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Damn you Santa Cruz, damn you to hell!

DirtMcGirk

<b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm
Feb 21, 2008
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How do they keep pulling me back in? Why do I keep going and trying their bikes?

Wife and I went this weekend to the Kirt Voreis All Ride Tour to play with some of the new frames out on the trails of South Seattle.

Damn everything straight to hell, now I really, really want a pair of Blur LT's, one for the wife, one for me. My Enduro is hitting the point of being all shot to hell, and for some reason her Stumpy has been acting up.

I have to say, for all of my issues with Santa Cruz, I love their bikes, especially these Blurs. They tracked amazingly well on the trail, pedaled up things that would stop my Enduro, and rode "quiet."

Damn them, damn them.
 

DirtyDog

Gang probed by the Golden Banana
Aug 2, 2005
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There are a lot of great bikes out there. Why not buy one from a company that is not out to ruin your life?
 

sanjuro

Tube Smuggler
Sep 13, 2004
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I know a shop with plenty. Yuba Expeditions in Downieville. Contact them if you really want one.
 

DirtMcGirk

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Feb 21, 2008
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I think its going to be a bit before I can afford one.
With the new(ish) Demo for the wife, and getting hit by a jag off in an Escalade, the funds are a little low right now.
 

vtjim

Beware of Milo & Otis
Jan 6, 2006
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Seeing as how my bike has been in the shop three times already this season me thinks it's time for a new one, if only I could convince the wife that a SC is in the budget.
 

DirtMcGirk

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Feb 21, 2008
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I hear you there. She saw the "look of love in my eye" after the second mile, and got on the "honey, its not in the budget right now" speech.

Mind you, she hasn't seen her new Demo, so I am either going to be in a lot of trouble, or I will be absolved as I got her the new toy for her first.

women are strange that way
 

vtjim

Beware of Milo & Otis
Jan 6, 2006
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I hear you there. She saw the "look of love in my eye" after the second mile, and got on the "honey, its not in the budget right now" speech.

Mind you, she hasn't seen her new Demo, so I am either going to be in a lot of trouble, or I will be absolved as I got her the new toy for her first.

women are strange that way
Yeah well I'm still trying to convince her that building up the carbon road frame I have is a good idea, so I'm not even thinking I'll be getting a new mtb soon.
 

TreeSaw

Mama Monkey
Oct 30, 2003
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Dancin' over rocks n' roots!
I hear you there. She saw the "look of love in my eye" after the second mile, and got on the "honey, its not in the budget right now" speech.

Mind you, she hasn't seen her new Demo, so I am either going to be in a lot of trouble, or I will be absolved as I got her the new toy for her first.

women are strange that way
LOL! If it were me, I would probably absolve you, especially if it was delivered with beer :cheers:
 

DirtMcGirk

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Feb 21, 2008
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Its for our 7th anniversary, so this time I am classing things up and delivering it with some bubbly.
 

H8R

Cranky Pants
Nov 10, 2004
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I wonder if I still know anyone at SC.

I can use a newer Chameleon, rear disc brakes sound nice.
 

DirtMcGirk

<b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm
Feb 21, 2008
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I was amazed by how well that thing rode.
I've been in love with my Enduro for some time, but the new Blur LT put its dick in the dirt in a big way. When cranking it doesn't feel like you're suspended, but then you hit something, and its bueno.

The other thing they got rid for was the "push in" to manual or wheelie the VP. Thing got on its back wheel without question, and would stay there.

Sitting here now debating if the 401k needs what's in it...
 

vtjim

Beware of Milo & Otis
Jan 6, 2006
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I was amazed by how well that thing rode.
I've been in love with my Enduro for some time, but the new Blur LT put its dick in the dirt in a big way. When cranking it doesn't feel like you're suspended, but then you hit something, and its bueno.

The other thing they got rid for was the "push in" to manual or wheelie the VP. Thing got on its back wheel without question, and would stay there.

Sitting here now debating if the 401k needs what's in it...
The way my 401K is doing right now I think a bike would be a better investment. :disgust1:
 

N8 v2.0

Not the sharpest tool in the shed
Oct 18, 2002
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I was amazed by how well that thing rode.
I've been in love with my Enduro for some time, but the new Blur LT put its dick in the dirt in a big way. When cranking it doesn't feel like you're suspended, but then you hit something, and its bueno.

The other thing they got rid for was the "push in" to manual or wheelie the VP. Thing got on its back wheel without question, and would stay there.

Sitting here now debating if the 401k needs what's in it...
no 29r, no care!
 

DirtMcGirk

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Feb 21, 2008
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I wants a Trek 69'er, but that seems more like a fetish/play bike to me then something I can get five years out of like I did with my Enduro.
 

DirtMcGirk

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Feb 21, 2008
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Not the worst idea I've ever heard.

The enduro will limp on for another few months. Replaced the bearings on the frame, but had to send the rear wheel back to King as the hub shell has stretched some over the past few 4 years of a lot of riding. Hoping to get it all back together soon.
 

jonKranked

Detective Dookie
Nov 10, 2005
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Not the worst idea I've ever heard.
especially since Sc has, as of the last few years, had notoriously long lead times for frame delivery. Not to mention that they will probably get pushed out on you a few times. There's some peeps in the DH forum who waited 6-7 months for their new v-10's...
 

DirtMcGirk

<b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm
Feb 21, 2008
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Yea, that's the problem I have with their business model.

While its a good idea from a sales stand point to create a demand so to assure sell through, its poor from the customer end as you want the bike.

Oh well, I can put this "savings jar" I started for this bike towards an Intense SS if they don't have the frame at SC when I need it.
 

Kanye West

220# bag of hacktastic
Aug 31, 2006
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They probably remember you at SC. They'll probably deliberately send you the wrong frames 3 times just to F with you.
 

DirtMcGirk

<b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm
Feb 21, 2008
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They probably remember you at SC. They'll probably deliberately send you the wrong frames 3 times just to F with you.
Going to use a pen name.
You know, the name I had while I was serving time.
 

jonKranked

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Nov 10, 2005
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Yea, that's the problem I have with their business model.

While its a good idea from a sales stand point to create a demand so to assure sell through, its poor from the customer end as you want the bike.

Oh well, I can put this "savings jar" I started for this bike towards an Intense SS if they don't have the frame at SC when I need it.
I don't think they're doing it just to eff with customers... I think its a sourcing issue based on what I've heard. That, and supply/demand issues. From what I can grasp they have a difficult time keeping supplied with frames.

Additionally, it would be a poor business move on their part to drastically increase supply which would ultimately backfire as the market would then be flooded.

I know it sucks for people, but they have families to feed too.
 

Kanye West

220# bag of hacktastic
Aug 31, 2006
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I don't think they're doing it just to eff with customers... I think its a sourcing issue based on what I've heard. That, and supply/demand issues. From what I can grasp they have a difficult time keeping supplied with frames.

Additionally, it would be a poor business move on their part to drastically increase supply which would ultimately backfire as the market would then be flooded.

I know it sucks for people, but they have families to feed too.
That's what happens with cheap farmed-out sh!t. Of course, I wouldn't buy the Intense either since they give USA made high end bike good a bad name too.
 

DirtMcGirk

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Feb 21, 2008
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Yea, I have been hunting around town some today at my various LBS, and it comes down to about $1800 and I'll get it some time before August, they think.

So its now a choice between do I need an Intense SS or a SC Blur first.
Going to need a second job.