I went into my LBS to check out some 29er hardtails, specifically Trek's, Mamba, Cobia and X Caliber. I love Treks. I told the LBS that my price range was 1K-$1200. This would be my first mountain bike, but I have no plans to upgrade components. She looked for leftover 2012 Cobia's and X Calibers to get within my price range but had none. I did take out a 2013 19" Mamba, $929, but the bike felt a little heavy (weighed in at 32.5 lbs) and I didn't care for the Hayes hydraulic breaks. The 2013 X Caliber 19" was priced too high at $1529 or so. I took it out anyway, and liked it, but not the price. She said she did have a 2012 leftover Trek 6500 in my size (18.5"). I'm 5'9 with a 31.5 inseam. Never considered going with a 26"er, but the specs on the bike were incredible (see link) for the $1200 they are now asking. The bike definitely was easier to handle in the turns and the brakes, gears and front suspension were the best of all the bikes I was considering. The bike came in at 27.2 lbs in a 18.5. I know for 2013 Trek stopped producing the 6500 and even the 6000. Was this due to demand? Are 26'er becoming a thing of the past?. Are 29ers becoming the new standard for mountain bikes. The deal seems good and a 29er with those components would be close to 2K. Is there anything that the 6500 can't handle that a similarly priced 29er ($1200) could? LBS did say if I had plans for any hooliganism jumps for example that a 26er would serve me better.
Also regarding the 6500 I noticed that the grips had no ends to keep them in place like the online pics show. I was able to rotate them by hand. This is something that should be standard, correct? My LBS also said they added black full alloy pedals to the bike for test rides. Checking the specs, these are supposed to be standard. Not happy if they are trying to deceive me. They said they could not do more than the current discount of $500 though. I told them I would expect the entire bike to be re-tuned. I did find the breaks to vibrate at times. What kind of maintenance should I ask them to do with the brakes and fork? The bike looks like its been tested a few times and needs a good cleaning also.
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