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    Looking to step up

    Hello all.

    I'm 25 and looking to get back into biking for recreational and fitness purposes. I'm not sure what type of bike I need, but I'm pretty sure it's on the mountain bike side of the spectrum. I'm used to WalMart type bikes, but have ridden a bike with a prototype Viatek(at the time, now Vyatek [friend's Dad is CEO of this company]) High Zoot (model name) fully carbon fiber frame. I didn't at the time know what a privilege it was to ride such a beast, but I am here now and looking for suggestions for a good starter full suspension bike to go riding with. That said, can anyone point me in the right direction?

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    Hi Matt...why do you think you want to go with a MTB? What are your future plans for riding?


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    Well, I have access to trails within 1 mi of the house so I thought it would be good to go with a mountain bike. Do you have any words of wisdom that may advise me otherwise? Thanks for the advice!

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    Well, that's a great reason! Are these fire roads, or real downhill trails? If they are essentially fire roads, or just unpaved roads, you can probably make do without a full suspension. The full suspension adds a lot of cost to a MTB. You could look into what's known as a hardtail, which will usually be a bit cheaper (the hardtail has no suspension on the rear, and suspension in the front).

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    The Memphis area is fairly flat across the city, however there are some good trails that go around lakes and through woods and such. How much of a cost difference is there between a hard tail and full suspension? I'm just now starting to look around at options, and the choices seem near daunting when I don't myself know what I need. Again, this will be my first "real" bike after owning many cheapos.

    Appreciate your insight,
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    Quote Originally Posted by stealth210 View Post
    The Memphis area is fairly flat across the city, however there are some good trails that go around lakes and through woods and such. How much of a cost difference is there between a hard tail and full suspension? I'm just now starting to look around at options, and the choices seem near daunting when I don't myself know what I need. Again, this will be my first "real" bike after owning many cheapos.

    Appreciate your insight,
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    The difference is in the front fork, and how it works. You should definitely take a look at the MTB forum and check it out. I am not very good at the newer MTBs, as I have an old school rigid MTB!

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