Mountain Biking - Hardtail for under $500??
Bikeforums.net is a forum about nothing but bikes. Our community can help you find information about hard-to-find and localized information like bicycle tours, specialties like where in your area to have your recumbent bike serviced, or what are the best bicycle tires and seats for the activities you use your bike for.
02-15-11, 01:01 PM
Need to add to my aresenal. I've looked at the LBS's as well as bikesdirect.com. I am almost partial to the Jamis Trail XC series but I am open to Trek and Specialized. I need something for light trail riding, possible winter commuting. I want to be able to upgrade components down the road. Prefer disc brakes, but not a deal breaker.
Sorry if this topic has come up recently.... I tried searching to no avail. Thanks in advance!!
02-15-11, 01:44 PM
Jamis X3. But I am not sure commuting with a suspension fork would be fun. Old rigid fork MTBs work great for that. All of the $500 bikes have the same basic stuff. I like the Jamis frame, looks good, down the road a lighter fork would be nice. Then a new wheelset...
If you can turn a wrench, this is not a bad place. (http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fantom_trail08.htm)
02-16-11, 01:48 AM
For $500, you can get an incredible deal on C/L- buying a used bike is definitely worth it if you have the ability to work on it, if it needs it. In almost all of my C/L bike experiences, I'm really just picking up someone's bike that sat in their garage for too long, and I've never had a major issue with one. If you stick to your $500 budget, you can get a 4-5 year old top of the line hardtail- way better than anything new for $500 (so long as it isn't beat the he*l)
02-16-11, 01:59 PM
To reply to the above posts...
I actually have two older MTB bikes available to me. One is a late 80's Mongoose and the other is a Schwinn (early 90's). One is gonna be a commuter/touring build, the other may get made into a SS, sorta like an adult BMX bike.
What I am looking for is a MTB for light trail use, first and foremost. And then as a winter commuter if needed. I am hoping that my current commuter will suffice for this, or maybe the above commuter/touring bike build will fill this need. But just in case I need a third option for winter...
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.1.12 Copyright © 2013 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.