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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2014

    2015 Giant Lust 1 or Lust Advanced 2

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    These bikes weigh about the same, but I'd have to wait till at least late March for the carbon Lust Advanced 2. The Lust 1 supposedly has better, lighter components. I would add dropper post, lighter wheel set and maybe go to 1x11. I tried the 2014 Lust 1 in xs while traveling out of town and it felt good. Any thoughts on waiting for the carbon? They were late coming out last year so they might not be ready in March. I am 5 feet tall, older rider, not very aggressive - just like long rides in the mountains.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Tucson, AZ

    Disclaimer: Not a mountain biker (too clumsy).

    Will this be a "forever" bike, or do you see yourself upgrading to a new bike in the future? How much more is the Advanced, and will that eat any upgrade budget? With Giant's numbering system, yes, the Lust 1 will have better components and wheels off the shelf. The carbon frame is probably going to be a bit lighter, but given that they have to beef up the frames a lot for mountain bikes, I'm not sure that there will be any meaningful weight savings, especially when you add in the weight of the heavier components. (You might ask your LBS to see if they can get that information out of the company. They don't publish that.) Would you notice the ride difference?

    If you see yourself upgrading to another bike in the future, I'm not sure the carbon frame is worth it. However, if you think this might be a forever-bike, then I'd more strongly consider the carbon frame and make changes when you can afford it/as necessary. (As it is, I'm a little bit leery of carbon MTB frames, but as far as I can tell it's not a huge issue for the average user.)
    At least I don't leave slime trails.

    2009 Giant Avail 3 |Specialized Jett 143

    2013 Charge Filter Apex| Specialized Jett 143
    1996(?) Giant Iguana 630|Specialized Riva

    Saving for the next one...

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    New Jersey
    I have been riding the Lust 1 for over a year and I love it. If you search around in the mt bike forum you will see all of my gushing. I am a pretty aggressive rider, and I raced the whole season on it. Not a single issue, complain or gee I wish I had....

    I love it, worth every penny

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Rowland Hts, CA
    Does color come into play at all for you? If it does, I think you should also decide based on the color scheme.

    As for me, since you will be swapping in the 1x11 anyways, perhaps you should go carbon?

    Also, if you are going to be swapping in the 1X11 and then swapping in for lighter wheel sets, will it be worth your while to get a Lust Advanced 1 or Lust Advanced 0 instead of a Lust Advanced 2?
    2014 Liv Lust
    2013 Specialized Fate Expert with carbon wheelset (sold)
    2012 Specialized Amira Elite
    2010 Santa Cruz Juliana with R kit and Crampon pedals (sold)

    2011 Specialized Ariel Sport,suspension post,Serfas Rx Women's Microfiber saddle (sold)



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