Johnny_P wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:32 pm
I'm ready to blow my brains out with bike stuff. I'm so overwhelmed with life that I'm literally incapable of doing things like checking out bikes, talking to salespeople about what's in stock and pricing, etc. Full on overload. Too much stuff out there on the market, and prices are so high and bikes are so darn hard to sell used that it's a losing proposition. You should be able to get a ripper of a bike for $3k brand new. The Pivot 5.5 was great, but $6k for an outdated drivetrain isn't going to fly. Especially when you consider I used my MTB about 10 times last year, total. 95% of my riding was on my Macho Man.
I feel you there. Even though I have a nice MTB I've still at times found myself watching reviews and checking out new bike specs, which gets dangerous.
I have few complaints about the Trance, but one thing I have noticed after riding it more is that at times it feels too short, especially after being on my old 2008 26er. When I'm going up a decent grade and need to get my weight in front of the crank, I end up too far over the bars and have nearly gone over them a couple times while climbing if I hit a root or rock or something. 99% user error I'm sure, but then you read about how seat tube angles have gotten steeper to put the rider in a better pedaling position to climb while seated, and that bikes have gotten longer for more stability and more room in the bike while climbing out of the saddle and suddenly I think "shit, that sounds like what I want." I swear my old 26er has another 1.5" between the seat post and the head tube, PLUS a longer stem, and it feels totally comfortable. I get that the 2017+ Trance was Giant's first take a "modern" geometry bike, but it still seems way behind.
But to your point, I paid $3,000 for a $5,200 bike and would now be lucky to get $2,000 for it. Considering how little I ride, it's probably cost me $100/ride or more, which is insane, and the
is even more
if we're talking a new bike in the same price range.
But yeah, I think with the trails around here one of the newer short travel 120mm 29ers would be a better choice than a 140mm 27.5, but at this point I'm not doing jack shit.