Michigan Mountain Biking Association
dirt wrote:The Salsa Spearfish is a great 29er FS for Michigan type trails.
The Spearfish 2 falls right into your price range, with the Spearfish 1 being a bit more then $3K.
jsj wrote: I will likely go 29er, just because I don't want to swim against the tide
mtbfree wrote:jsj wrote: I will likely go 29er, just because I don't want to swim against the tide
I sincerely hope this isn't the only reason you're going 29er.
Putting that aside, though, there is some great advice in the replies above. Also, make sure you test ride before you buy to make sure that FS will actually solve your lower back problems (it's not a guarantee). Go to a shop that will let you test ride some bikes on REAL TRAILS. Don't take a spin around the parking lot and expect that to give you a good feel for the bike.
If your test rides on full suspension still leave you with a sore back, you might be better off investing that $3000 in physical therapy.
Di_bear wrote:Yup. My back pain needed chiropractic care, massage therapy, and a foam roller.
Someone asked me what I thought of FS two days after I first bought it. I said, "I don't know. It just feels so different." He said, "Give it a week." After a week, I loved it. So, I second the need to try it on *real* trails. You also need to make sure it's set up properly. Rebound is huge.
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