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    New Guy with many questions

    Hello all I ready to buy my first mountain bike. I would like to buy 2 one for me and one for the wife. We both work outside averyday in the landscaping/lawn mowing businesss.I would like to buy bikes in the 300 and less range. I know you wont get much for this but they are just for the weekend and play. Where do I start. I want a good brand. Suspension would be great but doubt I will find much in that price.I'm in Ohio. I saw a Trek 820 used on ebay that looked good. New or used does not matter to me.

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    Whereabouts in Ohio?

    You can certainly find a nice used Trek, the Specialized Hardrock is a good solid machine. There are a lot of excellent used MTBs out there. You probably want to get what is known as a 'hardtail'. That has front suspension, but no suspension in the rear. Unless you plan on heading down some really gnarly singletrack, the hardtail should work well, and you can use it for street riding as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WS6TA View Post
    Hello all I ready to buy my first mountain bike.
    Where do I start. I want a good brand. Suspension would be great but doubt I will find much in that price.
    Look at Jamis bikes. We sell them at the bike shop I work at. You can get a decent NEW bike for about $300 with front suspension.

    BTW: welcome to BF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    Look at Jamis bikes. We sell them at the bike shop I work at. You can get a decent NEW bike for about $300 with front suspension.

    BTW: welcome to BF.
    I should have let you answer this, Ron .

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    Thanks for the replies. I found a Trek 4500 used for 300. It looks new. Most all I have read tells me they are a good bike. I might check it out tomorrow. Should I look at anything particular ?

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    Look at the chainrings, rear cassette, and chain for wear. Not a bargain if you must replace those as soon as you get the bike home.
    Look for cracks around the welds/joints, bents in the frame, rusted cable so the braking or shifting doesn't work. Look at the tires - wear and dry rot.
    Look at the wheels. Are they out of round? Do they need to be trued?
    The list goes on and on but those are probably the big things.

    Why not buy new and then you won't have any worries about these things?
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    The Trek used bike is a 18" so I decided it would be to tall for me. I'm only 5.7-8" tall . I read some post about bike sizing and I need a 16-17 tops. I looked at a new specialized hardrock at a local store today it was a 17" for 399.00 I road it . It was pretty nice. I think a 16" would be better if I could find one.

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