Mountain Biking - What bike would you purchase from this list
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05-20-08, 08:21 PM
I am looking entry level with best stock specs. Will be doing light MB and prefer front-suspension. I will be putting in about 21-30 miles a week on it 3-5 of which will be off-road. I am limited on cash and all bikes listed I can find shipped and built for under $500. I have tested the Marin and like it but don't know much on reliability but because I am not an avid MTBer I want the best stock because I won't really giving the bike significant wear and tear.
Here are the bikes I'm looking at. All 2008 models
Marin Bolinas Ridge - http://www.marinbikes.com/2008/us/bikes/specs_bolinas_ridge.php
Specialized HR XC - http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?sid=08HardrockXC
Cannondale F7 - http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/08/cusa/model-8FS7.html
Raleigh Mojave 5.0 - http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/mountain/mojave-50/?page=specs
Jamis Trail X3 - http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/bikes/08_bikes/08trailx3.html#
Can get all of these for under $500 which would you prefer and why
Thanks for the help everyone.
05-20-08, 08:24 PM
I won't be able to test run all these bikes but the supplier has a 15 day return policy so I will use that time to test.
05-20-08, 08:38 PM
Anyway you can do the footwork and post links to the bikes so we can look at the specs...
You'll get more responses that way.
05-20-08, 08:40 PM
thanks for the help I will edit now
05-20-08, 08:46 PM
Links now up
05-20-08, 08:56 PM
I can give you a comment on the Hardrock, cuz I got an 03.
Handling 10 Fantastic
Performance 8 Quick but a little heavy
Toughness 10+ this is one tough bike(Frame) 1050 miles of torture
Comfort Minus 3 It rides too rough for th dirt, and on the road it rides,,,too rough.
I converted mine to a utility bike and use it to pull trailers, a lot.
The only thing I wish to change is the front suspension, it vibrates my hands to sleep.
If you want tough this is your bike, if you want comfort, it ain't.
05-20-08, 09:00 PM
I heard the same thing about the comfort on the Cannondale too. Comfort is a legit concern with the mileage. What about the components strictly. Any one stand out from the crowd
I own a Marin Hawk Hill and it's a great all-around bike. I wasn't too sure about Marin when I bought this bike, but I did some research and it's a great company and they make great bikes. The Hawk Hill has a little better specs than the Bolinas Ridge as it has Deore components, but I actually got it for $390 shipped from Sierra Trading Post 2 years ago. Unfortunately they don't have any in stock right now. I'd definitely consider the Marin as it's an awesome frame with decent components at a great price.
05-20-08, 09:59 PM
The raleigh is the only one (i think) with Alivio shifters...the rest have EF-50s i think. if you are just looking at best componets raleighs generally offer more for your money
05-20-08, 11:13 PM
appreciate the help everyone. I am very new and I'm very inexperienced with how particular components ride. So far no body has agreed on what big is best stock. I will ride them all but want to save my own time in shipping and returning by just picking maybe the best two as from stock parts. Thanks again.
05-20-08, 11:34 PM
I can only comment on what I have and that's a Trek 4300 Disk. It's very much like the Hard Rock from what I've read. MSRP is $530 but I got mine for $459+ tax. I've only had it about a week but I've been riding the crap out of it and I love it.
05-20-08, 11:43 PM
I'd take the jamis over all those.....
Giant Rincon $420
05-21-08, 06:37 PM
I am new to MTb as well. I purchased a new 07' Specialized Hardrock 2 months ago. After getting my butt in bike shape, I have enjoyed the bike very much. I paid much less the $500. Yes! It handles the trails well.
I bought a Trek 4300 non disc about a month ago that I try very hard to ride daily. I love that bike.. It doesnt have the disc brakes, but I have read that the disc brakes on the lower end bikes supplement cheaper components to make up for the added cost of the discs.
I paid about $450 for my bike, but then I bought some road tires for it for $40, plus a $20 helmet. so all in all I got about $520 into it. The original tires were fine, but I am mostly on pavement. And the road tires really did make a huge improvement in my overall speed.
Would I buy the bike again? Definitely.
05-23-08, 12:51 AM
I like my 4300 non disc as well. I currently only have about 70 miles on it, but it's a very nice ride, especially compared to my road bike.
Specialized or Cannondale I had both brands older upper end bikes and enjoyed them greatly. Specialized seemed to have really good seating postion.
05-24-08, 03:19 AM
I'd opt for the Marin, very nice frame. I started on a marin and love the thing,, I shopped around and it was just comfortable..
05-25-08, 11:12 PM
Of your list, all I would even consider would be the Marin and the Jamis; I would pick them in that order, too.
That said, Giant is a fine choice, too; don't forget Haro, though.
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