I figured this was the place to start a thread like this.... since it will be my first 29er and the such.
Also I realize the Comp is slight up from the Talon 0 but LBS 2 has no Sports and is discounting the Comp by $260 off MSRP to move the bike. So you see my quandary.
Alas, there is more...
LBS 1 has the Giant - is friend of mine - supports the local community (one major event (14k riders) I am on the steering committee and the local college riding team). I had resolved to buy a bike from him and figured at this price point, most 29ers would feel the same to me - foreign. I rode the Talon 0. I felt slow and awkward - granted only seat post was fitted for a quick test ride.
I had no other experience on a 29 - years on a 26.
Decided to sleep on it after getting his best price of $1030. First year tune-ups I think... don't quote me.
On a whim, drove over to LBS 2. Small town, two bike shops... no other dealers within an hour or so. He deals in Felt and does not really support the community based on the word of others I trust. I figured I would get on a different 29er and gauge my experience. Wow. The ride was much better. I felt quick again, nimble... the bike was easy to throw around. I nearly felt like I was on my old Fisher X-Cal. NEARLY.
I assume the sport would be near the same ride just with a different group. (But I really like the RS Recon Air...)
And LBS 2 says, well, sorry I won't have anymore Felts in for about two weeks, let me see what I can do on this 2012 Comp... $260 off. Also throwing in Lizard skin, first major service free, and free lifetime tune-ups.
After that long winded diatribe - two questions:
1. I think I have the answer, but I wanted to ask... I mean it is my arse in the saddle... but I am a loyal to a fault. The Comp is a great price... The Giant (LBS 1) was not a great fit for me "it seems".
What would you do? It almost seems silly asking, being this is business... but again, cycling is really big to us here and I just don't want to upset the tender balance that is us and LBS/community. Would I be out of line in fellow riders' opinions going with LBS 2 given the facts?
2. IF you said Felt (LBS 2) - With that price savings on the felt, would you pull the trigger or just move down to the Sport? (I would link you to the specs, but alas, I am too much of a forum n00b apparently to responsibly give you a link.)
We are a fickle, loyal bunch, us MTB riders and cyclists in general. I'd like your opinions.
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