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Old 09-19-05, 04:29 PM   #1
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Newbie looking to buy a bike

Hi, I'm Drew from Long Island (obviously a newbie) and am looking into purchasing a bicycle. My inseem is 30", i'm 5'7 and weight about 165lbs. I am interested in trail riding and also riding on the streets and would probably do so in an even 50-50 ratio. I've been to a few bike shops by me and seem to have gotten some good advice. Right now I am caught between a full suspension bicycle as it is obviously better off-road, but I don't want a bicycle that will slow me down on the road. There is only one local shop I know of that stocks Trek bicycles, and I really like their style, but, as an avid skier, I know that there's more than just looks when it comes to equipment. I apologize for being so general, but I just want some recommendations for a good all around bicycle; I'm not looking to spend too much more than $450 on my first bike. Any pointers will be greatly appreciated

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Ask anyone on this forum, you won't be able to find a DECENT full suspension bike for $450.

I have a Specialized Hardrock Sport. Bought it for $330. I'm very happy with what I got, even though it's a little heavy for a hardtail. Just slap on some slicks for the streets and you're all set.
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You will definitely be wanting a hardtail at that price, no question about it. There are lots and lots of people that prefer hardtails over FS bikes, so no worries. I would search through the around $500 price range thread it has over 750 posts and has been looked at over 60,000 people- it helps a lot:

The "around" $500 MTB thread.

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