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    Chicago Bike Shops

    Hi Folks,

    New to the mtb world and looking for a reputable shop in Chicago. New bike purchase and service. Suggestions?

    Thanks

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    Richards in Palos Heights. I travel here from Chicago. Great Service.

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    Richards is good. What are you looking for?

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    Kozy's Cyclery
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    Thanks for the suggestions. New to the sport and don't want to purchase something well above my skill level. I'll probably be sticking with Midwest trails. Rode a rockhopper and stumpjumper yesterday. I like the hopper, but wasn't impressed with the shifting. Jumper was very nice, but would like to stay near the hopper budget... Want to stay away from full suspensions. Any suggestions?

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    Chicago Bike Shops

    I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say if the rockhopper wasn't shifting so hot, it simply may not be set up right. In all my time of building bikes, if you have enough skill , which isn't that much, you can make Alivio(comes on the RH) shift just as well as Deore or say SLX. The difference comes in chain management and control out on the trail. I have a rockhopper, and my rear Der. was just fine once the cable tension was properly set. Never missed a shift and snappy too.


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    I live up near Schaumburg, and had the hardest time finding a bike shop up here. Ended up at North Central Cyclery in DeKalb; About an hour's drive, but they are a VERY nice bike shop. They have built up two Surlys for me and did an excellent job on both.

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    Wheel Werks in Crystal Lake, is a really nice shop too. Run by a great group of guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosiecki46 View Post
    Want to stay away from full suspensions. Any suggestions?
    You can easily get away with a hardtail here. How big are you and what's your budget?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigE610 View Post
    Wheel Werks in Crystal Lake, is a really nice shop too. Run by a great group of guys.
    I've heard good things about them, but haven't managed the drive up there yet. On my list.

    Quote Originally Posted by rosiecki46 View Post
    Want to stay away from full suspensions. Any suggestions?
    Well, I've recently purchased two Surly frames; a Big Dummy (cargo bike) and a Cross-check (Cyclocross bike used as commuter). I'm loving the HECK out of both, but I suspect that any frame that fits you well will do just as good. My next bike will likely be a fat-bike for winter commuting and trails.

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    Thanks for the replies. I ended up with a Carve. Seems like a great bike with decent reviews. Haven't been able to ride it much, but will get out this weekend.

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    2bici by palos is a great shop

    By schaumburg, you could have hit up main street cycles in carpentersville

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    Village Cycle Center has always treated me well. I've purchased several Treks from them.

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