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Bicycle Suggestions? - October 13, 2009, 07:52 PM

I did the difficult run trail for the first time yesterday afternoon with a couple buddies of mine and had a blast. I took out an older Cannondale M300 that I have that has mainly been used for blacktop riding.

I'm looking to get something built more for trial riding that has front suspension. I don't want to spend more than $300, which will undoubtedly limit my choices but I'm not sure if this is just a temporary thing for me or if I'll actually do some serious trail riding in the future. I'm no bike buff so I'm open to any and all suggestions, even used bikes if you have them.

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October 13, 2009, 08:33 PM

Well as someone who helped run a very big bike shop in Colorado for about a year, and a few years experience racing. $300 wont get you squat for a mountain bike unless its used and well maintained most used bikes need new housing, cables, chain rings, cassette, and sprockets that's easily $100 to $250 if you have a shop do it.

A new entry level XC rig will run you a normally a minimum of $490 and most of the time $550-600 for a good entry level bike.

For durability, maintenance, cost of owner ship and geometry that is correct I would go with a new bike unless you find the perfect deal that happens to be your size.

You want a minimum of
Deore in Shimano and X7 in Sram
Anything less is made for disposable childrens bikes and pavement pounders (comfort bikes/ all the mechanically neglected bikes) once you get to that level of componentry the life is dramatically increased of the components, they are night and day better to tune, and the shifting and functionality goes way up.

Don't look at the most athstetically appealing bike first there are still cantilevier (rim brakes) that will blow some disc brakes out of the water and those thend to have better hubs and components all the way around.

If you have any questions on specs feel free to hit me up. Used bikes under $800 tend to loose value of about 30-50% per year due to the wear and tear intended with the use.


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The best bang for the buck if you can find one for what kind of riding your going to do would be a new GT Zaskar I bet you can find a 08-early 09 floating around a shop they tend to have a longer top tube so if your taller thats a good thing. They hold their value well and have a full Deore LX build on their base model and a XT rear I belive.


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October 13, 2009, 08:44 PM

I don't know if I can justify spending 500-600 on a new bike. We could I even go to look for a good used bike in this area?


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The best bang for the buck if you can find one for what kind of riding your going to do would be a new GT Zaskar I bet you can find a 08-early 09 floating around a shop they tend to have a longer top tube so if your taller thats a good thing. They hold their value well and have a full Deore LX build on their base model and a XT rear I belive.
How much do those run. I did a quick search and found the Zaskar Expert for $999...A little more than my budget will allow


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October 13, 2009, 08:52 PM

i want one like this. downhill mounting bike, they are $$$$$$


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You more than likely can find something worth that around $300 but more than likely it will need some work. But there are desperate students in college that buy new bikes all the time from money that was meant for school and end up getting in a pinch or ride it a few miles and sell it for beer money and will sell new bikes for half of what they paid. If you find one of those deals post the specs and year and we can give you a idea if it's worth looking at. When you find a bike you want have a reputable shop look at it and make sure its mechanically sound.

Try to stick to actual bike shops for new bikes; as for chains some REI's are good and Performance Bike is the best choice to go that route they will do a life time satisfaction guarantee (literally you can bring it back a year later you wont get the full price back but still) and life time and quote me "life time free adjustments" that's 90% of what people come in for labor in the first place is brakes and shifting.


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i want one like this

That thing is a collectors item people pay top dollar for frame parts on those suckers.


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October 13, 2009, 09:07 PM

If you can wait till the winter time !
Sports Authority usualy has some nice starter bikes for 300-400 . I got a nice iron horse for 350 a couple of years ago which was just as good if not better and weight less then my last bike which was a dimond back that i got from dicks sporting goods for 550.00 .

And both of those bikes road the trail i ride just fine .

Or you can try craigslist.org in the bike section !
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October 13, 2009, 09:13 PM

what do you think about this one?

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...417140069.html

All I'm really looking for is a solid reliable set up. It doesn't have to have the latest and greatest components as I don't plan on racing or doing and crazy trail riding. I just want a strong bike that I can take out on the weekend and ride some trails with.


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