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    North Scottsdale Area LBS

    Just moved to Scottsdale from SoCal. Already been out (in the early mornings) in the McDowells. Different kind of riding from SoCal - seems like there are less 10-15 miles steady uphills, and a little more undulation. At the same time, I almost never dealt with technical climbing in SoCal aside from switchback turns. Props to those of you who can eat up the rock gardens going up hill and loose, steep climbs without dabbing...

    My real question: anybody know of a good, reputable local bike shop for service in the North Scottsdale area east of the 101. Not interested in making Performance Bike my local service shop - I would prefer to have a relationship with a shop that specializes in high end, and preferably one that is well stocked.

    Also, any advice as to a good Santa Cruz seller in the area? I checked the Santa Cruz website, but it seems the nearest seller that is still in business is in Mesa (going to build out a Tallboy Carbon frameset later this year).

    Happy trails to all. Hope to see you out there!

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    I second the above post. I have been to most of the shops in the north valley, and Sunday Cycles has always been the most courteous, friendly, and honest shop I have been to. I won't go anywhere else. And no, I do not work for them. Just a fan.
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    Thanks to both responses. I will head over this weekend.

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    Slippery Pig is my favorite shop followed by Bicycle Haus as a close second. I highly recommend either of those.

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    Bicycle Ranch would fit your needs and they are in your area at the 101 and Frank Loyd Wright.

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    DNA Cycles - A++ @Scottsdale Road and Mayo, just below 101

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    I goto Rage Cycles in S. Scottsdale. great people, good mechs, and they do a lot of high-end and custom MTB work. Just bought my 5th bike from them.

    I have only been in Bicycle Ranch once, they were nice, but struck me as more of a roadie shop with Scottsdale prices. DNA Cycles at Scottsdale\101 - they are a Specialized dealer\franchise, mixed reviews on this board about the wrenching.

    Adventure Cycles in Mesa is a long-timer SC dealer. A haul from N. Scottsdale, but they have always been a good shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball View Post
    DNA Cycles at Scottsdale\101 - they are a Specialized dealer\franchise, mixed reviews on this board about the wrenching.

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    I use to be a fan but after the last couple visits, not so much .

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    The bonus for the OP is that Sunday Cycles is a Santa Cruz dealer.

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    If you're looking for a Tallboy and stock of them I suggest you swing by airpark bike shop. It's kinda tucked away in scottsdale but if you want Hight end we're your shop. Airpark Bikes - Welcome to Airpark Bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by doodooboi View Post
    If you're looking for a Tallboy and stock of them I suggest you swing by airpark bike shop. It's kinda tucked away in scottsdale but if you want Hight end we're your shop. Airpark Bikes - Welcome to Airpark Bikes
    just checked out their site. Are they like a fulfillment center with a small operations\customer service group? Tell us more!
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    Airpark is very well stocked, all high end, like a kid in a candy store. Some of the best prices in town. Definatly worth stopping by when you need a new bike. Staff knows their stuff and is friendly. But it is often busy and you may have to stand around for a few minutes to be helped. Closed on weekends. Sunday cycles and slippery pig have been good, but a little far for me. I stop at landis for quick things, they are helpful but have found them to be expensive.

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    Thanks to everybody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    I use to be a fan but after the last couple visits, not so much .
    I second this opinion about DNA. It used to be the place I took my Yeti for service. My last two experiences have been not bad but horrible. I'll never be a customer again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doodooboi View Post
    If you're looking for a Tallboy and stock of them I suggest you swing by airpark bike shop. It's kinda tucked away in scottsdale but if you want Hight end we're your shop. Airpark Bikes - Welcome to Airpark Bikes

    Prices, inventory, and knowledgeable employees are great and they sell a lot of tallboys. They have dropped what they are doing to make repairs for me more than once. I love that!

    In my experience frequent follow up is required (best in person) if they have to order anything for you though. I say to go in person because phone calls are not returned--even with new bike money burning a hole in your pocket!

    Pros and cons considered, I like them and will continue to go there. I just wish they ran a tighter ship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    I use to be a fan but after the last couple visits, not so much .
    in the same boat. A bit to stuffy (high-falutin) for me. Roadies in baggies clothing. LOL

    Props to Cactus Bikes in AAAAAWATUKKEEEEE (my old home)!

    FISH hands down the nicest, wrench turner in the world, next to BOB (see below). Not too mention their rental rox, the damn whole team is cool. They can talk, walk, chew gum and shoot the **** all at once... SUPER KUDOS and I live in AJ. Wish they were out here...


    I am trolling two wheel jones bikes. They're rather nice. Nice and share their knowledge and wit.

    Mike's Bike Chalet. Mikes a good guy. Bought a used bike from him and he was very helpful. Just a tad far for me. But I will use in a pinch.

    I miss SMC. Bob, Scott and Jeff... alas, no more. sniff, sniff.

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    I live in roughly the same area as the OP. IMO, it's worth the drive down to Scottsdale/Thomas for Rage. I have bought a bike from DNA and had a couple good experiences there awhile back. Last few times I've been in, haven't been anywhere near as worthwhile.

    I've always liked Slippery Pig, but from where I (and the OP) live, it's an enormous PITA to get there and deal with the traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_AZ View Post
    Prices, inventory, and knowledgeable employees are great and they sell a lot of tallboys. They have dropped what they are doing to make repairs for me more than once. I love that!

    In my experience frequent follow up is required (best in person) if they have to order anything for you though. I say to go in person because phone calls are not returned--even with new bike money burning a hole in your pocket!

    Pros and cons considered, I like them and will continue to go there. I just wish they ran a tighter ship.
    Agree with everything said from Dan_AZ, I have bought from/raced for Steve since the mid-nineties and have always gotten the best deals. Mechs are excellent, talk with Ryan, Jason or James.
    The new shop is definately full on roadie/mtb PORN Probably the coolest looking shop in town. The wife can always tell if I've been hangin out at Airpark!

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    Sunday Cycles. 32 St and Bell. Best shop in the valley.

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    You guys do know that Slippery Pig has another store in Fountain Hills?

    I have never been able to i) find Airpark, or ii) get into the general area of Airpark on a weekday. It may be a good shop, but I am likely to never know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toomanybikes View Post
    You guys do know that Slippery Pig has another store in Fountain Hills?

    I have never been able to i) find Airpark, or ii) get into the general area of Airpark on a weekday. It may be a good shop, but I am likely to never know.

    Google and google maps is your friend.
    Airpark Biycle 8388 E Hartford Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85255 480-596-6633

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    Quote Originally Posted by doodooboi View Post
    Google and google maps is your friend.
    Airpark Biycle 8388 E Hartford Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85255 480-596-6633
    I know.

    Still doesn't solve the weekday issue though.

    Last time I was down in AZ ( March ) I had a day free, figured I would go check it out. Their web-site still had the old address.

    My Garmin took me right there............

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