So I know there have been a few threads covering similar decisions, just bare with me a little please!
I'm a weekend warrior who casually does a bit of XC that 60% of the time involves some climbing. I currently ride an unremarkable Giant hard tail and am looking to make a more serious investment into mountain biking.
Unfortunately the options living in Japan aren't that great. At the price I'm looking at my choices are the 2009 Canaan comp / 2010 Teocali comp / or the GT sensor 3.0 (I've read comparisons between the Teocali and the Sensor and they seem to boil down to personal preference. I've leant towards the Teocali cause I think it just looks cooler).
All the reviews I've read claim the Canaan is an excellent climber, but the Teocali is a very versatile all-purpose type of bike. My main question is, what makes the Canaan such a good climber? Considering both use the Freedrive system and most of the parts between the two are similar - is it just the weight difference of the Canaan? The numbers vary but it seems to be about 2kgs.
I'm very attracted to the all-purpose viability of the Teocali because there are a few Downhill tracks in my area, but still want to do lots of climbing to really get a good workout. Let's say I pickup a Teocali, pickup a few upgrades (the cool kids seem to do away with the shocks) and maybe cut down on the snacks - would it be just as good as the Canaan in the climbing department?
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