I saved my pennies and sold off some unneeded stuff over the past month or so in order to purchase a new mountain bike.
Why a new one? What about the three nice mountain bikes hanging up in the garage? Well, since I no longer feel obligated to ride a bike offered by the company I used to work for, I have chosen what I really want to ride (and what I've lusted after for about a year). Plus, I'm a bike whore and like to try out/own different bikes.
Okay, here's what I bought:
Pivot Mach 5 frame kit. Included was the frame, Fox fork & rear shock, front derailleur and headset. 5.5" (140mm) of rear wheel travel. Assembled in Tempe, AZ.
I'm pulling the XT drivetrain and brakes from another bike in the fleet. New wheels, bar and stem and an e.13 bashring are on the way. A Crank Brothers Joplin R adjustable seatpost arrived on Thursday.