Need help with mid-range bike purchase...

Need help with mid-range bike purchase...

Post by Brian Wilso » Sat, 08 Apr 1995 04:00:00


     After visiting a couple of bike stores today and riding many
different bikes i have a few questions.  So far, the Marin Nail Trail
looks like a really good bike to me.  I'm going to add a Manitou 4 or
Judy XC (any comment here--all offroad riding but not a lot of
hills).  Does anyone have any other suggestions in the $1000 range--
try me, I probably rode it today!  There's definately a lot of quality
bikes in this price range, but I'd like to get some other opinions.
Thanks in advance!!

Brian

 
 
 

Need help with mid-range bike purchase...

Post by krobe.. » Sun, 09 Apr 1995 04:00:00

You can get a really nice new Schwinn s(95).3 for about 850.  Don't do the
shock thing...It kills the soul of the bike!

PFG

 
 
 

Need help with mid-range bike purchase...

Post by Carol J. Thoms » Tue, 11 Apr 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

>     After visiting a couple of bike stores today and riding many
>different bikes i have a few questions.  So far, the Marin Nail Trail
>looks like a really good bike to me.  I'm going to add a Manitou 4 or
>Judy XC (any comment here--all offroad riding but not a lot of
>hills).  Does anyone have any other suggestions in the $1000 range--
>try me, I probably rode it today!  There's definately a lot of quality
>bikes in this price range, but I'd like to get some other opinions.

I just bought a Balance AL450 with the Manitou shock. It is a 94 with an
aluminum frame with all STX sp. ed. (this year's STX-RC). I got a good deal
since it is a 94. I rode it this weekend and I LOVE IT!

I rode my fav 9 mile route that has some fairly technical sections and after
the ride I felt so fresh I could have done the ride again (my legs were not so
fresh at the start 'cause I did the bike leg of a tri the day before to give
some perspective). I contribute the great ride to the weight of the bike (6
lbs lighter than my old tank) and the shock. I was riding with a Softride stem
shock on the tank.

My advise:
1) get a light weight bike (< 27 lbs) and consider aluminum
2) if you go with aluminum definitely get a shock to offset the stiffer ride
3) if you don't go with aluminum, still get a shock (I have a nagging low back
problem and it always feels worse the day after I ride. I can barely tell I
rode yesterday)
4) Try a Balance

Good luck,
Carol