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    NM MTB Shops

    I am *starting* to contemplate a new bike. I live in NM, currently Carlsbad area, but will be moving to ABQ. What shops are the "best of the best"? I'm partial to Specialized and Cannondale (current ride is a Specialized Camber Comp Carbon 29), but am open to others.

    Geographical area can be Carlsbad (yeah, right), ABQ, Santa Fe, Las Cruces. I'm not against a little bit of a road trip to get what I want.

    TIA!

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    I can recommend Gearing Up in Taos for Specialized, may be worth the trip especially if you have a few hours to ride any of the local trails. They deal a few other brands' bikes but Specialized has been their specialty for decades. I've bought two from them, one from the old shop and got my Rockhopper a few years ago after the new owners bought the store, service has been top notch when I've needed anything since then.

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    Not your brands, but Mellow Velo was very cool in Santa Fe. I went to Bike and Sport the year before, and they were kind of douchey and provided ZERO beta on the area (I was specifically asking about whether Windsor was appropriate to ride at the time, to which they gave a nonanswer and acted like they didn't know what Windsor was). Mellow Velo, on the other hand, were super friendly and asked about our trip and where we were from then gave us a ton of suggestions and information about the area.

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    We do have a trip planned to Taos, but not until December for skiing. Although that's not to say I couldn't get there before then....

    What is the selection at REI in ABQ? I rode a Cannondale Lefty at an REI, but that was in San Antonio, a bit bigger store and metro area.

    Keep the ideas coming....

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    The REI in Santa Fe only had Ghost and Co-Op, I believe. No clue about ABQ.

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    Gila Hike and Bike in Silver City is a bit out of the way and specialise in Trek, Salsa and Santa Cruz, but they can pretty much order what you need and are a great bunch of folks. Highly recommended.
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    Not a Specialized or cannondale dealer but I highly recomend the Broken spoke in Santa Fe..Big selection,Knowledgeable staff,super cool place all around.good luck!
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    Bike shops all have their flavors. Some are vanilla and others are chocolate. We might have our preferences, but if they are taken for what they are, most shops aren't too bad in Santa Fe. I know them all in town and have good relationships with all of them. Do I have my preferences, you bet. But going into one of them and expecting them to do "chocolate" when they are "vanilla" is sort of silly. What does this mean? Going into a shop owned by someone who is passionate about road racing for mountain biking equipment isn't a good idea. Most of the shops have a good bit of everything (road or MTB), but that still doesn't change what the owner of the shop is enthusiastic about.

    Best shop for MTB stuff with an big emphasis on technical terrain: Broken Spoke (its Mike's passion)

    Best shop for XC stuff: NM Bike-n-Sport (its Tony's passion)

    Best shop with a blend of all-mountain/trail MTB/XC/road: Tie--Mellow Velo and NM Bike-n-Sport

    Best road bike shop: Tie--NM Bike-n-Sport and Mellow Velo (its Tony's and Dave's first love)

    Best shop for inventory: all of the above for different reasons

    Best shop for getting your bike worked on (MTB bikes): Broken Spoke (Dylan is amazing)

    Best shop for getting your bike worked on (road bikes): Tie--NM Bike-n-Sport and Mellow Velo

    See, each has its flavor and what it does best. Do some shops do one thing better than another? Absolutely. Utilizing them all for what they are best at is the best way to go.

    I can't speak to the shops in ABQ or Taos as I have no direct experience with those shops. I also don't know much about Spin Doc in Santa Fe.

    Broken Spoke handles Trek, Yeti, Rocky Mountain, Transition and some other stuff.
    NM Bike-n-Sport handles Specialized, Ibis, Intense, Pinarello, Scott, and some other stuff.
    Mellow Velo handles Santa Cruz, Pivot, BMC, Juliana, and some other stuff. Best on-hand MTB tire selection in town.

    Lucky for Santa Fe, BTI is located here, so getting most after-market parts can be a next-day affair.

    Now get out and ride!

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    High Desert Bicycles is taking care of my broken Enduro.

    I like the guys are Fat Tire. They are real dirtbags.

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