Myka. You can get 29er Mykas I believe. I ride the mens version - HardRock - and love it. It copes fine with muddy trails, puddled trails, bone dry trails. At the moment I have slicks on it for towing a child trailer. It's a lovely, lovely bike, fun like a skateboard, and I will only replace it when there is a Myka in a colour scheme that I like. Personally I'd go for 26 over 29 as I'd be concerned about a 29er being heavier and harder to manoevre in tight places. Good luck and have fun, whatever you choose.

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