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Offline benjibbad

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Bike Advice
« on: May 03, 2007, 10:04:01 PM »
Ok here is my dilema.  I want to get a FS bike.  I currently am riding a KHS Alite 500 Great hard tail, but I want something I can do a little more with.  I test rode a bunch of bikes and I have narrowed it down to 2.  The specialzed Epic or the Giant Trance 1. They are both about the same price, and component wise. They both get the pretty much the same score on MTBR.com so which one is the better bike? Anyone had any experience with these bikes?  Any recommendations?
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Re: Bike Advice
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2007, 11:14:25 PM »
I love the Epic I have. I bought it thinking I could ride all over the country and it did not disappoint. The reason I got a new one was I felt the frame was a little to small and I wanted disc brakes. If we're ever at the same place at the same time you can test mine. My bud has a Trance and likes it. I know, no help.
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Re: Bike Advice
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2007, 11:32:08 PM »
The Trance from what I understand is a strong trail bike that is comfortable dabbling in racing. The Epic is a XC racer that is comfortable dabbling in trail riding. Aleast that's how I understand it. If both fit you well, get into the little nic-nac details, like specs, price and color.
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Re: Bike Advice
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2007, 08:28:09 AM »
go with specialized. but crazy white guy is right. feel first, then price....

i would look at the component groups on the bike as well.

1. Do the wheels on either bike look cheap?
2. Is there anything you plan on upgrading?
3. Which one do you REALLY want? Why?

Hope that helps..  sometimes its better to step back and figure out which one you really like better, and it may just be color choices or something silly like that...

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Re: Bike Advice
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2007, 08:40:52 AM »
That's a real good assesment C.W.G. I agree.
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Re: Bike Advice
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2007, 10:02:47 AM »
Majority of components and frames for Giant and Specialized bikes were manufactured in China and Taiwan. Specialized is still headquartered in California and I think a Taiwanese company owns part of the company. Giants have manufacturing plants in Europe, China and Taiwan.
For the kind of rides that we do I think both were suitable but for the components and parts that is put in the bikes for the same price I will go with Specialized.
 

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Re: Bike Advice
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2007, 11:07:58 AM »
have you considered a santa cruz blur LT (the LT stands for Long travel) i have one...under 27 pounds and has over 140mm of travel and its VPP is second to none..it is a xc bike with all mountain travel capabilities

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Re: Bike Advice
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2007, 06:21:28 PM »
You know, I have been thinking about this. They are both really good bikes. If the componentry is relatively equal, and the pricing is similar then:


Which of the two really gets you excited!!!? Which one looks better to you?

Which one feels best to you?

Good luck on your choice! Can't wait to see what you decide.

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Re: Bike Advice
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2007, 09:47:30 PM »
I have decided on the Giant Trance 1.  I will be going this weekend to pick it up. I can't wait to take it out. First ride will be Alafia. First time on both!! Anyone riding alafia on Saturday morning?
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Re: Bike Advice
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2007, 09:50:56 PM »
I might, repeat might be interested in that, I have to go to my mother in laws in the afternoon, but we can talk towards the end of the week about the ride.

Congrats on the new ride! Ride it in good health!!


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Re: Bike Advice
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2007, 03:34:20 PM »
I picked up the bike today, and man what a differance.  I can't believe what I was missing!! Unfortunatly I was not able to take it out on the trails yet where it really matters but from what I can tell so far I am very happy!! I won't be able to ride tomorrow either, too much with mothers day so monday afternoonish I will take it out. Anyone want to join me? Boyette or Alafia I'm not picky.
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Re: Bike Advice
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2007, 09:25:17 PM »
Hit me up, I might repeat might be able to swing a ride.


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Re: Bike Advice
« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2007, 09:41:16 PM »
Ok I have the upgrade itch.  First thing to go, Tires.  I have already put about 300 miles on them and the rear kinda looks worn down.  Currently I have the Hutchinson Pirrana rear (2.0) and Baracuda Front (2.3).  I was looking at changing to a 2.1 on both for a little less rolling resistance.  I am interested in the Kenda Kharisma UST.  Has any one had experiance with these.  Any recommendations?  I would like to stick with a UST and something I can still take though the sand without too much trouble.  I mostly ride Alafia and Boyette, so something that works well out there.  Thanks ahead of time.
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Re: Bike Advice
« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2007, 09:46:29 PM »
I run Continental Explorer Pro in 2.1 size. They seem to work pretty well. Roll pretty well, good cornering traction, and they still grip pretty well when it is wet out as well. They seem to be a real good all-around tire.
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Re: Bike Advice
« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2007, 10:36:10 PM »
I loved the WTB Weirwolf 2.1s on my Iron Horse so much that I bought the UST version to put on my Rush. They do not dissapoint!
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