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#426569 - 09/11/17 12:05 PM Re: Like Want & Need [Re: MatManhasgone]
Troy_32 Offline
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Sounds like the right decision for now. Getting out and riding is the most important part, regardless of your rig. I know people that get out and shred on old hardtails in the same group as folks with 10K superbikes. Everyone has fun.

My advice would be to only spend money on your old bike to keep it safely working until you can justify a new one. Adding a new fork or rear shock would be expensive and I don't think you would get the proportionate benefit.

I've gone from a 2001 Cannondale F-400 (stolen in Kingston, ON) to a 2011 Rocky Mountain Altitude, to a 2015 DaVinci Troy Carbon. While I've had fun on every one, the Troy and similar new bikes is/are absolutely amazing to ride. Even between '11 and '15 bikes changed substantially in terms of geometry, and wheel size. Upgrading parts on your old bike wouldn't help how dated the frame, stem, bar width, brakes or wheel size are.

You can get a decent deal on a used bike, I see many 1 or 2 year old carbon bikes that were $5K - $7K going for 1.5K - 2.5K. If you're patient you can find ones that have not been ridden hard. From my personal experience on the DaVinci frames, which have a lifetime warranty, they can handle a tonne of abuse. Here is an example where many expected the frame would have snapped: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2aqKyuAwfA

If you're not into racing or keeping up with 20 year olds, you don't need a carbon bike with a fancy drive train. A newer aluminum frame bike with base model components would still be an incredible upgrade from your existing. Brakes would be the only exception that I would personally recommend spending extra money on.

Lots of good info on these topics and used bikes for sale on www.pinkbike.com

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#426579 - 09/13/17 06:44 PM Re: Like Want & Need [Re: MatManhasgone]
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I couldn't help myself. I stopped by one of my LBS and ended up taking a look at the Cannondale Cujo 1. They had the 2017 model but just not in my size of fame. But it looked to be quite a nice looking bike and not much more expensive than the Norco.

Then I went online and the 2018 are listed. That takes all that last years model had, but put on a better sized rim that won't weigh quite so much, and is better sized for 2.8" tires. Added on a dropper seat and upped to shimano SLX/XT group set. Now I am sold.
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#426583 - 09/14/17 08:41 PM Re: Like Want & Need [Re: MatManhasgone]
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And then I took the 2017 for a ride and didn't think much to it. The bike sort of felt dead like I couldn't feel connected to what i was riding on. I did try a 29er and that felt much better but I am not yet convinced. Back to the drawing board and not knowing what I really want.
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#426593 - 09/16/17 10:30 PM Re: Like Want & Need [Re: MatManhasgone]
chesseroo Offline
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Well if this is the thread to air one's desires inevitably and heartlessly killed by the reality of financial limitations, then crap, i'm in.

Let's see, visited Axiom over the July long weekend (again thank you Ian, very gracious and always fun!).
Was there to audition the LFR series speakers to replace the M60 Tis in the media room. Want them for the larger soundstage to help with the left/right pull of a placement limitation with the M60s although realistically this is a small thing, not noticeable all the time (say, 10-15% improvement possibly if i were to put a number to it).
Can't get them at this time though (had to settle for a used Axiom Air for now) because oh, let's see, in the course of the past 12 months we've needed to replace (or have done):
  • Furnace
  • AC
  • Windows (some)
  • TV (one died so main floor unit moved upstairs and new main floor Sony was bought...not OLED as i was hoping to get, prices haven't come down enough, tech hasn't progressed enough)
  • Honda CRV (old one got written off when it was rear ended)
  • Wine cellar AC
  • Fireplace chimney
  • Needed radon mitigation
  • Dog needs surgery (upcoming this week)

Know i'm missing a few things at least including several appliance part replacements (bought the parts myself and did the repair but damn, $50 for a stupid washing machine plastic handle???). Since the list got so long i've lost track.
Essentially over $50k spent (or will be) in the last 12 months in NEEDED expenses (small exception for the new tv which is a luxury item still).
The damn LFRs will have to wait.



Edited by chesseroo (09/16/17 10:31 PM)
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#426598 - 09/17/17 01:34 AM Re: Like Want & Need [Re: MatManhasgone]
brwsaw Offline
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Lol
Wine cellar AC
Congrats
Lol
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#426608 - 09/17/17 10:21 PM Re: Like Want & Need [Re: brwsaw]
chesseroo Offline
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Originally Posted By brwsaw
Lol
Wine cellar AC
Congrats
Lol

Well we've had it for 12 years now, can't just up and let the wine go south now can we?
It was actually one of the least expensive replacements in the list, though i did have to do some masonry and carpentry to fix up the wall as the new unit was smaller than the previous one.


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#426609 - 09/17/17 11:20 PM Re: Like Want & Need [Re: MatManhasgone]
brwsaw Offline
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Loc: Canada
Lol its all good.
Wine doesn't hang around too long around here.
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