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Best smiles/dollar bike you've ever bought?

Oct. 16, 2020, 9:33 p.m.
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Joined: Feb. 24, 2017

Posted by: J.Stubb

Interesting thread for me. Until 2015 I had only really had dh bikes when I bought a 2015 Norco Range. Having a capable "enduro" style bike opened up a lot of riding for me and the Range has turned out to be great bike for me. I've been smashing that bike for 5 years now and thinking about upgrading but the prices of new bikes have me a little gun shy. I've noticed the new Status and been thinking it might be one of those high performing smiles\dollar bikes. They're decently spec'd for around $3600 cdn. As opposed to 7k for a Santa Cruz.

2010 Range was a game changer for me. Loved that bike. I have helped quite a few of my friends find deals on used ranges, and it has worked out well for all of them.

Oct. 18, 2020, 10:06 a.m.
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Joined: Dec. 6, 2008

A 2015 Specialized Fatboy fat bike that my wife bought me for Christmas five years ago. It was $2,000 at the time.

I mostly use the Fatboy for winter commuting, but it's also taken me on many snowy adventures both solo and with friends.

At this point the geometry is out-of-date, but I don't care. This, my first fat bike has always been fun, reliable and versatile.

Oct. 19, 2020, 11:51 p.m.
Posts: 779
Joined: June 29, 2006

I´d enter my 250$ commuter bike which carried my around thousands of traffic jams. 

But really, smiles per $$$, my 5000$ Raaw Madonna made me giggle and smile with happiness so often during the last two years that I have to credit it with the best smile/$ ratio. Even though it´s a lot of money. It just rides THAT fantastic and really makes me smile when I just THINK about my last rides on it.

Oct. 21, 2020, 3:41 a.m.
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Joined: Nov. 24, 2002

That is a tough one for me. I was thinking about my very first steel hardtail from Austrian company Katarga with a RS Quadra R all those years ago. But I clearly remember the underwhelmed feeling I had when taking that fork for aproper local singletrack ride, I was thinking how lame the fork actually was right from the start, that changed with the Mrz Jr T on a Nicolai Lambda FR I had to sell as a student. That was one fun machine....but I was not really ready, riding and skill wise.

Right now, I think it is either my still-running 26" Stylus (I LOVE that bike) - or the Kona Operator I am using as my park bike, I would have never guessed that modern geo would change and impact riding that much. Holy cow. 

Now I am really curious at getting a new hardtail and enjoy that future grin even more.

Oct. 21, 2020, 12:47 p.m.
Posts: 1608
Joined: April 25, 2003

Like a lot of folks, my pic for this bike is My Cross-Check.

It's toured India and Central America.

It's raced cross.

It's been my winter road bike.

It's been the kiddy/cargo trailer hauler.

Now it has a wide flat bar and it's basically a 90's mountain bike with big skinny wheels and it's one of the funnest bikes I've ridden in a long time, modern mountain (and moped) bikes included.

I sold the first one I had, I won't be doing that with this one unless I have a disc-compatible one waiting in the wings.  Although something about the Cross-Check just makes rim brakes and parts outta the "collection" seems like the better choice than the "better" part.

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