Mountain Biking - looking to get started
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hey, i'm new to the forum and i'm looking to get started mountain biking. but first, an introduction. my name is colt, i'm coming up on my eighteenth birthday. when i was younger i did alot of screwing around pretending to bmx with my friends. wasn't serious or anything but i had some fun. due to moving around and being busy with school the biking tapered off and i got into other hobbies. i'm a pretty active guy by nature and i realized my current hobbies aren't cutting the mustard. i need a sport now. in my search for the perfect sport i found myself remembering. some inspiration from youtube and bingo, i'm in the process of fixing the tires on my brothers old mountain bike. i'm happy to be here. seems like a good forum.
i'm fixing my bro's old bike as a suppliment until i can build up some cash for a real bike. frankly it looks like it's gonna get broken. it doesn't look too strong and i want to ride fast and hard. it's a huffy mountain bike with no suspension, just a solid frame.
while i'm scratching the initial itch with cheap equippmet i'd really like some suggestions for a better bike in the $400-$500 range. the type of riding i'm interested in would probably be geared more towards a little trail riding and alot of climbing/fast downhill riding. probably some drops and ramps as well so i'd like a durable bike. ay suggestions are appreciated.
also to offer a contribution, if anyone needs help with any type of firearm or air gun related topic i can help. i'm very gun savy:D
thanks, Colt T
In my opinion this is the best bike in that price range . Everyone has thier favorites so you will get some good opinions. The bike above can be found on sale all the time for 500 bucks.
06-27-09, 07:17 PM
Hey man, Trek or Specialized bikes are good for that price! They use shimano parts and their frames are very strong, i worked at a bike shop and these were the main brand of bikes they sold. But if you want a bike for doing dirt jumps or street, you will want to look at a different and more expensive bike around $800-$1200+ depending on the year it's made and brand.
Getting a strong bike that will last is smart, so when you want to jump a curb or hit a small/big jump or drop you will be confident your bike won't break under you or cause an injury. It's worth it to save and get a better bike that you will enjoy more and be able to progress with. Cheers.
06-27-09, 07:35 PM
I just picked up a Cannondale F300 for $380. It has Sram X5 shifters and derailleur, a Manitou fork and it's pretty cool. It's a barely used 07 model. Check out Craigslist in your area.
i've done a bit of research and picked three bikes that would suit me. all seem of high quality and use shimano parts. one characteristic that i need help with however is strength. i need to know wich one of the bikes would have the strongest frame to last through heavy riding. i'm not sure just how rough i'll be riding yet so i want the strongest bike i can get. i'm going to the local bs soon to see if i can check em out. but untill then, opinions are nice.
either way here are the three bikes: i'm leaning toward the giant.
gary fisher opie
all three are extremely similar. all use the same shifter, two have the same fork and all have 100mm forks. they have simular frames as well. witch one would you pick?
Well the opie is built for jumping , its a solid bike , i own the 4300 disc and have put it through a fair bit of beatings and his hasnt givin me any problems. I have a buddy i ride with who owns the giant and he had to replace the fork and back rim after 3 weeks of riding. He rode it pretty hard though , more than that bike was meant to do i belive.
All 3 are are solid bikes , if i was to pick one it would be between the 4300 and the opie .
I know Trek offers a lifetime warranty on the frame. I'm not sure about Gary Fisher (more then likely does) but that seems like a key selling point for someone like you. Good luck.
07-02-09, 05:19 PM
Giant offers a lifetime warranty oon the frame as well.
Yes but giant don't honour that warranty
07-02-09, 09:01 PM
We've had good times with them, then again i work at a sole giant retailleur.
thanks for all the help guys. i went to the bike barn here in katy and looked at what they had. the sales guy was extremely kind and helpful answering all of my questions. i got around to trying out a trek 4500 and loved it. i wish i had $450 right about now because that's how much the thing was going on sale for today! anyway i know what i want now and i'm a little more educated. i'll post back here in a month of so detailing what i bought.
07-03-09, 04:09 PM
If you did some bmxing, you might want a bike with more of that feel. Check out the P series. Look on the www.pinkbike.com Buy & Sell page to see if they have any in your area.
i got around to trying out a trek 4500 and loved it. i wish i had $450 right about now because that's how much the thing was going on sale for today!
I just bought the 4500 and I love it, I paid $650 for mine because it was an 09 and I really wanted the matte white (looks even better in person) Definately try to get it since it's only $450.
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