Hi, my name is Sam and I'm a "newbie"
After a long hiatus from bikes (BMX back in the 80's).. I finally decided I needed to get my 36 year old body back into some kind of shape! I originally went to the bike shop with the intention on spending not more than $2000 on a good mountain bike (The Trek EX8 was #1 spot in that price range, and I loved how it rode).
However, I quickly fell in love (at first sight) with a bike more expensive. The bike shop owner had a Moots Cinco on his store website, after a single ride, and looking at it, I had to have it.
After doing a lot of research on this and other forums, I decided to jump into it feet first! I went back and forth on the build components, but finally and with the advise of my local bike shop and internet research I settled on a mix of brands rather than going all one brand.
I justified it to my self as a good way to guilt trip myself into using it! Here are some pics I just took today. I can't wait now to get it onto the trail! But first, I have to get my self in shape on the local hills here in my neighborhood!
More pics here: http://homepage.mac.com/sjsamaha/PhotoAlbum39.html