SPECIALIZED - TREK - SANTA CRUZ
Although we earned our reputation with road bikes, we are just as capable and enthusiastic about mountain bikes. How could we not be with such fantastic riding so close to the store (thank you SMBA!)? In fact, almost every member of our staff rides mountain bikes, and some of us spend more time on the dirt than asphalt.
We take the same level of care as our road bike fits with mountain bikes. Although mountain biking is more dynamic, fit is just as important, as is suspension setup. That’s why every full suspension or 29er mountain bike purchase at Blue Sky Bicycles includes a basic fit and suspension setup, as well as a tutorial on how your bike’s suspension works. The basic fit includes cleat positioning, saddle height, saddle fore-aft adjustment, and cockpit length and height (which may include changing the stem for a different size).
The fit process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. If you’re shopping for a new bike, we highly recommend making an appointment with us. The store can get quite busy at times, and an appointment will ensure the best possible experience for you. You are always welcome to just stop in as well; we will always do our best to accommodate you.
In addition to the basic fit, we also offer complete and comprehensive Serotta International Cycling Institute (SICI) fits for new bike purchases. Please visit our Fit Studio page for a complete description of the SICI fit.
Our fitting services are also available for your existing bike. Make the most out of your riding experience with a professional fit from a Serotta-certified fitter.
Based in Morgan Hill, CA, Specialized was founded as Specialized Bicycle Components in 1974 by Mike Sinyard as a a small importer and component distributor. In 1981, they were the first to market the first major production mountain bike the Stumpjumper. Today they hold true to their “Innovate or die” and “Innovate and win” slogans by equipping some of the world’s best mountain bike athletes with bikes and equipment.
- Our Take: Specialized makes a world-class bike for every kind of riding. As their victories in every discipline show, they truly make a bike to fit each style of riding. From cross-country to freeride to downhill, you can enjoy the performance their athletes have helped develop. What we especially like about Specialized is that their innovation trickles down. For example, in a base-level Hardrock mountain bike, there’s top-level Stumpjumper DNA. They innovate at the top, then trickle that innovation down in their line, and you don’t have to be a professional to enjoy the benefits.
Trek’s mountain bike lineup has never been more exciting. Several years ago they set up a R&D office in California to help design the current Fuel series, and the their hard work shows with innovations like ABP. Additionally, for 2012 the Gary Fisher brand has been fully absorbed by Trek, and is now the Gary Fisher Collection from Trek. What does this mean? It means that we now have access to (and stock!) the renowned Gary Fisher 29ers.
- Our Take: The Fuel series is an incredible capable and plush trail bike, and the Fisher 29ers are spectacular, especially the Superfly and Rumblefish series.
It’s hard to beat this West coast company if you’re looking for a high end mountain bike at a reasonable price. Since 1993 they have been defining and re-defining dual suspension bikes and in 2003 they unveiled Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) bikes. The VPP bikes utilize a pair of linkages to isolate and support the rear triangle. This creates a floating pivot point suspension that exhibits near zero pedal-induced feedback. Throughout the effective pedaling range, chain-induced forces are opposed by the VPP linkage. The end result is a system that is both active and neutral, whether under full power or braking. Along with a range of color choices, you can choose different front and rear shock options, component packages, or purchase a frame only and do the build up yourself.
- Our Take: Although Santa Cruz is a much smaller company than Trek or Specialized, they seem to be more nimble in terms of development and product introduction, as well as parts and customization. One of our favorite bikes is the Blur LT, which is perfect for the SMBA trails. The Tallboy (their 29er) is also a local favorite. For 2012, Santa Cruz bikes have never been more accessible with the introduction of the Nickel, Butcher, and Tallboy Aluminum models. The Highball carbon 29er is definitely one of the hottest 29er hard-tails on the market.