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Old 06-22-05, 06:42 PM   #1
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Hello All, need some help with the PURCHASE of a new MTB

hows it going all?? this is my first post and well for a while now i have been wanting to buy a mountain bike and there are so many to choose from, also i have limited myself to a 200 budget.
any and all help will be greatly appreciated, thanx!!
at the moment i am looking at several bikes.

i know huffy use to be a decent brand but i dont know how they stand up to other name brands.
Huffy

i wasnt even aware that honda make mtb's, so i dont know where they stand.
Honda

never heard of kent, so i dont know where they stand as well.
Kent

i dont know anything about the jeep bike brand.
Jeep

Jeep 2

so i have heard and know that mongoose is a good brand and is well known for good bikes, so thats what i think i am leaning to more.
Mongoose Pathfinder

Mongoose Maneuver

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Old 06-22-05, 06:57 PM   #2
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You'll probably want to delete your post. everyone here will tell you to save money and buy a "real" mountain bike, which i would also reccomend.
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You'll probably want to delete your post. everyone here will tell you to save money and buy a "real" mountain bike, which i would also reccomend.
well then, if thats the case im open to options. as i said im new to the whole bike scene so any and all help would be needed.

as it seems, you dont have anything usefull to say so dont bother posting. its very simple.
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What I said actually would be useful to you. Just look at the other posts where people ask similar questions, they get flamed so bad. My suggestion would be to check out the Specialized Hardrock series of bikes. You can get one for around 300-350 and I gaurantee its WAY better than those bikes you listed.
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What I said actually would be useful to you. Just look at the other posts where people ask similar questions, they get flamed so bad. My suggestion would be to check out the Specialized Hardrock series of bikes. You can get one for around 300-350 and I gaurantee its WAY better than those bikes you listed.
well if people are going to flame me cause i asked for some help, it only shows ignorance on thier part and they shouldnt bother posting.

see now that was more usefull, and thanx
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as it seems, you dont have anything usefull to say so dont bother posting. its very simple.
How to win friends and influence people, hey?

There's plenty of information within these forums on entry level mountain bikes.

Get yourself to a local bike shop (not a big sports store like Dicks) and have a look at the options. Specialized Hardrock is one of the most solid entry level bikes you can get.
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well if people are going to flame me cause i asked for some help, it only shows ignorance on thier part and they shouldnt bother posting.

see now that was more usefull, and thanx
Dude, lay off the attitude.
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How to win friends and influence people, hey?

There's plenty of information within these forums on entry level mountain bikes.

Get yourself to a local bike shop (not a big sports store like Dicks) and have a look at the options. Specialized Hardrock is one of the most solid entry level bikes you can get.
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i dont have an attitude.

the people who flame, just cause they know better doesnt mean they can flame someone who knows less, and thats what pisses me off and i was just letting it be known.
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Yeah you really aren't going to get much help that way. Stubacca's right.
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i dont have an attitude.

the people who flame, just cause they know better doesnt mean they can flame someone who knows less, and thats what pisses me off and i was just letting it be known.
You're not getting flamed. Ease up.
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everything like this has its own flow and rythem, just lay low and get used to how the forum goes and how the people in it are.

oh yea before someone else tells you i have seen lots of people getting. . . um should i say repremanded for using aol lingo.

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yes. look out for the tampa fan named Raiyn. he will visit you at night if you use "kuz".
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Nice bike.

A Bruiser 2 is probably going to be a bit outside the budget of someone who's currently limited to $200.

Bruiser 1 is definitely worth a look - street price seems to be a shade under $400 around here.
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The Giant Boulder SE and the Specialized Hardrock Sport should be close to your price range as is teh Trek 820. The reason people don't want you to buy from a major sportings good store instead of a dedicated bike store is because usually they are improperly assembled and not really intended for off-road use.

So those three bikes are worth a look for you and should be only a little outside the budget. Also, stay away from dual suspension bikes as they are heavy and are unnecessary/ineffective until you get very high end.

Good luck. People will help, just ask nicely.
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bruiser 1' frame looks nice though
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i would go with the bruiser if you arent going to be doing xc(cross country)
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heck, i would go with the bruiser even if you were doing XC
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Go with the Honda!

hahaha... No, I'd reccomend anything with a Honda motor in it.

Trek does have some bikes that seem like they might go under $300. I looked at the local shop before I got my Bruiser, and some looked nice, but I was going for something really good. You just have to ask for the sales.
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I think he's gone-so soon. Perhaps we'll see him in a few weeks with broken bike questions. But if you do come back... unfortunately all the bikes you've mentioned are not taken very seriously in these forums, not because were bike snobs or because we want to hurt you but because they are not good bikes and they will either fail and hurt you or disapoint you sufficiently that you give up mountain biking which we dont want. The best thing you can do is go to a local bike shop, not a sports store or a wal mart but a bike shop because all they do is sell bikes and bike gear and they know what they are about. Have a look around at entry bikes, save your money if you have to, the bikes in the LBS will be better quality and give you more pleasure (miles) than any others. Good Luck.
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Why "X"-Mart bikes suck
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What's with all the attitude? The guy comes in asking for advice, and gets treated like an *******, just for asking 'the wrong question'? geesh

So far, nobody has bothered to explain what is wrong with department store bikes and exactly _why_ he should get a real bike. From the thread so far, if i was him, i'd conclude that bike people are snotty bastards and I wouldn't even go into a bike shop for fear of being treated the same way, but in person!
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Get a Kona, they have an entry level model for around $350.00 or... get a Specialized Hardrock Sport, also $350.00

Either bikes will get you through your first few years of mountain biking.

Department store bikes are made with cheap frame material, cheap components and do not come with any decent service or bike warranty, WHEN (not if) something breaks you're stuck with junk yard scrap.
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^^ Geez, calm down.

Ok, sell everything and kitchen sink stores are not places to buy bikes. They know less about bikes then your average local bike shop person. A bike shop person specializes in bikes, so he/she will know a lot more and will be very helpful, not just another assosiate. They know what they're talking about and are a lot more helpful when buying bikes.

A bike shop person can help you decide what kind of riding you will do, and which one will suit your style. Bike shops will also help you if something goes wrong, because people will most likely have the same problem that you have if you ever have any. They will know what to do. A person at an all-in-one-wonder shop will not help you and will probably not even care.
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What's with all the attitude? The guy comes in asking for advice, and gets treated like an *******, just for asking 'the wrong question'? geesh

So far, nobody has bothered to explain what is wrong with department store bikes and exactly _why_ he should get a real bike. From the thread so far, if i was him, i'd conclude that bike people are snotty bastards and I wouldn't even go into a bike shop for fear of being treated the same way, but in person!
See posts #15, #20, #21, and the suggestions to search the forums.
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