I got Sharon out on Kurt’s Santa Cruz Nomad. The good news is she liked it a lot and is stoked to try some dirt trails. The bad news is Kurt won’t let her keep his Nomad permanently!…=-)
So we are looking at a few long travel all mountain full suspension bikes for her. I’m not sure if she’ll even be able to swing one this year, but we might as well do our homework now and figure out how much $$$ we are talking about so we know how much saving has to happen.
I’m of the mind that upgrading suspension on a MTB is so damn expensive that you’re way better off to wait and buy the bike you want/need than to think you are saving $$$ buying a lower quality bike and upgrading when you wear stuff out/have more $$$.
I’ve added links on each image to the manufacturer’s website – so click ’em if you want more info.
Our next move will be to get out to Bow Cycle for some test rides on as many 6″ travel bikes as we can. Looking at bike specs online is useful for narrowing down choices, but ultimately you gotta push the pedals to know what’s what!
Personally I’ve had such good luck with Santa Cruz bikes that I’ll be pushing for one of them unless Sharon falls in love with a bike she test rides and/or we find a sweet deal on a used bike along the way. The Santa Cruz Heckler is a very nice rig at $2K and unless we luck out on a used bike I don’t think a sub-$2K bike is in the cards if we want 6″ of travel and quality suspension.
If you have any suggestions for suitable bikes for Sharon or maybe you’ve got a lightly used long travel MTB in a smaller size you want to get rid of – please leave a comment…=-)