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Thread: Need advice! Trying to choose the right bike. Trek vs Scott vs Canyon.

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    Default Need advice! Trying to choose the right bike. Trek vs Scott vs Canyon.

    I'm currently in the phase of upgrading my ride, from my beloved Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert 26". After suffering an ACL rupture (currently at a month post surgery), I've had a lot of time to research and check out all of the bike porn out there. There are three bikes that stand out to me and I would love some advice from some of you who've had experience with them. I ride mostly single trail stuff broken down like this:
    Lysterfield - 25%
    Arthur's Seat - 50%
    You Yangs - 15%
    Mt Buller (Epic) - 10%

    I love the descents on all of the above mentioned, more than the XC/flatter stuff. To me, they're just a means to an end. I'm mostly ride anywhere from 10km to 25km, love technical descents, 2-3 feet drop offs, small tabletop jumps, rocky descents at speed. This bike is something to help my progression / confidence to take my riding to the next level. Specs on bikes don't bother me so much from off the shelf, as I'm more than willing to adapt to my liking once purchased.
    The bikes that stand out are as follows:

    Trek Remedy 9.7 2018 27.5
    - 150mm f/r travel
    - mino link
    - boost f/r
    - full floater
    - Local bike shop
    - Too common?

    Scott Genius 720/920 2018
    - 150mm f/r
    - boost f/r
    - ability to use both 27.5 & 29 inch wheels without changing the forks
    - lightweight
    - lockout/descend/traction Twinloc lever
    - Local bike shop
    - more common

    Canyon Strive CF 8.0 Race 27.5
    - 160mm f/r
    - Shapeshifter
    - Price
    - Great specs
    - Overseas, though there's a Melbourne service centre
    - less common, sweet design

    Your thoughts would greatly assist in this process. Of course I'd love to be able to test each bike on the trails that I most commonly ride, but this would be near impossible.

    Cheers in advance.

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    You're already running 26, why would you down grade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pink poodle View Post
    You're already running 26, why would you down grade?
    Yeah, I know what you mean. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. It's probably more about spending more time on the bike. But I do think a newer bike would help progression of skills and confidence. Happy to be proven wrong.

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    I vote Canyon based on your preferred riding and location mix. The shapeshifter is pretty good for that 'between the fun bits' commute you mention.
    Quote Originally Posted by eddy1.7 View Post
    thanks guys for all the info, im still not sure what to get hahaha... does anyone know what sam hill rides?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misplaced View Post
    I vote Canyon based on your preferred riding and location mix. The shapeshifter is pretty good for that 'between the fun bits' commute you mention.
    Short and sweet, cheers.

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    My son has a Canyon Strive (6.0 Race) and he loves it. And it climbs like it's got a motor, if that helps the decision any.
    Some people are like Slinkies. They serve no useful purpose, but they're fun to push down the stairs.

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    Another vote for the strive
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spike-X View Post
    My son has a Canyon Strive (6.0 Race) and he loves it. And it climbs like it's got a motor, if that helps the decision any.
    That's not all the bike....little shit.

    Canyon is hard to go past though....except for maybe a well priced spitfire with 160mm forks.
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    Think I'll just buy an Orange!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moorey View Post
    That's not all the bike....little shit.
    Yeah, I know.
    Some people are like Slinkies. They serve no useful purpose, but they're fun to push down the stairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spike-X View Post
    Yeah, I know.
    You'll notice I also mentioned the spitty though...if an 11yo on one can kick many grown ups arses up the hill, it MUST be the bike. I think mines faulty.
    Quote Originally Posted by JTmofo View Post
    Think I'll just buy an Orange!

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