Time To Buy Another Bike?

Postby Stevo45 on Wed 30th Oct 11:41pm

Hey guys,

So I’ve had my Kona Kikapu for about 17 years now and for the most part it does everything I need of it, I mainly ride gravel service roads and bush tracks, I do not jump.

Currently there’s a few spokes missing and I need to buy a bike tool kit but I’m wondering if I should just buy a secondhand full suspension mountain bike.

I’ve been looking on trademe and there are quite a few going, perhaps a 2016 model? My budget is up to $1000 and I want a bike that will last just as long as my Kona has, it doesn’t have to be carbon frame. And I like the sound of a 1x gear set, no dramas on gear changing..

Any suggestions? should I try one out or can anyone suggest a good make / model? I’m 5’10 95kg

I’m out west Auckland

Kind regards

Stephen
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Re: Time To Buy Another Bike?

Postby Velocipedestrian on Fri 1st Nov 3:17pm

Try some out to get a feel for new geometry, then look at the second hand versions.
Things have changed.

Also. N+1
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Re: Time To Buy Another Bike?

Postby swtchbckr on Fri 1st Nov 3:35pm

S-1
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Re: Time To Buy Another Bike?

Postby Velocipedestrian on Fri 1st Nov 5:08pm

swtchbckr wrote:S-1

But how many is that? It's so much harder to calculate.
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Re: Time To Buy Another Bike?

Postby shmoodiver on Sat 2nd Nov 8:31pm

Velocipedestrian wrote:
swtchbckr wrote:S-1

But how many is that? It's so much harder to calculate.


just keep buying till you find out?
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Re: Time To Buy Another Bike?

Postby Velocipedestrian on Sun 3rd Nov 1:43pm

shmoodiver wrote:
Velocipedestrian wrote:
swtchbckr wrote:S-1

But how many is that? It's so much harder to calculate.


just keep buying till you find out?

Safely calculate.
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Re: Time To Buy Another Bike?

Postby Conners on Mon 4th Nov 9:08am

Velocipedestrian wrote:Try some out to get a feel for new geometry, then look at the second hand versions.
Things have changed.

Having just moved on my 12 year old mtb, I concur that things have changed - a lot.

Sure, there is nothing that I can ride on my new bike that I couldn't on the old but there is a whole different feeling in terms of stability which is really confidence inspiring.
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Re: Time To Buy Another Bike?

Postby Stevo45 on Tue 5th Nov 9:38am

Thanks very much guys, what does S-1 and N+1 mean?
Yeah totally agree things have changed a lot, also this time I’d like something a bit more tailored to my needs as I’d like to get more pleasure from the experience.
Is there a bike park that will allow me to test a few models? Woodhill is the closest I assume? I’m in west Auckland.

Thanks again

Stephen
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Re: Time To Buy Another Bike?

Postby Velocipedestrian on Tue 5th Nov 1:53pm

N+1 = number of bikes owned + 1. This is the correct number of bikes to own.
S-1 = number of bikes which will result in separation from a partner - 1.
This is the limit to N+1.
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Re: Time To Buy Another Bike?

Postby Stevo45 on Tue 5th Nov 2:30pm

Ahh I see, I just want “one bike to rule them all”
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Re: Time To Buy Another Bike?

Postby Stevo45 on Mon 11th Nov 8:47pm

Hey Guys

trying to decide between

Avanti Competitor S1 ?2016?
Kona Precept DL ?2014?
Giant anthem 27.5 2014 model
Specialsed Camber FSR 29er 2014..

any ideas as to the best bike..?

Cheers
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Re: Time To Buy Another Bike?

Postby Stevo45 on Tue 12th Nov 3:39pm

Anyone..? I’m about to spend money...
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Re: Time To Buy Another Bike?

Postby Velocipedestrian on Tue 12th Nov 4:55pm

Not my preferred style of bike, but choose the one with the longest reach and slackest head angle - it'll be the most fun.
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Re: Time To Buy Another Bike?

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Tue 12th Nov 6:37pm

Velocipedestrian wrote:Not my preferred style of bike, but choose the one with the longest reach and slackest head angle - it'll be the most fun.


So everyone should be on XL bikes?
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Re: Time To Buy Another Bike?

Postby Conners on Wed 13th Nov 10:02am

Stevo45 wrote:Hey Guys

trying to decide between

Avanti Competitor S1 ?2016?
Kona Precept DL ?2014?
Giant anthem 27.5 2014 model
Specialsed Camber FSR 29er 2014..

any ideas as to the best bike..?

Cheers

Competitor is a hardtail vs the others being full sus - you need to make that call yourself for the kind of riding you're doing.

I'm a fan of Giant's in terms of bang for your buck. I rode an 07 Trance for a long long time, and from memory the 2014 Anthem would be similar in terms of geometry. Not super modern in terms of current geometry, but if you're mainly riding fire roads and a bit of singletrack I would say it would be fine.

While I've not ridden one, I would probably steer away from a 2014 full sus 29er (the Camber). It seems to me that 29er gemoetry (specifically fullys) has only really gotten dialled in over the last couple of years.
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