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Old 04-18-05, 11:23 PM   #1
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Wanted to know which if these bikes is the best bang for my buck

Hey guys im new to the sport of mtb and was trying to see what would be the best type of rig i could get for about a 1000 usd im looking for a xc hardtail

my only major requirements are durabilty and weight and disc brakes would always be nice

ive looked at these bikes so far but yet test ridden any so far. Will probably do so in the next few weeks or so


speciliazed stumjumper disc ( this is my favorite bike so far i love the fork its really sweet Fox F80RL, 80mm travel and the bike is really light at around 25lbs)

Kona cinder cone,caldera,kula

trek 6700 disc

giant rainier

i know im askin a bit much but i jsut need seem help choosing the right bike

thanx in advance

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Old 04-19-05, 09:01 AM   #2
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I don't much about the other bikes but I know most of the giants I have looked at have seemed like they cost too much for what they are giving you.
also, people here loved specialized so, go figure.
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For what it's worth, I just purchased a Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo a few weeks ago. I love it!

Hoo Koo E Koo

I paid 820.00 for the bike and upgraded to Avid BB 7's which brought the total to about a grand.

I was in your shoes a month or so ago and I made myself crazy. I compared bikes, researched, even made spread sheets of all bikes in my price range with the components offered. You can go round and round with yourself but your best bet is to test ride as many as possible and buy what feels right.

I've only been able to ride my new bike a few times but so far so good. The Genesis Geometry fits me well and does me right - some people love it, some people hate it.

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I am in a similar situation. I'm looking for a XC bike, but I THINK I want full suspension. As such I have been looking at hardtails too and if I go that wat I would get the Gary Fisher X-Caliber. I like the 29" wheels and the components seem pretty good for an all around good riding bike. I am 6'-2" tall and the 29" wheels just seem a better fit for a guy my size, don't know if smaller/lighter folks would fell this way.

One shop here in Phoenix had some great prices on 2004 Kona bikes and they seemed to have a high level components for the price. They did not have any Kona's in my size or to fit my riding style, but I did take the opportunity to test a 2004 Stinky (8" of suspension travel, built solid like a bridge!), impressive bike but not what I want.

Best of luck to you in finding out what you want AND being able to get it in a timely manner.
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You'd like the Caldera.
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thanx guys for all your replies next week im gonna go test ride all these bikes

im kind of a small guy 5"4 140lbs so im looking for something light and i really want disc brakes because i would like the option of switching tires to slicks for commuting

justb based on componentry and weight for now my chocie seems to be the specialized but well see what happens next week on the test runs
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thanx guys for all your replies next week im gonna go test ride all these bikes

im kind of a small guy 5"4 140lbs so im looking for something light and i really want disc brakes because i would like the option of switching tires to slicks for commuting

justb based on componentry and weight for now my chocie seems to be the specialized but well see what happens next week on the test runs
Ride a bunch of bikes. The best one will be the one you feel comfortable riding. Good luck.
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thanx guys for all your replies next week im gonna go test ride all these bikes

im kind of a small guy 5"4 140lbs so im looking for something light and i really want disc brakes because i would like the option of switching tires to slicks for commuting

justb based on componentry and weight for now my chocie seems to be the specialized but well see what happens next week on the test runs
I was seriously thinking about the Kona Kula before I bought my bike. I'd check it out because it has excellent components for the money...

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Don't rule out a bike just because it is a pound or two heavier than another. Your fit and comfort on the bike are at least as important as weight. You can allways swap out saddles or bars after you have a few rides in and want to try a bit different position.
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Not to throw a wrench in your spokes, mgomez, but I believe you said you wanted to spend about $1,000.00. The Stumpjumper Disc lists for $1,500.00 USD.
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your right but 1500usd is just the msrp my loca supergo sell its for about 1150 with taxes include
and also just to clarify the 1000usd is just for the bike i have extra money for gear
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Don't rule out a bike just because it is a pound or two heavier than another. Your fit and comfort on the bike are at least as important as weight. You can allways swap out saddles or bars after you have a few rides in and want to try a bit different position.
i agree thats why i said im gonna make my final decision after i test these bikes out
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your right but 1500usd is just the msrp my loca supergo sell its for about 1150 with taxes include
and also just to clarify the 1000usd is just for the bike i have extra money for gear
I'd go for it then. A Dulie is a lot easier to ride than a HT...
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