So I walk into the LBS, and the bike that I've been e-stalking is sitting right there on the showroom floor... a '12 Flash 29er 2 alloy, white/orange, Lefty. $1899. That's a lot of bones... Let's assume I buy that one, or find something similar, used.
I ride at a level that's mostly recreational and for fitness, so truly I don't need a race bike, certainly not anything that nice. But the reason why I've got the "I wannas":
1. The Flash is an XL frame. I think when I bought my F900 (14?) years ago, it was on the small side as a Large frame. I'm 6'4 240 (Clyde ++). I've never broken a seatpost on that bike, but I wonder if the larger geometry would feel better or be an advantage?
2. The Head shok in my F900 only has 60mm travel, and has the "up to 200lb" springs (for my weight, they should be the next step up). The Flash Lefty has 90+?mm of travel and I could find current parts to set it up correctly for my weight class. I hear nothing but good things about Leftys.
3. Wet v-brakes in the mud versus hydraulic disc brakes for a 240lb rider. Need I say more? I hate the feel/sound/unpredictability of v-brakes, always have.
4. The Flash looks fantastic. I'm trying to picture it muddy with a scrape or two, and it still looks good.... Who doesn't like shiny, new objects?
5. I'm curious about the ride experience/quality/advantage of 29ers... ::squints:: "We didn't have those when I was your age..." (The whole 'rolls over stuff better' is enticing for me, living in the Northwest with tons of roots and rocks). Also, the 29er feels like a big kid's bike.
Realistically if I get in another 20 rides this season, I'll be skookum. I'm getting back into the sport. I'm sure I could throw my old F900 down the trail plenty more times as a bargain proposition, nurturing the old parts and replacing anything that breaks. If I bought a new one, I'd keep it, so it could be a spare or something to change up my riding. I also have a buddy that's ripe for MTB evangelism...said he wants to go sometime and then I'd have a decent bike I could get him hooked on.
Is the advance in technology "worth" it to you? I'm trying to decide if it's worth it to me. The guy at the bike shop said they don't rent bikes, but if I'm thinking about buying, the shop does a program where you can take out a demo 29er and keep it for a weekend, ride it on your favorite trail, etc, for $100, and if you decide to buy, they'll put that $100 as a credit on your purchase. I might do it just to avoid a $2k mistake...$100 is worth the experience to me, especially since I will be bike-less this weekend while they figure out my suspension issues.
Also...at $1899 for that bike...the C'dale website says MSRP is $2100...so I'm assuming that's a deal? Do you think there's any room to move?
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