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Old 06-10-09, 08:28 PM   #1
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need help buying a new bike

i am new at buying bikes, but i will need to buy one for college and other stuff. the region where i will be using it has a lot of hills as well. the bike i'm using now is a roadmaster that i found on the side of the road. also, i am about 220-240lbs.

so far i'm looking at:
raleigh mojave 5
trek 4300 disc

and i will probably need:
hard tail
not 1 speed
front suspension?
budget is around $4-500

any help would be appreciated.
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Old 06-10-09, 08:58 PM   #2
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i'm also thinking it will be a mountain bike.
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Old 06-10-09, 09:19 PM   #3
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check out the forge sawback 5xx my friend just bought one for 375, awesome bike
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Old 06-11-09, 07:11 PM   #4
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would a trek 4300 disc be a good bike to start off with?
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Old 06-15-09, 11:07 AM   #5
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I've got the Trek 4300, and I beat the heck out of it regularly on trails, hills, and more serious mountain biking. I love it, and certainly recommend it. I would say, however, that you could save yourself some money by just getting the regular v-brake model. Disc brakes are probably overkill unless you're really hurtling down super technical mountain trails. As a point of reference, I'm 6'2", 210 lbs and the 19.5" 4300 fits me beautifully.
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Old 06-18-09, 09:16 AM   #6
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I have a Mojave 8.0 and I love it. I beat the crap out of it so far and I have had no problems at all. I was 5'10 295 when I started riding it in Feb. I am now 257 and its still problem free after 1500 miles. The 5.0 is very similar, the main difference is the lockout front shock which is nice. I ride my wife's Trek 3700 when the weather is really crappy and I like that too. You can't really go wrong with either. Just compare the components and pick the one that suits you better.
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just curious... why are you thinking about mountain bikes? are you taking it off-road?
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