warning: incoming wall of text. get comfy.
i am getting a new bike for the first time in a loooooong time & have settled on:
transition bandit 27.5 (blue)
build kit 2 w/ Pike rct3 upgrade (black)
spank spikes flat pedals (saw someone here highly recommend them & they come in orange - woot)
think that about rounds it out. i wavered a bit on the fork, but haven't seen a bad word about the Pike & the black looks super fresh.
i have traditionally ridden XC singletrack and firelanes (F U forest park!) but i've recently moved and my local trail is now sandy ridge - which is a freaking sweet trail, but my bike felt outclassed. or if not my bike, then me. either way, i felt like hi-fiving jesus every time i made it down hide & seek trail (rocky & rooty with a side of rocks & roots) so got the green-light from the bank (wife) and began my glorious search.
needless to say, i'm pretty freaking amped to ride this thing. i've read a little bit on these forums and some folks seem either jaded or just very used to all the modern tech. let me tell you, the improvements made to mt bikes since mine was new are staggering & while i get being handed something classed as "amazing and new" every fiscal year gets tiresome, i'm dancing around like a kid who has to pee in anticipation of the fine folks at the bike shop telling me it's ready.
(& props to them -not sure if it's cool to call out shops- for helping me along the way. was originally looking at the covert but Brad steered me to the bandit even though it's cheaper...was more appropriate ride for me. well done sir!)
can't wait to post some pics. after viewing some of the bike pron on sites like this and pinkbike, am stoked to show off my new baby even if she won't be the $10k bling wonder bike, she looks like a freaking lambo aventador to me.
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