Staff Mountain Bikes - Outdoor Sports Center
 

Staff Mountain Bikes


We've zeroed in on a few of our most avid mountain bikers here at the store to learn more about their most prized possession: their bikes. Read on to find out what styles they ride, what custom pieces are they love the most, and their favorite parks and trails.

 

Specialized Demo Custom (2014)

 

Type: Downhill

Owner: Eric Gance

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What do you love about this bike?
As soon as you throw a leg over this majestic steed, you're bound to get weird. It has full frontal & rear air suspension which means it's tunable, which is nice. I love the aluminum spokes too. It's a weird combination in that it's a 26" whereas most new downhill bikes are 27.5", but I personally enjoy it. 

What parts of this bike are custom?
Everything on this bike is custom. I started with just the frame and went from there. Some interesting things about it are while most downhill bikes come with a 1x9 drivetrain, I put a 1x10 on mine. 

What will your next purchase be for this bike?
Nothing. This bike is perfect. The next purchase of mine would be a new bike altogether if this thing ever failed (which it won't).

What is your favorite spot to ride?
Highland Mountain in New Hampshire.

How much time do you spend working on your bike?
I spend about an hour every two weeks making minor adjustments and tuning.

How long have you had this bike and how many runs have you done?
I got it in November of 2014, and I've ridden hundreds of runs, and have ridden countless miles and hours on it.

 

Specialized Ruze Women's (2015)

 

Type: Trail Bike

Owner: Heidi Smith

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What do you love about this bike?
I like the 3 inch tires because I can run a lower tire pressure and basically ride over anything. I also just started playing around with using the dropper post. I'm happy that the guys in the bike shop convinced me to spend the extra dough, because it really makes a difference in balance and technique. It allows me to lean back and center myself while going downhill.

What parts of this bike are custom?
I got studded pedals, but nothing else yet. 

What will be your next purchase for this bike?
Accessories. While it's not necessarily for the bike itself, I definitely want a hydration pack so I can carry tools, and nutrition on the trails. I also would like a new helmet. 

What's your favorite spot to ride?
Kingdom trails in Burke, VT.

How much time do you spend working on your bike?
I usually have the shop guys work on it for me. They really know what they're doing. 

When did you get this bike and how many miles have you ridden?
I got it 3 years ago and I'd say I've ridden every two weeks for trips so I've definitely racked up a good amount of miles on it.  

 

Santa Cruz Tall Boy LT (2015)

 

Type: Trail Bike

Owner: Will Maxwell

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What do you love about this bike?
It's a great all-around bike that can do anything and go anywhere. It has a dropper seat post with a trigger to adjust the seat while you ride, so you can adjust for uphill or downhill riding. It's got a carbon frame, making it super light - only 26 pounds.

What parts of this bike are custom?
The entire bike is custom; I bought the frame with the fork and added every other piece, all from different brands. The most significant of these components are the handlebars, the cranks, the 29-inch I9 wheels, and the SRAM X11 drivetrain.

What is your favorite spot to ride?
The Wilton Town Forest is my favorite local spot, but overall, Highland Mountain in New Hampshire.

What will be your next purchase for this bike?
It's perfect! It needs nothing.

How much time do you spend working on your bike?
I spend about a half hour a week cleaning, tuning, and making minor adjustments. I ride a few times a week so I always try to make all the necessary adjustments to keep it in good shape for the next ride.

How long have you had this bike and how many miles have you ridden?
I built it in September of 2014 and have put about 500 miles on it. 

 

Specialized Fat Boy (2015)

 

 

Type: Trail Bike

Owner: Tyler Stowell

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What do you love about this bike?
The fat tires have an unbelievable amount of grip. They make this thing unstoppable in any weather, not to mention really fun to ride.

What will your next purchase be for this bike?
Right now the plan is to get a Dropper Post at some point for the bike.

What parts of this bike are custom?
The drive train and the brakes are both custom.

What is your favorite spot to ride?
My favorite spot is definitely Farrington Woods in Danbury, CT.

How much time do you spend working on your bike?
I don't spend a ton of time working on my bike but I definitely take care of it for the amount of riding hours and miles I put on it.

How long have you had this bike and how many miles have you ridden?
This thing was built to last for sure. I bought it back in 2015 and have put at least 100 miles on it, if not more. I'm just glad we have great guys in our bike shop to work on it, too.

 

Specialized Stump Jumper 29er Elite FSR (2015)

 

 

Type: Trail Bike

Owner: Shane McCabe

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What do you love about this bike?
The full suspension is great; FSR is Specialized's patented full suspension system. It has 29-inch wheels which help the bike keep its speed up.

What will your next purchase be for this bike?
Right now I like it how it is, but things can always be improved.

What parts of this bike are custom?
So far, the seatpost, brakes, drive train, handlebar, and stem are all custom. They're all working out really well for me thus far.

What is your favorite spot to ride?
Farrington Woods in Danbury, CT.

How much time do you spend working on your bike?
I work on my bike once a week, washing it and doing maintenance so it lasts as long as possible.

How long have you had this bike and how many miles have you ridden?
I got it in April of 2014 and have put a whopping 700 miles on it so far. If I keep up my maintenance it will be many more.

 

 

 

Our bike shop staff is a team of dedicated experts who can help you find the perfect mountain bike for your style of riding. We sell top brand mountain bikes, from cyclocross to park bikes and everything in between. Our mechanics can help you customize your bike any way you want, and are always here whenever you need a tune-up or a repair.

 

 

 


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