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Hi all,

 

I have a friend who has decided to get himself a MTB and start joining us on the trails.

His budget is between R25-30k and he is looking for a dual suspension bike; more trail riding type setup than XC.

 

He was asking me if I know of any bicycle shops that would be willing to offer/make available demo bikes to test at a riding area somewhere? Because riding in the parking lot is not the same as the dirt.

 

I couldn't answer him; hence this post  ;-)

 

Anybody know of shops in the greater Cape Town area that can do this?

 

 

 

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Hi all,

 

I have a friend who has decided to get himself a MTB and start joining us on the trails.

His budget is between R25-30k and he is looking for a dual suspension bike; more trail riding type setup than XC.

 

He was asking me if I know of any bicycle shops that would be willing to offer/make available demo bikes to test at a riding area somewhere? Because riding in the parking lot is not the same as the dirt.

 

I couldn't answer him; hence this post  ;-)

 

Anybody know of shops in the greater Cape Town area that can do this?

Also check the Silverback Stratos AL range.  It's a XC/trail bike.

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Revolution Cycles and Stoke Suspension both have some demo bikes AFIK. And both are also very knowledgeable about non XCO/XCM bikes as well, unlike most other shops I have encountered who seem to think an XCO bike is a good all round bike and not a race specific bike.

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Haha@ Longwheelbase

 

Underachiever: I work in Stellies, so will pop in their tomorrow, thanks

 

sywurm: Strange, I sent him an email with info, pricing from bike addict and a thread on here on that exact same bike earlier today  ;-)  You still happy with yours?  

 

thermopage   :thumbup:

 

 

I also said he shouldn't throw away "new" used bikes"

 

What are your thoughts on this one?

 

https://bikehub.co.za/classifieds/item/dual-suspension-bikes/388092/silverback-slider-2

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Haha@ Longwheelbase

 

Underachiever: I work in Stellies, so will pop in their tomorrow, thanks

 

sywurm: Strange, I sent him an email with info, pricing from bike addict and a thread on here on that exact same bike earlier today  ;-)  You still happy with yours?  

 

thermopage   :thumbup:

 

 

I also said he shouldn't throw away "new" used bikes"

 

What are your thoughts on this one?

 

https://bikehub.co.za/classifieds/item/dual-suspension-bikes/388092/silverback-slider-2

It be 27.5....... your call

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I'm sure Flandria in Stellies will be more than willing to help.

 

Second that. In fact, I got the ideal bike, after riding various brands Flandria suggested/loaned to me.

 

I also know/experienced that Specialized branch in Stellenbosch also do the same thing. They even have a small test trail (with table tops and berms) alongside the shop. Not sure if they still do it but buyers can ride a bike on the Blaauwklippen farm behind the shop.

 

Although not a bike shop, Dirtopia (outside Stellenbosch, at Delvera farm) and Ride-In (a bike coffee shop near Jonkershoek) also have a wide range of bikes that one can rent for a day.

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Haha@ Longwheelbase

 

Underachiever: I work in Stellies, so will pop in their tomorrow, thanks

 

sywurm: Strange, I sent him an email with info, pricing from bike addict and a thread on here on that exact same bike earlier today  ;-)  You still happy with yours?  

 

thermopage   :thumbup:

 

 

I also said he shouldn't throw away "new" used bikes"

 

What are your thoughts on this one?

 

https://bikehub.co.za/classifieds/item/dual-suspension-bikes/388092/silverback-slider-2

 

Reasonable bike, but overpriced and under specced IMO...

There's a Banshee Spitfire going, 140mm rear travel and the fork you can change to 140 or 150 or 160, whatever suits ya. Great bikes, and owner wants a touch more, but the spec is FAR superior to that Silverback.

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Hi guys, thank you very much for all the info to date.

Top contender at the moment is a Silverback Stratos AL 3 going for R25k with following specs:

 

 

Fork

Fork Rockshox Recon RL, 29", Maxle lte BOOST 15 X 110MM Axle, SOLO AIR, 120MM

Wheels

Hubs SUNRingle sealed bearing hubs Rims Surface 29", 23mm, 32H

Rear Shock

Rear shock RS DELUXE RT 210X47.5 DEBONAIR 2

Frame

Frame New Stratos asymmetric Hydro formed 6061 Alloy. 120mm travel, Boost 148mm. tapered headtube.

Rear Derailleur

SX Eagle

Shifters

SX Eagle

Brakes

Shimano MT200 Hydraulic Disc brakes, 180mm F / 160mm R

Crankset

Crankset SRAM FC X1 Eagle BOOST, 148 Dub, 32t

Cassette

SX Eagle 11-50t

Seatpost

Surface Dropper Post, 125mm S, 150mm M/L/XL

Handlebar

Surface Alloy Butted, 31.8mm, 9deg backsweep, 5deg rise, 780mm width

Saddle

Surface Race, Cr-Mo Rails

Tyres

Maxxis Crossmark 29 x 2.25" EXO, TR, Front and rear

 

 

Now, a new contender has entered the ring:Giant Stance 2 @ R26,900.

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/za/stance-29-2-2020

Although no dropper and what I think is a heavier and more entry level shock - ??

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/za/stance-29-2-2020

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Hi guys, thank you very much for all the info to date.

Top contender at the moment is a Silverback Stratos AL 3 going for R25k with following specs:

 

 

Fork

Fork Rockshox Recon RL, 29", Maxle lte BOOST 15 X 110MM Axle, SOLO AIR, 120MM

Wheels

Hubs SUNRingle sealed bearing hubs Rims Surface 29", 23mm, 32H

Rear Shock

Rear shock RS DELUXE RT 210X47.5 DEBONAIR 2

Frame

Frame New Stratos asymmetric Hydro formed 6061 Alloy. 120mm travel, Boost 148mm. tapered headtube.

Rear Derailleur

SX Eagle

Shifters

SX Eagle

Brakes

Shimano MT200 Hydraulic Disc brakes, 180mm F / 160mm R

Crankset

Crankset SRAM FC X1 Eagle BOOST, 148 Dub, 32t

Cassette

SX Eagle 11-50t

Seatpost

Surface Dropper Post, 125mm S, 150mm M/L/XL

Handlebar

Surface Alloy Butted, 31.8mm, 9deg backsweep, 5deg rise, 780mm width

Saddle

Surface Race, Cr-Mo Rails

Tyres

Maxxis Crossmark 29 x 2.25" EXO, TR, Front and rear

 

 

Now, a new contender has entered the ring:Giant Stance 2 @ R26,900.

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/za/stance-29-2-2020

Although no dropper and what I think is a heavier and more entry level shock - ??

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/za/stance-29-2-2020

If I may, Why the stance over the trance?

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