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    Good Beginner Bike???

    Which of these would you consider more bang for the buck for a beginner?
    Are the components a big deal to buy now or is it easy to add them as I go?

    -- '06 Raleigh Mojave 5.0 $460 with free lifetime service, tune ups, and lifetime warranty for all components to be free of defects from shop.

    Frame Atomic 13 Aluminum
    Fork SR XCT 75mm Travel w/Preload Adjust.
    Headset WTB Ahead 1-1/8
    Crankset Truvativ ISO Flow 22/32/42t
    Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
    F. Derailleur Shimano Acera
    R. Derailleur Shimano Alivio
    Shift Lever Alivio 8spd
    Cog Set SRAM PG-830 8spd (11-30t)
    Chain Shimano IG31
    Hubset (F) Alloy Joytech QR Disc 32h (R) Alloy Joytech QR Disc 32h Cassette
    Spokes 14g Stainless Steel
    Rims Weinmann AC-19 DW 32h
    Tires WTB Motoraptor 26x2.1
    Brakes Hayes HMX-2 disc
    Brake Levers Tektro
    Pedals Resin Platform
    Handlebar Mtn Steel 25mm Riser
    Grips Raleigh
    Stem Alloy Ahead 4-bolt 10deg
    Seatpost Alloy Micro adjust 27.2mm
    Saddle WTB Speed V Comp
    Extras Rack & Fender mounts, Water bottle mounts, Cateye reflector set, Clear Coat, Owners Manual

    -- '04 Giant Iguana $400 with rumor of the shop going out of business / service offer is free for first 30 days then minor tune ups free after that. Any service $49.95 per shot. Bike has some minor scratches and the handlebars were out of alignment but the salesman says no one has taken the bike out for a ride other than staff to test it. Have a funny feeling that an '04 would still be in the shop and that I was the first in the year and a half its been there to notice the alignment problem? IS this something to worry about?

    frame Supersized ALUXX butted aluminum, integrated gusset, XTC geometry, Disc brake mount
    fork RockShox Pilot C, 80mm travel
    derailleur Front: Shimano Alivio, Rear: Shimano Deore
    derailleurshifters Shimano Deore, 9-speed
    cranks TruVativ G-Sport, 22/32/42T
    pedals Steel w/ resin body, toe clips and straps
    handlebar Alloy 1.25" riser
    stem Giant 1 1/8 Ahead
    headset Integrated Ahead 1 1/8"
    levers Shimano Deore
    brakes Hayes MX-2 Disc, 6" rotors
    saddle WTB Speed V Race
    seatpost Giant Alloy micro-adjust, 27.2mm, QR Seat lever
    rims Alex CR18, 32H doublewall, black w/CNC sidewall
    hubs Alloy Disc, 32H, QR, w/ double seals
    tires WTB Weirwolf Comp 26x2.1
    cassette SRAM PG-950, 11-34T, 9-speed
    spokes Stainless Steel 14G
    additional Chainguard


    -- '06 Gary Fisher Opie $350 with free lifetime service, tune ups, and lifetime warranty for all components to be free of defects from shop. Main frame Bigg'ns 6061 straight gauge aluminum | Reinforced headtube | Box section top and downtubes | Manipulated seat & chainstays | Cold-forged dropouts

    Fork InSync Edge 4 | 100mm travel
    Headset Aheadset, semi-cartridge, sealed
    Bottom bracket Cartridge
    Crank SR XCC-150 42/34/24
    Pedals Nylon BMX
    Front derailleur Shimano C050
    Rear derailleur Shimano Acera
    Shifters Shimano EF29
    Cassette SRAM PG830 | 11-32 | 8spd
    Chain Shimano IG51
    Front hub Alloy QR
    Front rim WTB Dual Duty
    Front spokes 14G Stainless Steel
    Rear hub Shimano RM30
    Rear rim WTB Dual Duty
    Rear spokes 14G Stainless Steel
    Tires Bontrager Earl 26x2.4
    Brakes Tektro V
    Brake levers Alloy
    Handlebar Hiten
    Stem Bontrager | 15 deg. Rise
    Saddle Bontrager Earl
    Seatpost Bontrager


    -- '06 Trek 3900 $330 unsure of service due to the fact I have not visited the shop yet.
    Frame Alpha Aluminum
    Front Suspension InSync Grind 1, 70mm
    Wheels
    Wheels Alloy front, Shimano RM30 rear hub; Matrix 550 rims
    Tires Bontrager Connection Trail, 26x2.0"
    Drivetrain
    Shifters Shimano EF29
    Front Derailleur Shimano C050
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
    Crankset SR 42/34/24
    Cassette SRAM 850 11-32, 8 speed
    Pedals Nylon platform
    Components
    Saddle Bontrager Sport
    Seatpost Bontrager
    Handlebars 25.4, 30mm rise
    Stem Bontrager, 25.4, 25 degree
    Headset Aheadset, semi-cartridge, sealed
    Brakeset Tektro V w/Shimano STI levers

    You have all been so helpful. Thanks for all the great info thus far! More web forums should follow suit!

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    my 4300 was awesome when i first staarted goin far and jump off of stuff. That was in 01 when i turned 12, but then i upgraded to the bruiser. Id do the 3900Why dont you look in the bruiser1 or 2 too?

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    Based on the specs, I would go with the giant. The frames don't jazz me as anything great. The components on the Giant looks a liitle better, but ride the bikes and weigh it with your hands. How does it ride? Which weighs less?

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