The Purple Monster has ridden it’s last race. This afternoon, I went out and test rode some new mountain bikes at my local bike store. I was looking in the entry-level price range ($AU600-800) and test rode all the 26″ and 29ers in that bracket. They all felt really nice but as soon as I sat on the 2013 Merida Big Nine TFS100 29er, I knew I had found the right bike for me. It felt perfectly balanced for me. I was able to track stand on it and to move it around the bicycle carpark well.
I wanted to speak with my partner before actually handing over our money but, having now done so, I can head to the shop tomorrow to buy the bike. It will take 3-4 days to arrive because they don’t have my size in stock (I was measured and apparently a 17″ frame is my size; the bike shop only has a 19″ frame in stock).
I’m very excited about the new wheels.