Posted by: FatBear
I talked to a local (Guangzhou) bike shop. They offered me a sweet deal on a Santa Cruz 5010 X01 and Chameleon package. They basically offered me a carbon chameleon as a bonus if I buy the 5010.
I’m thinking it might be worth it to buy here in China and ship em back home when I move back. It’ll let me cruise some of the very limited trails out this end of the earth
Any thoughts on the bikes, and the shipping home idea?
I will try to answer your question. I think it is silly to buy two 1st bikes at the same time. Also, buying those bikes means you are not only not buying from a local company you are also not buying from a local store. Something you said was important to you. Getting the bike you will want in 1-2 years right out of the gate is low. If you buy 2, you will probably have 2 bikes you want to replace in a year. The 5010 is not the bike most here would recommend for the shore. It is also silly to get a free hardtail bit get the wrong suspension bike.
Here is my advice to you:
1. Get a 29er.
2. Get something that has had the geometry updated in the last year or so. This will avoid FOMO
3. 150-170 front travel, 140-160 rear. If you are thinking you mostly want to ride blues, go for the lower end. If you want to work up to mostly blacks and doubles, go longer travel.
4. Don't look for something to handle bike park riding unless that is what you want to ride the majority of the time. Any shore bike can handle a few days in the park per year.
5. Spending over 5k on your first bike is probably excessive. You will break stuff. An xx1 rear derailleur is about 500 bucks. People's first bikes take a lot of wear and tear. I'm not saying buy crap, but spending over 5k will not buy you that much more performance and I can guarantee you that whatever you buy, you will be coveting something else within 6 months to a year.
6. If I was going to look at brands, norco, santacruz and knolly would be at the top of my list for a grade a aluminum learning bike for the well to do individual. I'd recommend something with decent suspension and brakes and a Shimano deore drivetrain.
That's my 2 cents. I don't follow my own advice, but that's after over 30 years of riding and figuring out what I like to ride. The fact that I don't follow my own advice is good reason to take it though. Whatever you start on will not be the last bike you buy. It will take you a little bit to figure out what you like and what turns your crank.