I think the Haibike Greed feels like it was led astray. It hangs, staring at me in my bike room. I picture it with a disappointed look on its bike face as if it thought it was being purchased by a 'real' mountain biker. This is more bike than I bargained for. . .
This year has marked my return to mountain biking. I started as a mountain biker. It was 1996. Back then I was a hockey player. 'You should get a bike to train on' said my coach. My first real mountain bike was a Parkpre. I loved it and I loved riding for hours, falling into caloric debt and making it home just in time to eat a mountain of food.
Then the upgrades started. The bike got lighter, new forks, new stem...you know how the story goes. Then I felt like, to qualify the costs, I should race my ass off.
I DO race this bike. Last year I took it all the way to Inner Mongolia to cross the grasslands as fast as I could. My legs got me 12th overall. The bike wanted a podium.
The Haibike exemplifies the 'race my ass' off mentality. I'll say this: there are no excuses on this bike. If you are not going fast, you need to train more, or harder. Like the saying goes, 'if it's too loud, you're too old'.
I broke the flex post and TUNE carbon saddle early on. If you buy the Greed I'd swap those out. Other than the saddle, the TUNE components are straight outta' the Black Forest of Germany. They've been outstanding. The Radavist had a great post on TUNE which you can find here: theradavist.com/2015/07/born-in-the-black-forest-at-tune-kevin-sparrow/
Recently I was off to race in Shenzhen, China. Miguel Martinez (Olympic gold medal winner at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia and bronze medal winner at the 1996 Summer Olympics) was there as a celebrity rider. The Haibike definitely wanted to chase him...
I've invested and the Haibike is helping me stay motivated to improve. It pushes me to be a better rider. Check it out.
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Disclaimer: The great folks at Sky Blue Bikes in Hong Kong offered me a bit of a discount on this bike. If you're in Hong Kong and you think Haibike is for you, please mention this review to the good people there.