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    Best mechanics around Asheville

    Any opinions on who the really knowledgeable and skilled mechanics are here? I'm looking for a shop I can trust with my bike.

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    It's just a bike! A small shop that usually has 1 or no employee's just the owner there most of the time would be a good start. Bigger bike shops just hire people that claim to be skilled mechanics, meaning they are just working a job and not as concerned or interested in your bike. Just my opinion but should be yours.

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    Nate, who left Fatz for Sycamore, has always done right by me. He does good work, and will go extra to get done what you need.

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    Best mechanics around Asheville

    Nate is good, as is jimmy @ the hub, also a former fatz cat. I'm hearing good things about the folks @ billy goat. And though rarely mentioned, here Youngblood is an awesome wrench. I agree with deeptroller in that the smaller shops are probably your best bet.

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    I do my own work (half of the fun for me), I like the guys at BillyGoat, down to earth and no pressure.

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    Thanks for the input! I haven't been to Billy Goat yet, but it's closer to me than any of the others.

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    Learn to work on your own, it ain't rocket science. Buy your parts local, after shipping it is just about even, and knowing how your bike works can make for a more complete MTB experience. If you don't have a "dirt" thumb then our area is blessed with many good shops.


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    Maybe a tangent, but if anything goes wrong in suspension-land, there's no topping having Suspension Experts right here in AVL. If you have any serious fork/shock issues, it's probably where any local shop will send your part anyhow: I've run into mechanics from at least one of the above shops picking up repaired forks and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IoC View Post
    Maybe a tangent, but if anything goes wrong in suspension-land, there's no topping having Suspension Experts right here in AVL. If you have any serious fork/shock issues, it's probably where any local shop will send your part anyhow: I've run into mechanics from at least one of the above shops picking up repaired forks and such.
    Yup! The only place to go for all your suspension needs.

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    Andy and Ian at Chainheart- another vote for a small shop with EXCELLENT mechanics. Properly surly and funny at the same time, too.
    Last edited by Mike Brown; 06-05-2013 at 04:03 PM.

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    I've had forks serviced and set up at Suspension Experts-----they are exceptional!

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    My go-to is Nathan at Motion makers in Sylva and Suspension Experts in Asheville for forks and shocks. Both have always over delivered for me.
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    Ditto the praise for Nate

    Quote Originally Posted by timdvm View Post
    Nate, who left Fatz for Sycamore, has always done right by me. He does good work, and will go extra to get done what you need.
    When I lived in Asheville, Nate helped me fix my mostly self induced, or riding over my head, mechanicals so many times I lost count. Nate would always answer my numerous questions, even when I must have driven him crazy wanting information. He went out if his way to fix several complex problems, like the bike was his own. If you are close to the folks in Brevard, you can't go wrong with Nate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tennessee17 View Post
    If you are close to the folks in Brevard, you can't go wrong with Nate.
    +1. A few times I had a bike in with him and got "I fixed that and took care of these other two things that would've bothered me if it were my bike" results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orthoguy View Post
    My go-to is Nathan at Motion makers in Sylva
    +1, always extremely helpful and won't try to give you something you don't need.

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    In asheville I reccomend Billy Goat and Chain Heart. breavard both shops have good mechanics.

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    just stopped in Suspension Experts this morning, great guys for forks/shocks.

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    Just wanted to echo that I think Nate is one of the best wrenches around. I think he truly loves what he does and it's always been awesome working next to him doing tech support at different venues.
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    Re: Best mechanics around Asheville

    Down in Hendo, Austin at Sycamore is a solid wrench, rider, and all around great guy. He always gets my old steed turned around quickly with my all of bike's issues resolved.

    Now, if they only sold beer.....




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    Best mechanics around Asheville

    Sounds like Sycamore has two good wrenches!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spirit4earth View Post
    Sounds like Sycamore has two good wrenches!
    One at each location.

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    Nate in Brevard, Austin in H'ville?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spirit4earth View Post
    Nate in Brevard, Austin in H'ville?
    Yah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bfluid View Post
    Down in Hendo, Austin at Sycamore is a solid wrench, rider, and all around great guy. He always gets my old steed turned around quickly with my all of bike's issues resolved.

    Now, if they only sold beer.....




    Make some thing better happen.

    X2 Austin is defiantly the best mechanic around in my opinion. I've never had any complaints at all from anything he's done. I always use sycamore for everything now. It is for sure my favorite shop in the area.

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