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Old 06-02-05, 05:03 PM   #1
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Entry-Level Freeride

howdy yall,

I need help with an entry level freeride bike.

I'm looking at some drops, dj's, and the ocassional backwoods ride with my friends (who have hardtails)

any help?

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Old 06-02-05, 05:06 PM   #2
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Take a look at the freeride hardtail thread at the top of the page it has numerous choices.
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Old 06-02-05, 05:11 PM   #3
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i'm looking at these bikes, they don't look like they could handle some backwoods trails.
they look more like bmx bikes with ridged tires.
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Old 06-02-05, 06:55 PM   #4
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That is what freeride is, basically things you would do on a BMX bike except bigger. Most freeride bikes will look liek a BMX bike, if your friends bikes don't they probably aren't designed for freeride. You need to decide between a freeride bike or a xc/allmountain bike before you do anything else.
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Old 06-02-05, 07:00 PM   #5
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Look towards the end of that thread.

Hardtail or Squishy?
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Old 06-03-05, 08:04 AM   #6
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take a look at the norco shore hardtail line. those are their hardtail all around freeride bikes. also look at the kona hartails, they're pretty good.

one of the guys i rode with last week was on a jamis komodo. man, that's a sweet frame. burlier than i thought i'd be. definitely something i'd consider if i was going to get another bike.

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Gambi,

What you are wanting is really the job of two bikes. I was in your shoes too, I really enjoyed the BMX feel and wanted the ability to mess around, wanted beefy-ness so that I did not have to worry about durability, AND I wanted to be able to cover some moderate distances on trails AND be able to keep up with the family rides on the paved paths.

I decided that I really wanted the free ride abilities the most, so I choose my bike based on the geometry I wanted for messing around. I have found that since I choose a decent quality bike, I am not having any trouble keeping up on the trails and the paths.

Good components, tire selection and a quick release seat post will help you cross over a lot.

Though I am not going to be keeping up with the roadies, or the XC fitness guys, I do just fine with some moderate distance and I have the feel I want when I see some fun stuff.
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trek bruiser
Giant STP
Kona Shred
Gary Fisher Mullet
Specialized P1 (single speed)

These are all under $600. The Bruiser and STP can be had for $400 or less but will need some upgrade or not pending on what type of terrain you are riding and abuse. When I was looking, I wanted something that can handle the abuse of drops and going FAST down hills. So geometry played a role in my selection. The STP and P1 (really heavy) has a frame more built for DJ's and urban riding and would suck going any type of climbs on trails. The Bruiser and Shred has simular geometry but there was a $200 price gap between the two. Their geometry is a cross between a BMX and XC bike and shows better potental for being more well rounded at everything thrown at it. Kona has a real good rep for taking abuse, Trek is coming to the freeride market with the bruiser and at a cheap and more affordable price to get on a bike and start rolling. The GF Mullet.....well I heard some bad things about that and it's wasn't one of my choices.
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Another 30 bux will get you the bruiser 2, depending on what your price range is. I have heard the Bruiser1 is a good deal lighter however.
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What kind of bad things have you heard about the mullet? I like mine. I do a little bit of everything with it.
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You can just get a basic hardtail, any brand. Trek 4900, 6500.. Specialized hardrock..Kona scrap/shred.. All of these bikes can do jumps, drops, and backwood riding.
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Trek Bruiser i'd stand by it, now i haven't really sampled all that many others but the Bruiser so far has been pretty awesome.
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You can just get a basic hardtail, any brand. Trek 4900, 6500.. Specialized hardrock..Kona scrap/shred.. All of these bikes can do jumps, drops, and backwood riding.
I wouldn't suggest doing much jumping or drops on any xc bike. The Konas, yes. But those treks, I wouldn't do drops on that;s for sure. Might as well get a FR bike to begin with than buy an xc bike and planning on doing drops with it.
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bruiser 1 has been fine for me. no complaints so far even though it's a cheap bike. but maybe that's because i'm an amateur.
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the only thing about the Bruiser 1 i haven't liked so far has been the lower level components , but the frame is amazing
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one of the guys i rode with last week was on a jamis komodo. man, that's a sweet frame. burlier than i thought i'd be. definitely something i'd consider if i was going to get another bike.
The '05 Komodo's frame is pretty freeride oriented but if the '04 frame is heavy-duty enough and you don't mind the design being for a shorter fork, it makes a good general purpose frame. I keep saying frame because I do not care for Jamis' selection of forks as well the fact the I'm building a Jamis Komodo FX '04 frame into my own bizarre XC kind of bike (they're very, very cheap at JensonUSA right now; I paid $125 for mine ). It'll be done as soon as Nashbar coughs up my pedals (I've waited eight days since supposed shipping and still counting), I'll post some pictures...

That said, you may not be wanting to build up your own bike and pay for tools and/or labor; in that case, ignore me .

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