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Old 07-08-05, 01:39 AM   #1
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Hey I can't post in the want ads so I'm posting here. I'm 15 years old and have been using a toys r us mountain for the past 2 years. Since I can't drive yet I take my bike everywhere. Well I'm really tired of that lowsy excuse for a "bike" so I'm wondering if someone here can help me. I'm looking for a new bike preferably used because it will be cheaper. I would like something durable that will fufill my bike needs. I would like it to have full suspension and disk brakes. I'm 6'1 so keep that in mind. I know one of you guys has something lying around in your garage that you'd like to pass on to the future generations of mountain bike riders. You can either email me at TGodsArchangelT@netscape.net or by Aim or Yahoo my sn on both is Midnightkiss6969. Let me know thanks.
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Old 07-08-05, 12:14 PM   #2
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I'm just wondering, how much are you willing to spend? Also, you might be better off with a hardtail. They are a good deal cheaper. Any specific type of bike you are looking for (Freeride, XC, downhill...) or just a bike in general?
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Old 07-08-05, 12:25 PM   #3
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Umm probably for flat and some off road. My bike is basically my car I take it everywhere. Probably most I'm willing to spend is around 350. I don't really have 500-1000 dollars to put down on a bike.
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Considering you are doing little to no offroading, and nothing serious at that, I would highly reccommend not getting full suspension. A hardtail(no suspension) will give you better pedaling efficiency. Also hardtails are generall lighter and for 350, you won't be able to find a good full suspension bike. The general rule with that is for full suspension its 1,000 or over(new). But for 350 you can get a few bikes new that will suit your needs. The only thing these bikes wont have is disc brakes, but it doesn't seem like you would need them. Check out the trek 4300 or the specialized hardrock sport. Both are 350 new.
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Old 07-08-05, 01:11 PM   #5
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I don't know whats in the future for me in biking I can't really take my toys r us offroad. And like you guys say you don't want to buy a cheap bike that youll need to replace in a short amount of time. Thats why I'm looking for a good bike that will last me. Something that I could take offroad if I wanted to.
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You might look for something new and inexpensive on the low end, maybe a Giant Boulder, then upgrade it as you can afford it. It will work fine for you early on, and the fun of working on and maintaining a bike will only inspire you to save harder for a higher-grade bike. That is, unless your upgrades get you there first. Be sure that any bike you get is disc-ready as you mentioned that as one of your criteria. I'd sell you my Giant Rainier if I didn't love her so much Good luck!
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6'1" and only 15? No need to worry about money as the NBA contract will kick in within a few short years! Seriously, I am NOT a fan of the MTB elitest that occasionally (usually) troll these forums, but there's no way you'll get a respectable FS bike for $350, not used, not broken, pretty much not at all. I agree with the above posts about getting a new bike at your price point that is a HT (Front suspension only). It will come with at least a years worth of tune-ups and if it's a good LBS they'll teach you how to do it yourself along the way. For whatever reason bikes 1yr old hold their eBay value almost up to sticker (I have NO idea why). So buy it, learn, and if it suits you never get rid of it. If you decide at that point you need more then sell the bike and use the cash towards a good used bike since you'll now know how to maintain it yourself and also have a better idea of what to look for. It also won't hurt that by that point you'll have a better guage of what is junk and what isn't.

And to go one step further. Right now it's you "car" as you put it. In the not so distant future you'll likely have (or at least access to one) a real car and who knows at that point where your interest will drag you. Cars and chicks are the two most powerful entities in the universe. Yes, most of the time even surpassing good old money, at least at that age...
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gorsar you stand corrected

http://www2.trekbikes.com/Bikes/Moun...Y_26/index.php

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Its just disappointing my friend down the street who is also 15 his parents just bought him a 3000 dollasr bike thats sweet. I would go riding with him but with my crap I can't try and keep up.
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wow, a 15 year of has a 3k bike.

cough*spoiled*cough
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Its just disappointing my friend down the street who is also 15 his parents just bought him a 3000 dollasr bike thats sweet. I would go riding with him but with my crap I can't try and keep up.
Go out on whichever bike you get and show him that it's not the bike, but the rider...
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^^ I agree completely. I wish i could get 300 from my parents for a bike.And midnight, its not always the bike, sometimes it's the rider. If you are a better rider you should be able to keep up for a while atleast. Any idea what bike he has btw. You could always go with him somewhere and see if he'll switch halfway(doubtful but worth a shot).
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Old 07-08-05, 03:40 PM   #13
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How much for that bike I didn't see a price. Also I'm talking that friend and I decided that I should try to find something thats light weight. I don't think I need top of the line suspension just need to have suspension so I could go and upgrade the suspension later on. So if you see something with a nice frame but ****ty suspension let me know
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well that is the perfect example of a bike you dont want, the y-26. it is around 380. i wouldnt go with discs on a $350 bike either.

like someone said earlier, you dont want to buy a fs for under 1k. even if you want crap componentry. the frame alone will boost the price up a bit. the trek 3900 is in your price range, and the kona lana'i

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Holy crap. You're 15 years old and 6'1" ???
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Yeah I am. He has a santa cruz superlite with all upgrades. What about this bike?
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Old 07-08-05, 05:05 PM   #17
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And also bruiser I'm not getting money from my parents the 300 dollars is mine. I have more money I could spend but don't really want to.
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well that is the perfect example of a bike you dont want, the y-26. it is around 380. i wouldnt go with discs on a $350 bike either.

like someone said earlier, you dont want to buy a fs for under 1k. even if you want crap componentry. the frame alone will boost the price up a bit. the trek 3900 is in your price range, and the kona lana'i
You're taking all of my fun away! And hey, who knows, maybe that bike IS for you... But a FS bike with a 70mm travel front fork???

And seriously midnight, do what you want and enjoy whatever bike you end up with. I'm just saying that you will end up with a much better bike if you stick to what belongs in the price range you've set for yourself. You can go to Walmart and get a full suspension Mongoose for $129 but that doesn't mean that you can find a "good" full suspension bike for anywhere near that, know what I mean?

Regardless, whatever it takes to get you out riding and makes you happy, I'm all for..
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I'm so lost on what to do that last post just dropped me in the middle of a jungle
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Old 07-08-05, 05:30 PM   #20
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So if I see a bike that has fs and its under a thousand its a **** bike?
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Old 07-08-05, 05:34 PM   #21
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The plain and simple version is that you will get a much better bike if you go with a hardtail at the price point you're looking at. Ignore my post above and roll with this one.

And if you really want the details of WHY a FS bike under a grand isn't worth jack it's because it has inferior to downright bad suspension shocks, a heavy as cement frame, low end components, etc..
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Go with a HT, skip the FS - it doesn't sound like you're going to be freeriding down a street with big drop-offs. Even riders who have really neat FS bike like to keep a HT around, because they're usually more fun. Of course, if you're into actually becoming a rider, you might just go single speed, NO suspension & really build your strength up!
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What if I were to spend more money. I was thinking that maybe I should put more more money to get a bike that I like. Could I get a nice frame with crappy other parts?
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you thinking more like 500?
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Yeah or more even. If I were to invest that much I would want something pretty good.
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