Friend of mine
A friend of mine is starting to mt. bike just like me. He's about 140 5'10. He wants to do xc with a little all mountain. Anyways, he's been arguing with me that the Specialized FSRxc is a great bike and nothing can beat it. I'm trying to tell him that it is a nice bike but its just not worth it.I tried to tell him to look into the Giant Trance 2, but he won't listen. So i'm here right now asking for your guy's advice on what bike he should get. His price range is at most 1500 and he wants to do xc with some all mountain. It would be great if you guys could show me some bikes for him.
And please don't bump this thread again. Which bike is better? The one HE likes, and ends up buying. Yes, I agree that Specialized bikes are overrated and overpriced, but so are the Giant Maestro offerings. Frankly, I wouldn't be so concerned about what he hends up with, provided that he gets the bike that's right for him. As for other options, too many to mention. Have him check out the websites of the major players and do some research on his own. If I had to make a recommendation in that range, I'd be looking at offerings from Jamis and Iron Horse. Both manufacturers have good reputations and typically represent a decent value. If he checks out Randall Scott's website, they typically run some really good deals on Iron Horse products.
Hopefully this will open up a few more options for him.
'If Wal-Mart sold parachutes, who would jump?' Frank Havnoonian (quoting his father) Drexel Hill Cyclery