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Old 09-15-05, 09:17 PM   #1
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Best bike for a beginer...around $300

I have your avg. wal-mart specialy peice of junk bike...and ive started to get alot more experienced now...the bike isnt holding up tot eh beating i give it. What is a good bike for around 300 bucks that has full suspension. It needs 1) to be durable 2) to have good suspension 3)to be as light as possible. any suggestions?
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Dual Suspension for $300 ! A dual suspension for that amount 1) Wont be durable 2) Wont have good suspension 3) And will not be the lightest either. With $300 you should consider a really good Front Suspension bike.
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Specialized Hardrock.
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The rule of thumb is to never buy a Full suspension bike that costs under 1000$ I would look into a Hardrock Sport. They are good reliable bikes.
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Woops I should also ask what your planning to do with the bike? What types of riding in other words (downhill, freeride (jumps), cross country ect. ec.t)
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i dont want a hardtail..i cannot stand them...i like to jump a little bit some small dropoffs (like 3-4 ft) some dh, some rocky sections...a little bit of everything NOT A HARDTAIL..ugghh
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i dont want a hardtail..i cannot stand them...i like to jump a little bit some small dropoffs (like 3-4 ft) some dh, some rocky sections...a little bit of everything NOT A HARDTAIL..ugghh
Well then there is no way your gonna get a durable, lightweight Full Suspension bike for $300. Sorry .
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ok even if it isnt "lightweight..what i mean is..lightest for the price range...mainly i just want something that i wont have to fix evertime i go riding
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ok even if it isnt "lightweight..what i mean is..lightest for the price range...mainly i just want something that i wont have to fix evertime i go riding
$350 could get you this. Not that its gonna hold up to Down Hill riding though...
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You can look, but I know there is no such thing as a light and durable full suspension bike for $300.
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Well maybe there is a full suspension bike for under $300. I'm not a full suspension fan, but I am a Nishiki freak. There is a Nishiki Blazer on ebay for under $300. Maybe someone else knows how reliable this bike was when it was new. I would have bought it, but I'm only 5'9" and it has a 24" frame (or so the owner claims). Good Luck. If someone else knows more about the Blazer, please follow this post.
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Yeh, Blastrider 88, you'de probalby get more for your money if you bought a 2nd hand bike or something off ebay. Really, there are NO decent FS bikes for $300-ish. If I were you I would start saving or get a hardtail!
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whats wrong with the hardtail? if youre doing 3-4 foot drops, A hardtail would be fine in my opinion. John Cowan does thoes 50 foot doubles with a hardtail!
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I was just wondering if there was somehting with full suspension out there that i could ride without having to fix on a daily basis for about 300 bucks...guess not..ill just have to continue fixing my pos.
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I was just wondering if there was somehting with full suspension out there that i could ride without having to fix on a daily basis for about 300 bucks...guess not..ill just have to continue fixing my pos.

When I worked in a bike shop, there was a saying "The cheaper the bike, the harder/longer it takes to fix". I must say that seemed very true. You would be wasting your money on a $300 FS bike, honestly just keep the money and save up...or...you can buy a pretty good HT for that money (for some reason you despise them). Yeh a FS would feel smoother because of the extra suspension, and it would look cooler, but the truth is a Hardtail would... 1) Last longer 2)Better quality parts 3) Less adjustment i'd say. I dont know why you wont consider them.
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I dont know why I dont like them... I ride my friend's hardrock all the time...and i actually prefer the feel of my pos FS bike... my main problem as far as duribility goes is the gears and derailer..it bounces around too much and gets hooked in the spokes occasionaly.
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I guess i am going to try it out and get a hard rock. the local bike shop has a sale on em for 350...so thats cool... my only question is..on a trail with descent sized rocks/rots etc. sticking up isnt a hardtail going to throw you around and beat you up?
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Not if you use body english to soak up the bumps.
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i guess il have to get used to it..thats the thing i hate about my bmx bike though..off jumps with no landings my wrists jam (wont happen on a mountainbike, but) and my legs take a real shock....and it really makes you tired quicker
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once you take the hardrock out there you will find it isnt that hard to manuver around the big rocks, and go over the roots.

i ride bmx and i have no prob with this stuff, i hear alot if it on the mtb forum.
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You can't find a dual suspension for under 1200 that is good. 300 for a bike is like the bottom of the line cheapest bike any brand makes. Try more like 6-900 dollars, then we can advise you.
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Well then there is no way your gonna get a durable, lightweight Full Suspension bike for $300. Sorry .
An under $300 FS bike can do a 3-4 ft drop but only once.
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Sorry, if you want a good bike that's $300, you are in a dreamers world.
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