I just bought a carbon Instinct 50. It is not the BC edition but I'm running 2.5's on it and I think it's perfect. I am loving it so far. Since the 19 models are out, you can get a screaming deal on an 18 and they didn't change a thing. I paid right in the middle of your price range for a brand new bike a month ago.If you were to buy a bike with a budget of 3-4k what would you buy? I am thinking a Rocky Instinct Alloy 50 BC edition, the Scott Ransom 920, or a used 2017 Firebird 27.5. I should probably be on an XL.
I am currently on a Scott Genius that I have added a Fox 36 fork running at 160mm. I am not planning on selling my genius but keeping it as a loaner bike.
Does he have a link for the his Spot? I would need an XL for sure!I'd buy a used spot rollik 607. My buddy has a med and an xl for $3500.
Pivots run longer than a lot of other bikes (might be a good thing). Those rocky mountains are cool.
other bikes i love in that price range:
- used pivot switchblade
- used ibis mojo 3 or hd4
- evil wreckining or calling or offering (i'd get the calling or possibly the offering)
- spot mayhem 509
All the other bikes i like on paper are over $4k and too new (sb130, sb150, and firebird 29)
Ill bet santa cruz comes out with a LT 29er soon with bronson/nomad linkage.
I don't claim to be any sort of expert in the matter... But I have demo'd a handful of shorter travel bikes (120-130mm 650b). And I actually have had the opposite feeling as you described. I like the feeling of being outgunned a little. Being bucked around on a trail when my normal bike soaks it up a little more. Could just be the change of pace, who knows, but I always have more fun. Wheelies, popping over random rocks, etc.I feel like these bigger bikes are like driving a lifted Jeep, over kill for most trails around here but there are times I am sure glad to have it when things get hairy.
I agree! I don't know if it is really possible with them being a D2C company.That canyon looks awesome, I'd love to throw a leg over it and see if a 170mm can really climb like an xc bike!
I agree! I have worried about that big of bike holding back my skill development, but I find myself having more fun each ride and see my times getting faster on Strava segments. I do find myself waiting for my riding friends longer and more frequently... so that's neat!X2 on what ben said. Also, in my mind, there are definitely some awful bikes in the $3k price range.
Itll all depend on your skill level, terrain, teails you ride, and what feel you like. Enduro bikes are super fun... when the trail points downhill steeply. For everyday riding, they're way more bike than most people need. Id say 15% of the trails i ride warrant an enduro bike, and the other 85% would be great on my hardtail or a 130mm 29er. My rollik is great, and it's my favorite bike, but most enduro bikes hold a lot of riders back from progressing skill-wise.
A really fun bike for all round riding is an evil following mb (its kinda heavy and isnt the nest climber, but it's fun). Also, a really good hardtail woth awesome geo is so much fun. I had a blast riding my chameleon on ahab.
What do you like about it? Where did you pick it up at?I just bought a carbon Instinct 50. It is not the BC edition but I'm running 2.5's on it and I think it's perfect. I am loving it so far. Since the 19 models are out, you can get a screaming deal on an 18 and they didn't change a thing. I paid right in the middle of your price range for a brand new bike a month ago.
I bought it at Utah mountaining biking in Lehi. Mike there is great to work with.What do you like about it? Where did you pick it up at?