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Ah, but what if you do need a $5,000 mountain bike? Better yet…

I wrote a post a few days ago in which I tried to explain my reserved affinity for mountain biking. I started out with a mountain bike but I quickly became a roadie. As I explained in my post, I put my cash into my road bikes, but what if I’d stayed a mountain biker?  What if I had decided to throw my money into mountain biking rather than opting for road cycling?

One of the guys I ride with (he’s got his Cat 1 card) just picked up a new mountain bike:


Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the Trek Super Fly 9.9 SL XX1. It weighs, out of the box, maybe a pound or two more than my 16.8 pound Venge. Seriously.  Unfortunately that’s not a $5,000 mountain bike, more like $8,500 but that’s beside the point, it’s a 29’er that weighs less than 20 pounds!  Don’t let the light blue fool you either, it’ a lot nicer in person than in the photo.

Generally, I have one main rule to adhere to when test riding a bicycle:  I never ride anything better (or with a better groupset) than what I currently own unless I can afford to purchase it.  The XX1 is one of those bikes that it’s simply best not to know exists unless you’ve actually got the money to buy it.  Simply put, it’s the most amazing mountain bike I’ve ever touched.

Point is, sometimes it makes sense to drop more on a bicycle than you would a decent used car.  If I found myself in that position (again), then I’d have to give that bike some serious consideration.  It’s flat-out awesome.  The one thing that I am thankful for is its steep price tag though…  It’s so much money that I really would have to worry about a divorce if I bought one.

P.S. Take a look at the cassette… Single chain ring (36t) and the cassette is a 10-42 11-speed.