Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Boston Burbs
Bikes: Diamondback Sorrento, 1978(ish) Peugeot PRN10e
you just bought a ski boat but can't afford a bicycle? Ok. Here is what i would do if I were you. Go to LBS and buy an entry-level to maybe mid-level mountain bike. Do NOT get the first "level" that changes feature: IE The Dominato 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 all have, for example, rim breaks. BUT, the Dominator 4.0 has disk breaks, just like the more expensive Carbon Fiber Dominator! Don't buy the 4.0. The breaks are ****e and you would be better served with the kick-ass rim breaks on the 3.0 and save money too. Also, buy buying a lower level bike you avoid griping over the threshold where more expensive means less weight ( and therefore, arguably, a less durable bike).
Tube tires are fine
Aluminum frames are fine
Steel frames are fine
26 inch wheels are fine (and stronger than 29s)
Used is fine
all the Major Brands are pretty much the same thing quality wise.
I absolutely adore my Trek 820 for the uses you have outlined. It's the cheapest thing Trek sells and mine has been indestructible under my 230 pounds. I don't think the other brands offer a steel frame MTB new any more.
Hope this helps! Slide over to the Clydesdale forum and check things out there too.
"I'm built like a marine mammal. I love the cold! "-Cosmoline
"MTBing is cheap compared to any motorsport I've done. It's very expensive compared to jogging."-ColinL
1999-ish Diamondback Sorrento (I'm not Dead Yet! I feal happy. I think I'll go for a walk!)
1980ish Raleigh Marathon (Vintage Steel)
2007 Gary Fisher Advance (giving the Sorrento a break)
2006 Trek 820 (Captain Amazing)
2010 Specialized Tricross (Back in Black)
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