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    Opinions Wanted

    I am getting back into cycling after 15 years and I'm a little rusty on the latest bikes/components. I don't want to spend much on a new mountain bike, so I'm trying to stay in the $500 range. There are two bikes I am currently looking at and I'd like opinions/suggestions. I have listed the two bikes along with their components and price. Thank you in advance.

    (1) 2005 Haro V4

    Frame Components
    Frame New Oversized V-Gusset 6061 Alloy w/Disc Tabs
    Rear Shock: N/A
    Fork: Manitou Six 100mm Travel
    HeadSet: Aheadset 1 1/8"

    Drivetrain Components
    Crank Set: Truvativ Iso Flow Power Spline 44/32/22
    Bottom Bracket: Truvativ Power Spline Cartridge
    Derailleur Front: Shimano Deore M510
    Derailleur Rear: Shimano LX M570
    Freewheel: SRAM PG-950 11-34
    Chain: Truvativ XR 9-Speed
    Pedals: Alloy Caged w/Toe Clip/Strap

    Control Center Components
    Handlebar: Alloy 30mm Riser ATB
    Stem: Alloy Clamp-On 10 deg. W/Removable Face
    Grips: Dual Density Kraton/Gel
    Derailleur Shifter: Shimano Deore 9-Speed
    Saddle: Pivit SC Dual Density
    Seat Post: Alloy Micro Adjust 30.6mm
    Seat Post: Clamp Alloy Collar w/QR

    Wheelset Components
    Hubset: Formula Disc 8-Speed Cassette QR 32h
    Rim: Alex DM18 Double Wall
    Spokes: Stainless Steel 14g
    Tire: Kenda Klaw 2.1

    Brake Components
    Brakes: Tektro IO Mechanical Disc F & R
    Brake Lever: Tektro

    New Haro V-Gusset 6061 Alloy Frame w/Disc Tabs
    Manitou Six 100mm Travel Fork
    Tektro IO Disc Brakes
    9-Speed Shimano Deore Drive Train w/ LX Rear Derailleur

    Price: $499 from my local bike shop.


    (2)Motobecane 700HT

    Frameset
    Main frame: Ball Burnished 7005 Aluminum, double water bottle mounts
    Rear triangle: Replaceable hanger, IS Disc Tabs
    Fork: RockShox Judy TT J2 Suspension fork

    Drivetrain
    Crankset: TruVativ 5D 22/32/44T
    Bottom bracket: Sealed Cartridge
    Front derailleur: Shimano Deore, 31.8mm, top/down pull
    Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore XT
    Shifters Shimano: Deore 9 speed STI
    Cassette/freewheel: CS HG50 9-speed, 11-32T
    Chain: Z9000 9-speed

    Wheelset
    Front hub: MotoDisc
    Rear hub: MotoDisc 9 Spd
    Spokes: Stainless Steel
    Rims: Alex Adventurer 26x1.5 DoubleWall Aluminum CNC
    Tires: WTB Velociraptor 26x2.1

    Features
    Brake set: Tektro Aquila Mechanical Disc
    Brake levers: Tektro RT354A for Disc brake
    Headset: Tioga Ahead Threadless 1.125 inch, 30mm spacers
    Handlebar: MotoRiser Aluminum 26.0
    Stem: MotoStem Forged Aluminum 1 1/8" threadless
    Tape/grip: WTB Dual Trail
    Saddle: WTB Speed V Sport
    Seat post: MotoPost Aluminum 300mm 27.2mm
    Seat clamp: Aluminum 31.8mm allen bolt
    Frame Weight: lb./kg. 3.9/1.8
    Complete Bike Weight: lb./kg. 29.8/13.54

    MSRP: $1095
    On Sale Online: $495.99

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    First problem, If you buy online who is going to fit the bike to you? You are! Who is going to provide all those little adjustments that need to done before you ride off into the sunset? You are! Who is going to give your bike its first free service at about 2 weeks? You are! Getting the picture? An lbs will keep you and your bike rolling where you may not be able to, as well they can offer advice, parts service ect. Newbies or returnees should never buy online you miss all that service and good advice not to mention the oportunity to widen your circle of friends.

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    I would try to find an LBS to get some help.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Quote Originally Posted by harov3
    First problem, If you buy online who is going to fit the bike to you? You are! Who is going to provide all those little adjustments that need to done before you ride off into the sunset? You are! Who is going to give your bike its first free service at about 2 weeks? You are! Getting the picture? An lbs will keep you and your bike rolling where you may not be able to, as well they can offer advice, parts service ect. Newbies or returnees should never buy online you miss all that service and good advice not to mention the oportunity to widen your circle of friends.
    Couldn't have said it better myself

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    Ok, any opinion on the bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emac800
    Ok, any opinion on the bikes?
    Never heard of the second one. The fact that it appears to have a non-1/8 size headset (Headset: Tioga Ahead Threadless 1.125 inch, 30mm spacers) is a bad bet. The fact it has an XT rear mech, but a RS Judy fork also leaves more questions than answers.
    The views expressed above are badly thought out and hastley typed. Any spelling or gramatical mistakes, are, their to annoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMN
    Never heard of the second one. The fact that it appears to have a non-1/8 size headset ([i]Headset: Tioga Ahead Threadless 1.125 inch, 30mm spacers.
    Ho jueez. DMN you may have to change your descriptor, 1.125" or ~30mm is 1&1/8".

    The bikes. Mobecane have been around for zillions of years but I've never seen anyone ride one, nuff said.
    HaroV4, I ride a V3 so they must be the most fantabulous thing on two wheels since Natasha Kinski last rode a bicycle. I like mine, I dont know whats in your area or how pricing is in the US. There are probably other bikes in your area similarly priced, try to ride as many as you can then choose or ask more questions.

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    Definitely agree with harov3 visit your local bike shop, that way if you do have specific questions such as the ones you are asking us, you can ask them first hand, also the free services they offer are definitely worth taking advantage of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harov3
    Ho jueez. DMN you may have to change your descriptor, 1.125" or ~30mm is 1&1/8".
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