Discussion in 'Demo Events' started by Derkderkall, Oct 5, 2017.
Demo events ? I was thinking might be a good idea to have one, then we can update as needed.
It would be a good idea. I love breaking OTHER people's stuff (instead of my own)!
But most demos have a "you break it, you buy it," policy. That's why they swipe your c/c...I assume.
Nah, that's in case you steal it. Unless the fine print in the waiver you sign contains a paragraph about damage or breakage, they can no more make you buy it than Home Depot can make you buy a box of light bulbs that gets dropped while inspecting.
They have a liability waiver to try and keep you from being a dick on their equipment. But honestly, I ride demo stuff the same as my own stuff, real damn hard! I still have a climbing KOM at Sycamore from a Pivot demo a couple of years ago
I've done a number of demos, usually at events and haven't given a CC.
Usually just sign a waiver, often on a tablet now.
For Turner, they just gave me a bike to use; and when I brought it back they said I didn't ride it long enough.
I don't demo. My wallet isn't thick enough.
I did a demo with Intense, rode a Primer. I think I just needed a DL???
Hmm maybe why yours are always broke!
Turner in Temecula is the best for demos. Trails right out of the shop, no charge, straight scoop from the source, set up in advance.
I think most bike shops put their rental/demo cost toward your purchase. Kind of dangerous, but you can try what you want without waiting for season-dependent mfr demo tours. When serious, I'd rather pay for a demo/rental than scrap with a bunch of mooks for a free demo on too short a ride. Seriously, elbowing in or waiting for the bike you want to ride sucks, and I've been snaked after waiting as well. F that crap.
I must be a freak. I've bought every bike I own(ed) on a parking lot ride and haven't missed yet.
Well, possibly, but probably not the only one.
I've pretty much bought every bike I've ever owned site unseen... even a parking lot ride about won't tell me much I feel. Yep, feels good riding in a circle on flat asphalt. Doesn't translate too well onto trails! Luckily I've never really been burnt... worst case I don't like a bike I resell it.
I mean this in the kindest possible way - you're not very picky. You don't care about suspension. You seem to simply require a bike that fits and functions. (That's a compliment.)
A parking lot test will suffice in that case.
I can see a HT being a safer bet with a parking lot ride or sight unseen. The more squish bikes you've ridden and owned, and the more emphasis put on descending, the more you know (or need to know) what you want. Or something like that...
Foes and Ethos components is having a demo on Friday the 13th on Mt.Pinos. you get to do the McGill trail in the dark. Grizzly cycles is putting it on.
Great Idea, Let's do this!!
@Mikie Can the thread title be changed to make this a listing of upcoming demos and reviews from them? At least until we get derailed.
Because I ride my bike like a dick?
Nope, Dave beat me by a matter of seconds at the Grizzly100! Screw that guy for actually riding what he sells!
I test rode my first good bike. But my standard was an 18s Raleigh rigid 26" and a 40 pound $400 26" HT. So a $5000 MSRP bike of ANYTHING was good!
XC bike I rode in a Rim Nordic race. Didn't really like it, wasn't set up right for me, too large...but I bought it on clearance and now love it (still too big though).
Enduro I just looked at and said "I want that one!"
I know many shops let you demo for a price, my intention for this thread is free events by shops/brands.
For instance there will be a Kona demo hosted by the path on Nov 4.
3055 Tabuco Canyon Rd., Trabuco Canyon, CA 92769
Great chance to try the new 29er and carbon process 153!
Did you one better. Created a Forum for it so it won’t get lost...
That's just the kinda' guy you are!
The one I mentioned is free
This post started as a suggestion for a thread, and ended up with its own dedicated section. If only everything in life was this easy to obtain.