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Old 07-18-2018, 10:45 AM   #8851
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Vendor that handles returned merchandise for businesses had it posted on eBay. It was discounted there, and eBay ran one of their 20% off coupons. Sadly they're sold out, as it was a good deal.

Hunt around. From my brief dabbling in all of this, bike folks seem to be way more concerned with "this year's" technology - stuff is expensive, and closeouts of last year's bikes and parts are significantly cheaper than anything "current".

It's kind of nuts... Bike people seem to throw money at things that makes motorcycling look extremely cheap in comparison. IMO for what is spent versus what is actually received, motorcycles represent a significantly better "deal" than anything bicycle related. For what people pay for top of the line full suspension carbon bikes, you could bring home a nice KTM 300. The market is so much larger, and people seem to be so much more willing to throw cash at products, that price vs value is ridiculously inflated.
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Old 08-05-2018, 06:00 PM   #8852
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I've been riding trails so much lately (3-4 times per week?) that I can't even remember the last time I rode a motorcycle. We have some really fun stuff around here that's (IMO) a lot more fun than OHV riding that is available.

I'm a little torn. Tempted to either sell the DR and find a better street bike, or else just throw on the SM tires and keep it set up for street.

Didn't expect this, but I'll be damned if I'm not having a ton of fun.
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Old 08-07-2018, 02:13 PM   #8853
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I've been riding trails so much lately (3-4 times per week?) that I can't even remember the last time I rode a motorcycle. We have some really fun stuff around here that's (IMO) a lot more fun than OHV riding that is available.

I'm a little torn. Tempted to either sell the DR and find a better street bike, or else just throw on the SM tires and keep it set up for street.

Didn't expect this, but I'll be damned if I'm not having a ton of fun.
Can you recommend some noobie trails? I plan on renting a hardtail to see how I enjoy MTB'ing before I buy one.
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Old 08-07-2018, 04:18 PM   #8854
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Can you recommend some noobie trails? I plan on renting a hardtail to see how I enjoy MTB'ing before I buy one.
There is all sorts of spectacular riding around San Jose. Go up Stevens Canyon to Montebelo. Ride Soquel Demonstration Forest. Come over here and ride Alum Rock Park.

Blah blah blah. Find someone who will take you for a ride on what they think is cool. Hit me up if you can't find anyone.
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Old 08-07-2018, 08:16 PM   #8855
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Can you recommend some noobie trails? I plan on renting a hardtail to see how I enjoy MTB'ing before I buy one.
I'm in North Carolina Great riding here (both motorcycles and bikes), but not so useful for giving you a recommendation.

I can say that I wasn't sure how I'd enjoy cycling. Looked slow, and a bit dull. In reality, it has been anything but. Great fun flying down narrow wooded technical trails at speed. I've also enjoyed very technical uphill sections that require a bit of trials skills to get up without putting a foot down. Different kind of challenge, but still satisfying. No regrets.
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Old 08-15-2018, 06:14 PM   #8856
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It's kind of nuts... Bike people seem to throw money at things that makes motorcycling look extremely cheap in comparison. IMO for what is spent versus what is actually received, motorcycles represent a significantly better "deal" than anything bicycle related. For what people pay for top of the line full suspension carbon bikes, you could bring home a nice KTM 300. The market is so much larger, and people seem to be so much more willing to throw cash at products, that price vs value is ridiculously inflated.
Meh, it's what brings you pleasure. I am saving up for a new SWorks Epic, MSRP of of $8500. I am hoping to get a Pro deal so I will be paying significantly less. But that is what I am saving for just in case. But a motorcycle is worthless to me. I only ride a motorcycle about once a year (not in two years currently) and even then it is at a 24 hour race where I ride someone else's bike. So paying any amount of money on a KTM300 is a total waste.

But I race mountain bikes as a Pro. So, that money is well worth it to me.

Now my "fun" MTB is an entry level Enduro, I didn't pay MSRP but it is $3200 and worth it to me.

Also plan to buy a left over SWorks Venge next year, that's a $10k road bike, but we'll see what kind of discount they offer then. But I also ride about 13,000 miles a year (I have 9000 so far this year), so an expensive road bike is a luxury, but also a luxury like a BMW is to a person who drives 30,000 miles a year and doesn't want to do it in a Toyota Corolla. I did just do a 125 mile, 10k' climbing road race for fun. I was 21st out of 200 something.

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Old 08-27-2018, 04:12 PM   #8857
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I understand your perspective - especially when it is your job... On a hobby level, sure - do what you love. Just seems that folks are more willing to pay for less technology with cycling stuff in general.

Speaking of hobby stuff... Took a trip to western NC this past weekend and rode around 25 miles of trails @ Dupont State Forest here in NC. Weather was great - ~70F at elevation, and no humidity. A little more fire road / forest service logging road connectors in this place than I'd like, but also some fantastic features on the trails. Not a lot of pictures of the rough stuff as I was enjoying riding it rather than photographing it.

Huge waterfall..



Some optional super narrow riverside single track, if you could even call it that.. (More like an actual goat trail.)



The views at the top of the runway...



Yep, actual (closed) runway.



Some very cool creek crossings.... A handful of these.



Typical NC trails...



Pine forests...



Mountain valley ponds...



Dinner plate sized fungus...



And a few more waterfalls...



Great way to spend a Saturday for sure. That said I'm definitely considering my options for a full suspension bike . I'm sure the frame can take it, but the fork on this hard tail wasn't meant for the sort of abuse I subjected it to on Saturday.
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