kunalraiker wrote:Gordo, the problem I face is enquiring for a test ride without any commitment to buy, are the retailers ok with that ?
well...the bikeshop i go to is. they've been great. u prob wont get to take a new mountain bike out (cept up and down the street?) but they tend to have different demo bikes in at different times of the year + store employees have their own bikes which seem to double up as demo's. I could go ride a camber 26 or and epic anytime it seems (current demo models). but i just waited for the spesh demo day (btw search for specialized + 'test the best' on facebook where they have a page and u can find out where they will be next). It all shouldnt be a prob for a good shop. I actually went back today to re-ride the camber and epic. Changed a few things on the camber: flipped the stem and dropped some spacers. made a diff. cant approach the geometry of the epic. The camber is just a little more backwheel. but felt much better. wasnt slow. climbing and cornering wasnt bad. Coz the bike has ur weight a little to the rear i actually felt more stable, and less likely to go over the handle bars than the epic when going down hill. The more i rode it the more i liked it. camber aint a bad bike after consideration. I always find it difficult transitioning from one bike to another, and thats why long test rides are so valuable for me..... And, yeah, i like the 29er thing too.