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Old 05-28-11, 09:45 PM   #1
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New to the forums I have been reading and I think it's time I signed up and started riding. I don't have a bike yet since I'm still clueless in what I want, I know my budget but still don't know which way to go with it.
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Where will you be riding the most: off road, trails, or paved streets?
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Look up your local bicycle co-op. They can advise you and help you pick out a repaired vintage bike.
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Well I was wanting to ride on paved roads but when I can go on trails... I am considering getting a Mtb first then a road bike. I am looking at a few Fuji Nevada4.0, trek 4300 08' or even a specialized hard rock. Just hard being first bike with a 150-250$ budget.
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I like you did the MTB first, got a Trek Fuel EX 6 back in 07, love it but it is heavy with a full suspension. I am now looking for a road bike, I haven't narrowed down the brand or even style I want.
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I am looking at a few Fuji Nevada4.0, trek 4300 08' or even a specialized hard rock. Just hard being first bike with a 150-250$ budget.
Welcome! If you've found a 4300 in good condition in that price range, that would seem to be the best of the 3 that you mention.
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If youre going to get a new MTB and not a vintage one, look for something with front shocks that lock.

-This from rescent experience shopping for a MTB with a friend.
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If youre going to get a new MTB and not a vintage one, look for something with front shocks that lock.
That's my preference too, if you're getting a suspension fork (the Fuji Nevada 4.0 the Original Poster (OP) mentioned has a rigid fork, which I prefer on pavement or gravel trails). That's why I recommended the Trek 4300 out of the 3 -- it is the only one with a lockout suspension fork (unless you go up to Hardrock Sport Disc), so you can make the fork become rigid when you want, which as I said is really better for riding on pavement, gravel and many packed-dirt trails, and is also better for climbing hills.

The reason rigid is better in those situations is that the "bounce" of a suspension fork can actually make it a little harder (it lessens your "power transfer") -- this is especially so if you're a larger rider like me (there's a section in the forums called Clydesdales/Athenas for us).

One other bike around the same price range is the Scott Aspect 50/55 (50 has V-brakes, 55 has disc). On any bike with a lockout suspension fork, you'll probably have to find a good deal on Craigslist or eBay to stay in your price range.

I do think that if the OP is not planning on doing a lot of off-road riding, the Nevada 4.0 might be a good choice -- it's on sale at Performance Bike for $299 now, and I've been impressed by the quality of the Fuji bikes that I've ridden recently (haven't ridden a Nevada yet, but hopefully soon). Also, if you don't care about locking the fork (some people don't), here are a couple of other budget bikes with front suspensions that have decent reviews online: Schwinn High Timber and Nashbar AT-1

Hope this helps!
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