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Old 06-13-05, 05:35 PM   #1
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Need Advice for First MTB!

Im looking for a quality MTB in like $400-$600 range, i mostly do XC stuff and a lil freeride. Im looking for a bike on the lighter side if possible. Any suggestions?
Right now im looking at:
specialized rockhopper
GT avalanche 1.0 disc or 2.0 disc
Cannondale F300
Specialized HArdrock Sport Disc or Comp Disc

I'm about 5'8" and 150 lbs just so you know

All help is appreciated

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Old 06-13-05, 05:38 PM   #2
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I may be wrong (I doubt it) but I don't think any of those bikes you mentioned can be had for that price range....

Just remember: The Lighter, the More $$$$ it costs....
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i've checked, and all those listed are in that price range, at least from teh sources i found. for example
only the lowest of the specialized rockhopper line is in that range.

we're talking US dollars just so you no
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Old 06-13-05, 05:53 PM   #4
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and i forgot to mention, i like the trek bruiser 1 also
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the hardrock is a great starter bike, solid parts and a good price... go with it
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ya i was leaning towards that or the rockhopper, i like the comp disc, being that its still a good price and the parts are better from what ive seen
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I checked out the local bike shop

I have the same dilema. We're about the same heightwise and weightwise too!

It depends on what style you want. From what I gather, the Trek Bruiser would be competition for the Specialized Hardrock, while the Specialized Rockhopper would be competition to the Trek 3900-4500.
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also check out the 500$ bike thread.
The "around" $500 MTB thread.
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go to your dicks and check out their line of northface bikes. ironhorse frames, marzocchi fork, disc brakes, race quality shifters, best line for your price is pumori about $500
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Werd... Dicks? Dont go there, poor assembly, no help if ya need it, stick to a LBS.. And the specialized is a solid bike i think, Ive got a stumpy FSR and its held up real well so far, the only thing i had to upgrade was teh rims..But i would say specialized is a decent starter bike.
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ya i was leaning towards that or the rockhopper, i like the comp disc, being that its still a good price and the parts are better from what ive seen

You should know that I am fairly new to MTB, but I think that both the GT Avalanche 1.0 Disc and the Diamondback Topanga '05 are better choices than the Comp Disc.

Put the GT side by side with the Comp Disc. The GT has a better fork, shifter, derailleurs, discs, crank, etc. ...

...all for about $50 MSRP more. Many on this board hold a grudge against GT because they were bought by a company that supplies crap bikes to Wal-Mart, but I think GT's are underrated.
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You should know that I am fairly new to MTB, but I think that both the GT Avalanche 1.0 Disc and the Diamondback Topanga '05 are better choices than the Comp Disc.

Put the GT side by side with the Comp Disc. The GT has a better fork, shifter, derailleurs, discs, crank, etc. ...

...all for about $50 MSRP more. Many on this board hold a grudge against GT because they were bought by a company that supplies crap bikes to Wal-Mart, but I think GT's are underrated.
I honestly didt know that GT was still making quality bikes..I thought they had gone downhill, at least the few that i have seen on the trails were = to trash...Ill have to look stuff up before i assume again..but im still a bit biased toward specialized..
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