I've been thinking about this ever since I'm not going to ride my 7.5FX until at least the frost heaves flatten out and the craters get filled. But a few weeks ago a guy came into the lbs with a mt bike with studs on the tires and I said, yeah, I could do that. Now I'm tired of looking at specs on manufacturers sites. And I really don't need anything that'll jump stumps, climb rocks or any of that stuff. Just a fat tired bike that I can ride when it's crappy out, late fall / early spring, and on the rail trails here which can be like quicksand.
Any suggestions for a basic Mt type bike?
Just find some cheap aluminum frame that has a lot of clearance for studded tires. You don't want those studs eating into your frame. You should be able to find a million used bikes that fit this description.
I have a little quirky thing about used bikes, like used cars. Don't know who used 'em, don't know how they drove 'em. I'll pay for new.
Unless it was a classic road bike, then I'd have no qualms. But ...... I don't want something that someone beat the hell out of. And with my limited knowledge, I could be taken. I know what wrenches are and how to use them but tell tale signs of abuse I'm not real keen on.
Specialized Hardrock Sport. It makes a great snow bike, or the Surly Pugsley.
I just went to the Specialized and Trek sites and was truly amazed at the prices.... kinda steep for me BUT.....
I have learned that a little more expensive bike like the 7.5FX is much more pleasurable to ride than my old Crossroads or even older Crossroads Hybrid. So I would spend some hard earned dough on a bike I enjoy as opposed to one to 'just get into the sport'. Here again, how much do I want to spend? About 700 - 800 I suppose. I understand that for another 200 you can have......... can't do it.
700-800 is good.
Then look at the Hardrock Pro Disc, it's well in that price range :D
Here's the dealer locater
A HardRock Sport I could live with the price. At the Specialized site is 420, that's great! How comfy is it? How much do you like riding it? You have to ride it to know.
I'll have to go to the lbs and ask their, in my opinion, great advise for the local conditions, they haven't wronged me yet.
You can do all the research you like online but when it comes down to it, the guys that ride in your area know what's best.
Thanks Tom, that's in the price range.
raliegh mojave 8.0 is within your price range and imo has good "bang for the buck" full deore with a nice fork for that price range...I was thinking about getting one when i got my MTB, but i didn't like the shop that sold them. def get the disc brakes if you will be riding in snow and other bad weather, i thought they might be gimmicky, but it is like night and day oncee things get wet and muddy. the mojave 8 comes with Avid mechanical discs, which i assume work well, my fluid brakes work like a dream
I am biased. After a few thousand miles commuting and riding all this winter, I'm happy and it has room for stds and rolls just fine with slicks. I have some used SPD pedals, a messenger bag and lights.
I've been happy for $500 and 3k miles.
I'd suggest a RockHopper over the HardRock. The HardRock is heavier and made for urban assault type riding...stairs, jumps, flat landing after drops, etc. The RockHopper...in plain, disc or Comp disc...is more crosscountry oriented, meaning lighter. It's still a tough machine but it's just nicer to ride for longer distances.
Originally Posted by WhaleOil
I picked this bike up as a winter beater. I re-greased all the bearings, added the fenders, lubed and adjusted everything, and made a rear rack out of flat alum stock. Its a blast.
Although there is nothing wrong with the Giant, I'd suggest paying a little more for a bike with a lock-out on the shock. There are times when you don't need the pogo stick on the front and the lock-out makes life a little easier.
Originally Posted by ban guzzi
My two current mountain bikes have them and, after spending years without a LO, I won't go back;)
I have the 2006 version of this bike and the thing is just awesome. I paid about $600 for it new. Now is is a little on the heavy side but so am I but the thing is built like a tank.
Originally Posted by heckler
yeah...thast the only bummer thing about this bike, really. I simply torqued down the "adjusters" till they wouldn't move. Not really lock out but hard enough for my commute.
Originally Posted by cyccommute
Okay, I'll chime in (finally!). I was over 400 pounds when I got my '07 Specialized Hardrock Sport in August of '06.. and I've never once regretted that purchase. That bike is a tank, and will take whatever I throw at it between it's teeth, chew it up, then spit it back at me. I've ridden it probably 1500 miles over the best and worst terrain possible. Below zero days in deep snow, brutally hot summer days flying over terrain that I probably shouldn't WALK on. It has never once had a spoke loosen, let alone break.
Have I had to do maintenance? Sure I have. I've replaced the following in those miles:
Tires: Pavement riding eats up the stockers, they lasted probably 1500 miles, but granted I should have replaced them 200-300 miles ago :). I replaced them with Specialized Nimbus Armadillos, and am planning on ordering a set of "The Captain 2-Bliss" for offroad usage.
Rear Pads: Weren't completely worn out, but they were getting low so I replaced them with Kool-Stops around mile 1500. Note that my Trek FX went through a set of pads on both wheels in about, oh, 700-800 miles.
Chain: Again, after 1500 miles it was pretty darned wore out, but still functional.. enough :). Replaced with a shimano.
Rear Der cable: By some sort of fluke, this was totally wore out. Replaced with a brand spank me new $2 cable :).
All in all, I can't complain at all. Counting the price I paid for it new, and the above upgrades + labor I have probably $500 into this bike. I'll probably ride it until it falls apart, the 'dillos have made it the UltraCommuter. :)