Mountain Biking - Which Bike?? Please Reply.
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I am new here and new to mountian biking and I am looking for a bike. My wife and I have Cannondale C400 comfort bikes and we ride a lot on some local rail trails and now I am looking for a bike for some more serious off road biking that can be used for a wide variety of riding. I am looking to spend less than $1500.00 and would prefer one made in USA if possible. I do not have a preference for a HT or ST, I just want the best frame and components for the $$$. I am hoping to get one tomorrow or the next day so please reply.
Thanks for the help!
05-12-02, 10:20 PM
I bought a Giant NRS2 last year. The list price is $1500. If your wanting the most bang for your buck look at one. But be sure and ride it first to see if it is what you want. There are others out there for about the same price, but I can't speak from experience about them. The NRS series are nice bikes, and have been upgraded some even since I bought mine. Good luck with your search.
Cannondale has their frame tradein program on certain models. Here is a link to a shop that I go to. This can give you an idea on prices.
At your price point Cannondale is about the only one that makes all of their frames in the US. Everyone else has a mix on frame origin. Given the labor costs in the US, the Cdale will have lower components than a Taiwanese bike in all likelihood. Still, at your price you can get XT and LX drivetrain components and disc brakes as well. I run LX and XT on one of my bikes now and they are fine. Unless you plan on racing you don't need XTR components.
I suggest you do some more homework before you purchase if you haven't already done so.
05-14-02, 12:28 PM
If you're looking at U.S.A. products, at that price range, Cannondales about it. You can usually get a good deal on last years Jeykll for about $1500. If you just want front suspension, you can get a F700 in that price range. The other option since you have a C400 is to upgrade the components. You could put an aftermarket suspension fork on that bike and put a different stem and handlebar to get you in a more "forward" position. I'd also switch out the seat to a smaller saddle. (Believe me it'll actually be more comfy on longer rides). Change the slick tires to knobbies. The rest of the bike should hold up fine.
Depending on which fork you choose, these modifications will cost between $300 and $700.
Fork: $150 - 450, you can get a close-out great fork for $300.
Stem: $30 - 80 any 1-1/8" will work.
Handlebar: $30 - 100 depending on either a flat bar or short riser, aluminum or carbon
Seat: $30 - 90 Heck, you can find some for $5-10.
Tires: $40 - 100 If you want basic ones, they're $20 each. If you want Kevlar beaded, they can run $50 ea.
plus labor to install. figure another $30.00, or sometimes free if you buy all the parts from your LBS.
05-14-02, 01:33 PM
Sheesh, I wish I could find a bike shop that would install all that for $30!! I'd have to pay $50 where I'm from.
05-14-02, 01:46 PM
I work saturdays for a shop, and I just figured, if you buy all the parts from the shop, they're making money from the mark-up. The labor is just enough to cover the mechanics time to do it. The labor is only really a matter of cutting down the steerer tube and setting the race $10-15. Installing a stem is brainless, and swapping shifters and brakes from one handlebar to another is easy as well. Especially since you're going from a 2.5" riser bar to lets assume a flat bar, you shouldn't have to cut any cables. This means you only have to remove the grips and loosen 4 bolts. swap em over and retighten. You may have to do a quick basic tune-up to make sure the bike shifts and brakes well, but that's about it! This complete job start to finish should take an experienced mechanic about 25-30 minutes top!
If you buy the mechanic lunch or at least bring him a soda or gatorade, you might even it the same day and get your bike wiped clean and your chain lubed in the process!
At least that's the way we work!
05-14-02, 03:11 PM
Giant and Kona would be the two companies I would suggest. Personaly I perfer Kona since I have ridden there bikes since they first came out and have never had a problem with them. Their Out of Bounds series are great all around bikes. They are able to handle the sickest drops and you can stin be comfortable on them when doing 4+ hour rides. The Giant are great also. They are abit easier to ride up hills because they don't bob as much do to their susspension.
05-18-02, 03:13 PM
Just one thing, do a little research on 2001 models and remember to dicker. You can make your money go quite a bit farther ... I picked up a Rocky Mountain this spring for $500.00 less than retail. I'd never offered less than the sticker price (they had already marked it down) but simply didn't have enough to buy the bike. When I offered them less they didn't even hesitate. I might add, though, that they were less than thrilled about honoring the tune-up guarantee. Not a problem in my case, but something to think about. Good luck. Kona kicks butt as well ...
05-18-02, 04:47 PM
One other thing - Like Martin said, you might want to do some more research about a few particular bikes and then narrow down your search before buying one. The worst thing you could do would be to buy one on impulse and then find it uncofortable/unsuitable for your riding style. At least take it on a good test ride first.
What about a Trek? I have not seen anyone mention their bikes and last time I check they were made in the USA. I cannot suggest a specific model that meets your price range, but like a lot of other people said, go to your local shop find one you like and see what kind of deals or sales they are having. There should be some good sales going on now with shops clearing out the 02' models and makeing room for the new 03' bikes. When I bought my bike I saved about $200 on a sale, then saved another 15% off my girlfriends bike because I bought both at the same time.
05-26-02, 04:15 PM
I have a KOna stuff. love it.....I 've taken it to hell and back . its also very versitile, I ride trials on it.
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