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    Recommended Hard Tail bike for $300 or less?

    Hello everyone,
    I'm new to this forum and my name is Andrew or Andy. I have been getting more involved into the biking scene and I plan on doing weekly biking trips from 25-60 miles long. Currently I use a bike I paid 80 dollars for that was from Sears. I feel it is time to replace it with something decent and reliable. I was biking in the streets of Washington DC the other day and with my horrible brakes, I almost crashed into this woman.

    What bike, brand and model, would you fellow people here at the forum recommend for a person like me to buy for $300 dollars or less? I am looking for a single suspension bike as usually I am city biking(30%), paved trail biking(60%) and some off road biking(10%).

    I hope to make a nice long stay at this forum!

    Thanks ,
    Andy

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    For that price, the KHS Alite 500 sounds good. I have the Alite 1000, which runs about $200 more. If I had known what I would actually be doing with it, I would have bought the Alite 500 instead. Here is a link. My LBS sells it for $300 -

    http://www.khscanada.com/2003Bikes/al500.htm
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    I would recommend a specialized hardrock. http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkMode...untain&my=2003

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    have to agree with Klein. The hardrock is a good little bike for the money.

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    Look at a Iron Horse Warrior as well.

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    i just bouht a mongoose from target, an it was prety good. only cost me $98, tax included. it rides realy good when i ride across the grass in centrel park.

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    I would go with the KHS!
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    The TREK 4100 or 4300 would be another option. These are both aluminum bikes that you could get for around $300. My LBS is selling the 4300 for about $320 I believe. The 4100 should be about 40-50 bucks less. Or you could go with the steel 820 for under $300(retail is $299) I'm thinking about getting either a 4300 or a 4500 myself, just have to make up my mind and go pick it up.
    Last edited by dragracer; 06-18-03 at 12:17 PM.

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    i'm also in that price range, how does the diamondback response and topanga compare to the KHS and the Specialized HArdrock?

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    I just ordered the Specialized Hardrock. It was $315 at my LBS. I would look at that or the Giant Rincon. I stayed away from the Treks in that price range because the equipment didn't seem to be as good and the ride wasn't as nice. Plus I have heard that with Trek you are paying a little extra for the big name. Hope you find something that you like and remember to make you final choice based off of what feels right.

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    Thanks for all of your responses. I am interested in the Trek 820, 4100(particularly), or the Specialized hard rock. What are the weights of each?

    What is the advantage or disadavantage of a aluminum or steel frame?

    Thanks!

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    Originally posted by andykupe
    What is the advantage or disadavantage of a aluminum or steel frame?
    Aluminum is lighter. Very strong, as long a torque is not applyed in an unconditional manner. Can be spendy. Can be recycled!

    Steel is a bit heavier. Very strong and can handle most unconditional torque. Usually costs less than aluminum.

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    Hi there...

    Check out the Specialized Hardrock, Trek 4100 or the Norco Scrambler...all within/approx. your price range.

    Btw: Does anyone know where to find the weights of specialized bikes?
    Thanks!

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