First let me say that the last two mountain bikes I bought were a 2009 Fisher Hi Fi (base model) and a 2010 Specialized Safire dualie for my better half.
So, it's been a while since I have shopped for a new bike. Now, I'm helping a buddy get back into the sport after a 18 year hiatus.
Here's my question: Every trail bike (Specialized Camber, Trek EX5, Cannondale Rise2, Kona Hei Hei) we've looked at in the price range listed above has a junk coil spring front fork and a "bottom end" air shock.
So, what the heck is going on here? Not all too long ago you could spend $1700 to $2000 and come away with a Fox, Manitou or Rockshox rear shock and at the least an air tuneable Rockshox fork, heck sometimes (think Safire) even a Fox fork!!!
What are the big brand manufacturer's trying to get away with??
Your thoughts please!!!
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