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Old 04-13-08, 04:11 PM   #1
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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.

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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.

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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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