Friend looking for a basic 29er, size large (or big medium)

Discussion in 'Pay It Forward' started by Cyclotourist, Aug 25, 2017.



  1. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Gunnar Rockhound 29
    Hey there, my friend Doug lives in Irvine, and is an avid cyclist and tourer. He's looking to spend more time on the dirt, which I think we can all agree is a good thing! He has a cool old 26" MTB, but wants to try a modern 29er and see what the fuss is all about. Wondering if anybody has just such a bike they were thinking about selling? He's in the $600-800 range, and doesn't mind used, but is looking more at new closeout stuff. I'm trying to get him to the Deore or SLX/Rockshox level, but at his price most everything is X5 or X7/Suntour. This for example would be a great bike for him, but just a touch outside his price range: https://www.rei.com/product/109590/ghost-kato-5-27529-bike-2017
    Any suggestions for a good off the shelf 29er sitting somewhere collecting dust?
     
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  2. mike

    mike MTB Addict

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    Mike O
    I saw a L El Mar with gears and squish fork for 850 on Pinkbike today.
     
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  3. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
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    David
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  4. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

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    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
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    It is going to take some time and patience to find a great deal in that price range. If he was willing to drop $1200, the door would be wide open.
     
  5. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Gunnar Rockhound 29
    Yeah, agreed. But working with what he's got!

    So what's the deal w/ those Suntour forks on the cheaper bikes... they half way decent? Heavy but work sort of things?
     
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  6. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl MTB Addict

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    Name:
    Dan
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    We have a SC Highball, 2014 model that my boss wants gone. Its above his price range. But you can keep it in mind if all else fails. IMG_3660.JPG
     
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  7. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
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    David
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    Well I think that would be great, but it is above where he's at.

    Where is this at, I'll point him in that direction!
     
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  8. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
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    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    The Suntour forks I have had experience with were of poor quality.
     
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  9. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk Well-Known Member

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    Name:
    Josh
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    N+1
    Talk him into staying on his bike until he saves more money?
     
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  10. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl MTB Addict

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    Its at the shop I work at. I know the price is high but the shop wants it gone and I am sure something can be worked out. Oh, I live in Bakersfield, so it might be a drive.
     
  11. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Gunnar Rockhound 29
    Will let him know... Cash talks!!!
    Thanks for the lead!
     
  12. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
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    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Gunnar Rockhound 29
    I figured... seems like RS is pretty much the minimum quality.

    Yeah, really!!!

    That Ghost he's looking at isn't too shabby a bike. Deore/XT 2X10 drivetrain, RS XC30 shock. Wheels kinda junky, but can't be picky for less than a grand. Geometry looks pretty typical XC, nothing really aggressive on it. I don't know if it's Chinese or Taiwanese built frame. Probably China at that price point.
     
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  13. mike

    mike MTB Addict

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  14. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
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    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Gunnar Rockhound 29
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  15. riiz

    riiz Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Redlands, CA
    Name:
    Eric
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Heckler/Killmaleon
    http://konaworld.com/mahuna.cfm

    Here is a much better example of "Modern 29er Geometry", fork will be stiffer than an XC30 and plusher, because it is coil-sprung. But at this price range, suspension and wheels will be sub-par, and if your buddy likes mountain biking, upgrade them.

    Btw, the older 2017 model is $750
     
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  16. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
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    David
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    Will forward him this!
    Path is a local dealer for him, so he can throw a leg over. He went in there and was ignored recently... I think that's partially why he's drawn to REI.
    :(
     
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  17. jaime

    jaime MTB Addict

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    @Cyclotourist hey David I found this awesome deal... Its on jensons website
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  18. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Gunnar Rockhound 29
    The price is right!!!!
     
  19. bpacifica

    bpacifica New Member

    Name:
    bill
    A friend has a Specialized '09 29er, FSR, , brain, very nice condition, I believe a large. Could probably get for $800.. just a guess. Maybe less? San Clemente.
     
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  20. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Gunnar Rockhound 29
    Thanks for posting the lead! He's backed off a bit from the new bike, but still thinking about it. I think he was really close to getting the Ghost 27.5 bike (medium) from REI. But life happens, so he didn't get it yet. I'm still working on him though!

    I'd like to see him get this right now, and am gently prodding, as it seems like a pretty cool ride: https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/bik/d/scott-scale-730-plus-2017/6312916868.html

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  21. muni

    muni Well-Known Member

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  22. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Gunnar Rockhound 29
    Yes, that looks like a good one! I like the color also! But he's gotta' decide!!! I like the idea of the plus sized wheels, but he might hate that, coming from a 26" rigid bike. Or may love it!!!
     
  23. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Gunnar Rockhound 29
    Thanks for all the input, MTB collective! My buddy went ahead and picked up the medium 27.5 Ghost @ REI. They were having end of season sale, plus member one time $100 coupon on it, so he picked it up for $700. Can't beat that! I hope he's able to get some hours in on it in the wilds of Orange County!!! I'll recommend he start using Tailwind(s) as well!!!


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