I have an older early 90's Cannondale Delta V 1000 front suspension hardtail that I want to replace with a full suspension bike.
I am 5'11" at about 190 lbs.
I am in good shape physically and cardiovascularly
I ride in the deserts and mountains of UT. Riding consists of trails strewn with gravel to stones to rocks jutting out of the ground, with ruts, wash outs and wash board. These are hit on the way up and again on the way down.
A lot of climbing with an equal number of downs. I do like to pick up the speed on the downs sometimes, within reason. At 49 one does look at his own mortality different than a 29 year old.
My past bike rides have been anywhere from one to three hours in duration. Of course with a better bike they will probably become longer.
My top price point is 3K
My top pics are:
Cannondale Rize 3 ($2700?) or Rize 4 ($2300)
68.5 deg HA
F travel Rize 3 130 mm Rize 4 140 mm
R travel ?
Giant Reign 1 ($2900)
68 deg HA
F travel 140 mm
R travel 6"
Giant Trance X 2 ($2800)
69.5 deg HA
F travel 120 mm
R travel 5"
Rocky Mountain Slayer 50 ($3200) a bit higher than I want to spend
68 deg HA
F travel 160 mm
R travel ?
In talking with the bike shop about the Giants, he recommended the Trance over the Reign citing the Trance is 50 % ascending 50 % descending, the Reign is 40 % asending 60 % descending.
In talking with the bike shop about the Cannondales, I said that I really did not like the look of the Lefty "fork", It looks funky and I think it would be annoying visually while riding. I am also concerned that the front hub would not be double sheared like on a normal fork. He said it is an awesome shock. From what I have read here and elsewhwere, most who have ridden with them love them.
I have beaten my older Cannondale hard over the years and I can attest to the durability and longevity of the Cannondale frame and major components. That being said, I am not going to get hung up with "brand loyalty" if a better value for the money can be had.
Any opinions, feedback, pros and cons of each pick?
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