Another Newbie here. Trying to decide where to start. I have been doing spinning classes for the last month and actually bought a pair of clipless MTB shoes today. Thought the class would be a good way get used to riding and using clipless pedals, if I should even use clipless to start?...probably another thread..I digress...
I do not have a reference point on 26" vs 29er because I really haven't ever ridden a real trail on a bike. No habits one way or the other. This is a new hobby I am picking up with some friends. If it matters, I am 5'9 and about 175lbs. I am in North Texas where everyone says full suspension is not necessary for our trails. I have read all about 29ers and really like the physics behind them versus the 26, but once again the DB and the components seem to be an amazing deal and this bike seems to get great reviews used on non technical trails. It isn't a light bike, but neither is 29ers in my price range. DB FS is just tempting with these components at that price right?
Ideally, I am would like to find a user 29er HT with a front suspension, gears, and disc brakes for $400 or less. Anymore than that I might as well by one of the 2 bikes below with full warranty from authorized local LBS right?
I listed the components for both in the hopes that you guys could tell me if one has far superior components than the other and give me your opinion on which route I should go.
2011 Access XCL 9.5 29er Mountain Bike - $700 plus tax.
BOTTOM BRACKET: Cartridge, steel
BRAKES: Avid BB5 disc brake w/ caliper, alloy, 185mm front, 160mm rear
CASSETTE: Sunrace , 9-speed, 11-32T
CHAIN: KMC HG73. 1/2" 11/128" 106L
CRANKSET: TruVativ 5D 3.0, 22/32T
FORK: Rock Shox Dart 3 29", 100mm of travel w/ TurnKey lockout
FRAME: 6061 Aluminum
FRONT DERAILLEUR: SRAM X.5
GRIPS/TAPE: WTB DC Trail Grip
HANDLEBAR: Alloy, 620mm, 6 degree, 25mm rise
HEADSET: Cane Creek Semi-Integrated, caged bearing w/ top cap
LEVERS: Avid FR-5, SLV bracket, alloy
PEDALS: Wellgo LU-C25 w/ boron axle
REAR DERAILLEUR: SRAM X.5 long cage w/out bracket
REAR SHOCK: NA
SEATPOST: FSA SP-SL-280, 31.6mm, 350L
SHIFTERS: SRAM X.5 Trigger
STEM: Forged Alloy 4-bolt; 31.8mm, EXT:15"=90mm, 17"=100mm, 19"=110mm, 21/23"=120mm
TIRES: GEAX Saguaro 29R, 29 X 2.2, Kevlar bead
WHEELSET: Rims: WTB SpeedDisc All MTN 29"; Hubs: CNC alloy, disc, sealed, 32H
2009 Diamondback Mission 1 - $800 plus Tax.
Mission All Mountain 6" Aluminum w/ Hooded Hydroformed Top Tube, Butted / Formed Down Tube / Seatstays, Under Arch Seatstay bridge, Knuckle Box Technology, ISCG, Hammerschmidt Ready
Fox Vanilla R 140mm travel, coil spring w/ext. pre-load / rebound adj., hollow forged crown
Fox Float RP2 200x51mm Air w/ rebound adj, 2
Truvativ Blaze PowerSpline 3.1 AL-66 arms, AL-7075 aluminum outer ring, 22/32/44t
Truvativ Power Spline Sealed Cartridge
Shimano Deore dual pull, top swing
SRAM X-5 9spd trigger
Hayes Stroker - Ryde
Hayes Stroker Ryde Hydraulic V7" frt / V6" rear Rotors
SRAM PG-950 9spd Cassette (11-34t)
32h Sun Ditch Witch w/ Eyelets
WTB Prowler MX 2.3 frt, Stout 2.3 rear, Folding
DB Sound Alloy w/ molded traction pins
Easton EA30 MidRise 31.8mm
Easton EA30 31.8mm
DB SL309p Alloy Micro Adjust 30.9mm
WTB Pure V Sport
Zero Stack 1 1/8"
(F) 32h Alloy w/ CNC Disc Mount (R) 32h Alloy Cassette w/ CNC Disc mount
Black 14g Stainless Steel
DB Brics 130mm D2 Kraton
DB Key Chain, Owner’s manual / Mission owner's manual cover, Chainstay Protector, Clear Coat, H20 bottle mounts
Thanks in advance for any advice or suggestions.
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