I own a GT Avalanche 2.0 hardtail and i have done some upgrades to it. I got new cranks Truvetiv Blaze with a ISIS bottom bracket in 175mm.Truvetiv Hussfelt Pedals(non clipless) also have Shimano M505 clipless, climbing bars,Bondrager seat and post. The bike is nice and I like it but I'm checking out full suspension bikes which after a few different conversations with bike shop techs, for the kind of riding I do, is the right kind of bike for me.
I'm really liking the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR series bikes. I tried out the Pro, the expert and comp. All these bikes where very nice. I like the hydraulic disc brakes.My bike has rim mechanical brakes which do work very well but the disc brakes seem much smoother and more controled.
My bike uses 2 different size tires. The back is a 26 x 1.95, the front sports a 26 x 2.1. talking to the techs, this was the idea for years. Control and handling was the idea behind the different sizes. Specialized don't agree with this anymore and make there own tires(another world I learned about on this quest).The bike I like has 26 x 2.0 front and rear but Specialized tire are a bit taller then most. They look really cool and look like they would help alot in certain trails.
Anyone ride a full suspension? After riding about 6 of them now, I'm convinced that they would benefit my riding alot.The FSR's are killer but I want to ride a few more different brands before I buy another bike. I tried out a Trek but I forget the model number. It was around 1800.00 or so. I'm trying to stay around or under 2 grand for my next bike. I'm no expert or serious rock down hiller so I don't see the reason to buy such a high end bike.But after riding a few bikes, I noticed the difference in the better shocks both frame and fork plus the Hydraulic disc brakes are now becoming a must for me. I love the feeling.Crankwise I love the Truvetiv Stylo external bearing. Damn they are smooth. You can feel the difference over internal bearing cranks.
I'm leaning towards this one.