Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-09-02, 01:03 PM   #1
1320Carlsbad
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Carlsbad, Ca
Bikes:
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Money or Muscle

Ok quick question for good and bad riders. If your skill level is low but you have the funds to buy a expensive bike should you. I'm seeing a very nice bike might hurt you at entry level skills more than help you. Is this true, or is it like skiing where you can't use it to its full potential and you can just grow into it. I'm looking at buying a Scapel 3000 but I haven't ridden serious in 6 years. But I belive I have the ability once back in shape to increase my skill lever rather fast. Sorry for all the NEWBIE questions but I promiss to make it up with informative post in the futur.
1320Carlsbad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-02, 01:15 PM   #2
ljbike
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes:
Posts: 1,049
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Welcome to the forums. Most people ask "How much should I spend?" You are asking, "Am I spending too much?" In my opinion, you can never spend too much. Buy the best you can afford. It is cheaper than buying several less expensive bikes until you get better and can afford to "move up". Good equipment makes the relearning and the riding much more enjoyable with out the frustrations of possible equipment failure. That doesn't mean good equipment won't fail if mistreated, but not in normal useage.
__________________
ljbike
ljbike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-02, 03:01 PM   #3
a2psyklnut
NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
 
a2psyklnut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
Posts: 7,964
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Like most equipment dependent sports, the gear won't make you a better athlete, but it won't hurt either! Buy what you can afford and grow into it! If you buy a good bike from the start, you won't be limited by it as you improve! Sure you can spend $600 and get a good bike, but you sound a lot like myself and won't be happy with it in a short period of time. My philosophy is to buy the best (from the start) take care of it and have fun!

L8R
__________________
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
"Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger
a2psyklnut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-02, 04:38 PM   #4
cyberace
Member
 
cyberace's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Raynham, MA
Bikes:
Posts: 36
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I agree, just buy the best bike you can afford... just make sure you can afford it, that's the most important. And if things break, you can always replace them with higher end components!
cyberace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-02, 05:12 PM   #5
JRA
Senior Member
 
JRA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: St. Louis
Bikes:
Posts: 945
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally posted by 1320Carlsbad
If your skill level is low but you have the funds to buy a expensive bike should you.
If you truly have the funds, yes. Provided you're sure you're buying the right type of bike, the bike fits you, and you're sure you're going to continue riding.
Quote:
I'm seeing a very nice bike might hurt you at entry level skills more than help you. Is this true,...
I don't think so.
JRA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-02, 05:25 PM   #6
JaredMcDonley
huh?
 
JaredMcDonley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Gainesville, Florida - UF
Bikes:
Posts: 376
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I say go all out anf get the best that you can buy. I let the bike shop tell me the other way around was better and the only person it is better for is them! Oh well the bike i got is fine for now . . .

With whatever you get, just make sure to have fun with it!

Jared
JaredMcDonley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-02, 06:36 PM   #7
riderx
BFSSFG old timer
 
riderx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Fredrock
Bikes:
Posts: 1,913
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well, I'm going to go against the grain on this one. It's the rider, not the bike. That said, don't run out and buy a Huffy!

Buy yourself a decent solid bike. Then, as your skills progress, you're going to know better what you want in your bike, how you want it to feel, what works and doesn't work for you. If you plop down a fat wad on cash on a nice high end bike, and then realize it's not the bike for you as you develop as a rider, you'll either sell it and take a loss or stick with it because it's a nice and expensive bike - even if it's not right for you. Also, as you develop your skills (or redevelop), you're going to be wasting parts along the way. An XTR rear derailluer won't stand up any better to being bashed against a rock than an LX will (in fact, it probably will fair worse) but it's a lot more expensive to replace.

Most important of all, get a bike with a frame that fits you.
riderx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-02, 07:36 PM   #8
Maelstrom 
Wood Licker
 
Maelstrom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Whistler,BC
Bikes: Transition Dirtbag, Kona Roast 2002 and specialized BMX
Posts: 16,885
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I would say get a decent bike. Practice, practice, practice. If you jump on a high end bike it will make some tricks and such seem easier. Which doesn't help in the long run for skills. Besides when you first get back into it you will run into trees and land hard more often I would rather be fixing a cheaper bike then a 4000 bike. Both break when used by rookies.
Maelstrom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-02, 08:07 AM   #9
greatnexus
Member
 
greatnexus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Queens, NY
Bikes:
Posts: 32
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Agreed. Get a good entry-level bike. Once you learn more about the sport and bikes in general...plunge in and get a high-end bike. The entry-level can now become a beater for a friend to ride along or for your commute.
greatnexus is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:17 PM.