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    Hi, I'm new here from North Carolina. Just ordered a Cascade Peak 29er and the anticipation is about to kill me waiting on it to arrive! For $3k, none of the big box bikes (Giant, Trek, Specialized) in this area come close. Local Trails are starting to open up again so its going to arrive just in time!

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    How do you like your bike? I have a Cascade Peak on order.

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    I only got mine a few weeks ago and haven't been get more than a road few miles on it. Not enough time to get to a trail after work and been busy or rainy on days off. I'm comparing it to a 20ish year old Cannondale hardtail. A 29 on an XL frame seem huge compare to the 26.5 on a large frame. The first hundred feet felt like I just learned to ride. So yeah, it's a night and day difference. But now I really want to try and put some trail miles on it.

    Build quality seems very high. I didn't find any loose hardware or poor looking workmanship. Paint was nice (even came with touch up paint!). Mounting the dropper remote was a challenge (it's doable, find a 3rd hand to make it easier)

    I am on the larger side 6'2" and 280 lbs, I had to add a bit of air to the shocks. I expected it to be heavier (Not really that concerned on what it weighs). Gearing seems a little low for me, after some trail time i'll see if a larger chainring is warranted. I was concern with my mass that the brakes might be an issue, but they can slow me down and I still have a reserve. I would have prefered Shimano's with a firmed feel (I may try bleeding them, but I think that's just how they feel).

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    i love it. Ive got about 300 miles on it so far. No squeaks or creaks or rattling. Best bike ive ever owned

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    I finally got a ten mile ride on it this weekend. No issues. I do have a lot to learn and figure out with finding where I should set the shocks and what tire pressures to run. Nice to have the ability to tune and change settings, but does take some time to dial it in.

    I also realized that I probably be putting a larger chainring on. I really have no use for the lower 2 or 3 gears and would like to have a higher top end when the road or trail levels out. This is with me being pretty out of shape, as I get more fit I can see even less use of those gears. Now i just need to figure out how much larger to go and at what point to I need to start adding links to the chain.

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