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Old 06-13-2019, 10:20 PM
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The OP doesn't think so. There's only so many ways you can say, "Nice bike." I think it's cool to hear about the cycling habits and passions from the rest of you. I especially enjoy hearing you'all share your first bikes - it brings back memories of the Schwinn Varsity I took to college followed by a Gitane Gran Sport, a Raleigh Grand Prix and so, so many other bikes since then. I'd say that this TREK DS4 is the best of lot, and it's amazing how much bicycles have improved and specialized over the past 50 years...
Hehe - my first bike was a Bg Wheel. Even my old Huffy steel frame rigid MTBs were better!

That is of course a joke. You guys are all so serious sometimes. Sure we all miss our youth, but it’s certainly better riding a Big Boy Bike!

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I really like the 29" tires, but at the same time I am extremely jealous of the Deore 2x10 M6000 groupset on the DS4. Being 4 pounds lighter than mine with better gearing ratios the OP would certainly blow by me lol!
The good and sad reality is..... Your bicycle engine is the most important component for performance.
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Congrats! Here's my new gravel bike, a Black Mountain Cycles Monstercross:



Happy trails, RP!
Willie as the rider of a Brooks saddle you are now officially the king of gravel riding! Well done.
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The good and sad reality is..... Your bicycle engine is the most important component for performance.
This is true. 4 years ago I rode 40 miles in 95 degree heat with no water. I nearly broke down! In fact, I did once I got home. I can't blame the bike for that!

Keeping cool and hydrated is no joke.
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Enjoy the bike! Always time for strats later.
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Hehe - my first bike was a Bg Wheel. Even my old Huffy steel frame rigid MTBs were better!

That is of course a joke. You guys are all so serious sometimes. Sure we all miss our youth, but itís certainly better riding a Big Boy Bike!

What's funny there is my wife's bike is a Remedy and mine's a 29r similar to what's in the video. This pic is mine at Trek.

Most funny and maybe you had to be there: Moms riding nice bikes on trails like that is a thing these days. I was with some guys in their 20s working on a jump while my wife and another woman I her age were riding. The young guys were excited about the hot women they saw riding hot bikes. One of the young diggers knew who my wife was. Wow did we have a laugh when the other young guys realized those "hot" women were same age as their own moms.

Everyone needs to get riding and get their wives at it too.

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Oops wrong forum. Always time ACOUSTICS later. Still have my titanium-frame road bike, plus a newer gravel bike. One bike for every 5 guitars is a good ratio.
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Daughter (14) just picked up her new Trek mountain bike this week! I don't have a picture of mine, but I have a Trek/Gary Fisher Rumblefish, which is a full suspension 29er. It's a whole lot easier on my back than a hardtail!


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^ very nice! That particular one looks familiar!

Is your daughter in adult sized bikes already? If so, you have my empathy; my 12yo boy is still in 24" wheel size. I've been shopping around for a bike for him so that he can get off the devices while on summer break. Craig's List has been nonresponsive so I'm burning the Father's Day card on a trip to the LBS for an advisement. I want to him to try out a Precaliber 24 7-speed.

While I'm there I'm going to A/B the DS4 against the Marlin 7. I'll have my wife A/B one against her FX2 as well. Our anniversary is coming up!

There's also a Guitar Center in the area...
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...While I'm there I'm going to A/B the DS4 against the Marlin 7..
This new DS4 is growing on me by leaps and bounds - I believe it’s the nicest bike I’ve ever owned, and that covers a whole lot of territory. A quick look at the Marlin makes me think it’s an apples and oranges comparison since one is a mountain bike and the other more hybridized....

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This new DS4 is growing on me by leaps and bounds - I believe itís the nicest bike Iíve ever owned, and that covers a whole lot of territory. A quick look at the Marlin makes me think itís an apples and oranges comparison since one is a mountain bike and the other more hybridized....
They do call the Marlin a daily rider or trail worth commuter and I'm pretty sure the DS have been considered the higher performance hybrids. I think the Marlin is 1 degree steeper but neither modern MTB slack.

Really, after parts level it's about wheel size, tire width, and how slack or low. A lot of bikes including with drop bars are that wheel diameter and same widths these days.

The important thing: Did everyone ride today?

For me it was only 1.5 hours, but chasing one of my boys who is a really strong on a bike.
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This new DS4 is growing on me by leaps and bounds - I believe itís the nicest bike Iíve ever owned, and that covers a whole lot of territory. A quick look at the Marlin makes me think itís an apples and oranges comparison since one is a mountain bike and the other more hybridized....
Yeah, the frame is more robust and the fork has more travel but other than that the Marlin is a glorified hybrid. The Alvio 3x9 groupset is just not trailworthy. I've tried it. It's best for maintaining a consistent capo on even terrain, which is a disservice to a trail bike IMO. I can see me getting rid of the Alivio components for at least a Deore groupset. I feel like it could be a good platform for bikepacking down the Great Allegheny Passage with some upgrades. For now I feel like it's ideal for riding the converted rail lines in my area where I can ride for distance. I'm sure the DS4 is better, but I like the option of riding on intermediate singletrack in the area too and it did really well in the slush over the winter - which surprisingly I found more enjoyable than riding in the summer heat.

PS: I use Map My Ride to track my progress. I rode 30 miles today in 2-1/2 hours. This was a long ride but I did a 50 mile ride on it back in April. As I said, top speed was 15.5 mph and my average was 11.2 mph. I'm sure I didn't break any speed records but a good bike inspires you to ride and so far the Marlin 7 inspired me to start riding in mid February which is 3 months earlier than I would have in the past. I could be riding more frequently but I already have over 200 miles on this bike and this is proving to be my best and most varied riding season yet.
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Always fun to find out how many riders are here. This is me (in back) and my friend on top of Gooseberry Mesa in St George, UT this spring, and my current bike: a Norco Sight.

Nice new bike you got there, OP. Looks like a joy to ride!
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