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May 10, 2022, 12:22 p.m. -  mmayo

There's so many great "complete" hardtails sold that sacrifice too much in the fork department for this part of the world, IMO. I get why they do it -- it's a volume bike that had to be positioned globally and hit a price point -- but for us here in the PNW the resulting experience is defined by fear and buyer's remorse..  HT is one of the few categories left in bikes where buying a frame and building it up is probably the way to go.   I do think this is a big part of understanding the "value" of a higher-end build like the Knolly, Chromag, etc.  You don't have to immediately start replacing parts. First ride impressions matter! Let's go ride in Bend, Pete!

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