Mountain Biking - A hard decision
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01-04-05, 06:57 PM
I don't no what to about my bike. I would like a new one because the one i have is not so great its a Giant 2003 Boulder SE. I real want to get a nice bike when i turn 16 which is a year from march. I was wondering if i should try and get something for inbettween. Something like a Releigh M80 or a Giatn Yukon or Iguna. Im kinda thinking not because i would only use that bike for one year about and thats alot of money. What would you recamend. Thanks
01-04-05, 07:21 PM
Just ride the one you have until then.
01-04-05, 10:48 PM
Ride the Boulder! It's not a 'bad' bike. Buy a new fork for it and it'll be a 'better' bike and will get you through the next year.
01-05-05, 03:21 PM
im in the same position, but ive decided to wait with the bike i have currently (03 energy intruder 8.2 w/sr suntour xc 60 pro forks and shimano alivio components) so i can buy a better bike when i turn 16, my 15th birthday is also in march.
01-06-05, 09:28 AM
what day is your birthday? I think im going to keep the bike, that is what i was probly going to do anyway just wondered if any one has any opinuons. So is there anything i should do to make it "better" besides cangeing the fork. I am overall very happy with bike. I have had some repairs but i ride pretty hard and it does have the lower end components so no big, everyone has some repairs, if you don't then i don't think you ride hard enough just my opion. Thanks for everything
01-06-05, 09:45 AM
Also could i get suggestions on a fork for my bike. I would also like to no some good tires for riding in sand and hard pack. thank you
01-06-05, 10:29 AM
The Boulder is an entry level bike. The fork that's on it (is it the Suntour?) is probably entry level.
This is a decent deal on a decent fork without spending a fortune on it: http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/13755-315_MAREP5_KIT-3-Parts-59-Forks/Accessories/2005-Marzocchi-Exr-Pro-w_-Cane-Creek-S-2-Headset.htm
The other thing to consider is you might spend more on the fork, leave the steerer tube long when you install it on your Boulder and then swap it to the next bike you buy.
If it were me, I'd budget $150 to $200 get a decent fork on closeout somewhere. Heck Manitou Black's can be had for about $150.00. and ride the crap out of your bike. Only replace the other stuff when it breaks.
Save your money for your next bike.
01-06-05, 11:57 AM
I have had a lit of time on most of the sub-500 Giant line, and while the Boulder is a killer deal my money is on the Yukons.
01-06-05, 10:57 PM
wow im 15 on march 23. save the money you want to spend on a new bike for in between, then save even more, and get a REALLy nice bike! :)
if you were considering your next bike to be a Releigh M80, a Giant Yukon or Iguna. yes then go for the yukon.
01-07-05, 01:47 PM
well if im waiting i might try to get something better than those when the time comes i dunno
01-07-05, 05:54 PM
The Iguana would be a nice starter bike...it takes a beating!
01-09-05, 11:38 AM
i was looking at the giant too. i had a little extra money so i went the '04 spec. hardrock pro at $600, and since it is a 2004 you could probably get it for 25% off
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