I just got a 2013 Trek Mamba. That was the top of the line for my budget. Anyways, after I got it home, I realized the Trek Mamba has its "Conditions of Use" as follows:
1) Riding on a paved surface where the tires the tires are always on the ground
2) Smooth gravel roads and groomed trails with low-angle grades and drop-offs of less than 6" (15 cm)
Anything other than this and I can expect the bicycle "to be damaged and break prematurely..causing serious injury or death..yada yada yada".
Of course the Cobia (next up from the Mamba) adds the following:
3) Riding in Conditions 1 and 2, plus rough trails, small obstacles, and smooth technical areas. Jumps should be no more than 24” ( 61 cm).
The components on the Cobia include the following:
Upgrades from Mamba
- RockShox Recon Silver air fork
- SRAM S800 crank
- Shimano Deore front derailleur
- SRAM X5 rear derailleur & shifters
- Avid Elixir 1 brakes
...sounds pretty terrible...I expected much more, and have been doing much more. I've been jumping a few feet, going through rock gardens, haulin' @ss on bumpy trails, etc. Should I be concerned that one day my bike is just going to get all sorts of effed up, or is it potentially gradually doing that already and unnoticed? Or is it really just Trek covering their @sses? I weigh 200 pounds and would hate to break my frame and self on a "massive" two footer. It seems that the fork is what really gets me to "Condition 3"...which still sounds relatively lame for the riding I like to do.
Thanks in advance!
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