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RFD Cycling Thread [OFFICIAL]

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Newbie
Mar 13, 2006
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You have done the easy part. You have invested in your new bike.

Now get on Strava with us with the Red Flag Deals group. And show us what you can do with your new bike

We will be waiting to see you there.Smiling Face With Open Mouth

neonic wrote: ↑
Picked up today! it's beautiful.

Didn't take pictures on the way, but took some here at home:

http://imgur.com/a/72HFY

I've swapped saddle and seat post with my fixie's (as I took its pedals, won't ride anyways...) - it's a Specialized Carbon Fact seatpost and Planet X Superlight Team Saddle (Titanium rails)
Jr. Member
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Feb 25, 2003
153 posts
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Vancouver
warpdrive wrote:
May 13th, 2017 6:03 pm
MEC only has discounts end of year on some of their bikes, the only other way is to be in a bicycle or sports club that offers discounts on MEC stuff

example: http://accvancouver.ca/mec-discount-night-may-12th/
or get to know someone who works there or get a part time job there yourself, staff discount is 25% off lowest price.
Sr. Member
Sep 6, 2010
747 posts
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Waterloo
Need to get my MTB tuned up and a flat checked (deflates completely after 4-5 hours if left alone, but somehow still OK after riding for ~3h). Located DT Toronto and am thinking of either MEC or Gears @ Canary District - any preferences between the 2, or another shop close by?
Newbie
Jun 3, 2016
5 posts
Any recommendations for a full suspension trail mountain bike under $2000? I had been looking at both the 2017 Giant Stance 2 $1699 or the Marin Hawk Hill $1799. I missed the royal distributing no tax sale on the Marin and may wait until the next sale unless a better deal is available, opinions?
Deal Guru
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Mar 6, 2003
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Ottawa
vermit25 wrote:
May 16th, 2017 1:28 pm
How does this GT Aggressor Comp at Sportchek:
https://www.sportchek.ca/product/332215273.html

Compare with

Giant's Talon 3:
http://www.gianttoronto.com/en-ca/bikes ... 86/100804/
the Karakoram would be more comparable to the giant....hydraulic brakes, Altus, and Suntour fork with lockout..but you get 29'er wheels....pretty good deal if you can combine it with other Sportcheck discount such as no tax

https://www.sportchek.ca/categories/dea ... 33524.html
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Aug 8, 2010
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GTA
warpdrive wrote:
May 16th, 2017 1:37 pm
the Karakoram would be more comparable to the giant....hydraulic brakes, Altus, and Suntour fork with lockout..but you get 29'er wheels....pretty good deal if you can combine it with other Sportcheck discount such as no tax

https://www.sportchek.ca/categories/dea ... 33524.html
But at 5'4" I feel a 29'er would be a bit much.
And was trying to stay close to $400. Is there a big difference in the 2 bikes I posted?
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vermit25 wrote:
May 16th, 2017 1:55 pm
But at 5'4" I feel a 29'er would be a bit much.
And was trying to stay close to $400. Is there a big difference in the 2 bikes I posted?
I would say the hydraulic brakes and the fork that has lockout are big pluses for the Giant. But nothing wrong with the GT either if you have to stick in that price range.
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Aug 8, 2010
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warpdrive wrote:
May 16th, 2017 2:03 pm
I would say the hydraulic brakes and the fork that has lockout are big pluses for the Giant. But nothing wrong with the GT either if you have to stick in that price range.
Oh yes I forgot about the lockout, considering I'll be doing a fair bit of riding on paved trails.
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Nov 21, 2007
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Kitchener
Loud12 wrote:
May 15th, 2017 9:48 pm
Any recommendations for a full suspension trail mountain bike under $2000? I had been looking at both the 2017 Giant Stance 2 $1699 or the Marin Hawk Hill $1799. I missed the royal distributing no tax sale on the Marin and may wait until the next sale unless a better deal is available, opinions?
The Giant seems decent on paper, but you should try to ride as many bikes as you can, as that will be the true test of what feels best. There should be lots of demo days coming up at many trail systems.

I really like my 2014 Kona Precept DL. Not terrible components and shares geometry with their higher end Process line up. The new ones would be under $2k for the entry level, but I'd push to the 130 to get into a better fork and shock, as well moving to better front and rear mech plus 2 x 10 instead of 3 x 9 drivetrain. Going 2 x 10 is worth the extra on it's own.

What trails are you riding regularly? Is full suspension going to be a necessity? I recently added a Kona Wozo to my stable, and my full suspension bike has sat unused every since. The hard tail does just fine. I'm looking at adding a plus size wheel set for summer instead of the fat tires, and might end up selling the Precept.
Newbie
Jun 3, 2016
5 posts
Thanks for the reply. I'll be riding the Hydrocut, Turkey point etc. All the bikes I have recently ridden/rented are full suspension. I rather make the investment up front, rather than buy again to upgrade.
Member
Jan 16, 2011
267 posts
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Toronto
Hello there, looking for suggestion on something to get back into cycling leisure ride along bike paths, nothing offroad, easy on the budget.

Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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Nov 21, 2007
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Kitchener
Loud12 wrote:
May 17th, 2017 4:33 pm
Thanks for the reply. I'll be riding the Hydrocut, Turkey point etc. All the bikes I have recently ridden/rented are full suspension. I rather make the investment up front, rather than buy again to upgrade.
Hydrocut is my local trail system. I'm lucky enough to live 5 minutes away, so I'm usually there 3 or more times a week. I just bought my wife a bike for mothers day and the local giant dealer said they'd be having a demo day on the 24th. Lots of brands other than Giant as well.
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Oct 2, 2005
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I was looking at a few options for bikes but I am a bit confused on what to look for. I know the basics but maybe someone has a suggestion on some options I was looking at.

Diamondback Overdrive Comp 29 ($1035)

https://www.diamondback.com/overdrive-comp-210775

Diamondback Overdrive Pro 29 ($1360)

https://www.diamondback.com/mountain-bi ... ive-pro-29#

Airborne Seeker ($1335)

https://airbornebicycles.com/collection ... cts/seeker

I also looked at the Fantom 29 Pro but they dont have my size in stock and no plans to get it anytime soon.
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mot ... ro_xii.htm

Any other suggestions? I am going to the USA in a few weeks for work so I can pick one up (or shipped). Prices are CAD plus duty which will be like 50-90 more. (less for the first bike)

I cant find anything even close to these even used on kijiji. What would you choose on a +/- 1400$ budget.
Jr. Member
Jan 7, 2017
103 posts
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Hamilton
Looking to get a repair stand... should I just bite the bullet and get a Park Tool PCS-9 from MEC? Sounds like the best value with the free shipping at $199; any other suggestions?

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