Join Date: May 2008
Location: Akron, OH
Bikes: '90s GT AllTerra Timberline with GM hub motor, Raleigh Competition, '81 Lotus Super Pro Aero, Schwinn S-25
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Sounds like you want to find a higher quality FS bike in used condition. You might wait a long time to find one.
For a big box store bike, check out the Schwinn S-25 at Target, ~$245. I love mine. MAKE SURE you find one with the Shimano trigger shifters and NOT the SRAM triggers. The Shimanos work perfectly, the SRAMS "feel" like plastic and I have read a few accounts of the ratchet gearing inside them losing teeth. I personally broke two sets of the SRAMS on the store floor testing them out. As of July 2009, the S-25s appear to have the Shimanos. (technically the Schwinn's are all Pacific cycles made bikes, but this particular bike is NOT junk.)
Otherwise, for a bit more, an entry level Trek or Giant would be best... full suspension, I don't know.
Used you'll be hit or miss for one that isn't beat to hell. Stay away from a Next or Mongoose (same bike from Pacific and heavy as hell)
Are you saying that you want to go stump jumping with a motor on the bike or do you mean groomed rail-trails?