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Old 09-21-05, 01:28 PM   #1
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New to MTB - suggestions

I am new to the whole biking scene and was thinking of purchasing a mountain bike for casual riding (not to much abuse). What do you people suggest (what brand, type). I was leaning toward a full suspension bicycle but looking not to spend a fortune on one because I might upgrade later. I was also thinking of getting one to start off because I know I can change out some parts (suspension components, etc...).

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 09-21-05, 01:51 PM   #2
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I think others have mentioned it, but don't buy a full-suspension new for under $1000. It just won't last. On the other hand, spending $1000 on a hardtail will get you pretty decent bike. Also, riding a hardtail will help you develop "mad skillz" which will pay off when you get into better bikes.

Upgrading a bike can be quite expensive. I only do it when I break something, and the upgrade part is only a bit more expensive than the regular part.

Recommended brands are the majors: Specialized, Trek, Giant. Neutral handling, decent parts spec and lots of season-ending discounts on xc hardtails. Don't buy anything without test riding. It's more important to test-ride a bike than a car IMHO.
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I was leaning toward a full suspension bicycle but looking not to spend a fortune
Define fortune.

As stated, minimum entry fee for quality full suspension mountain bikes is +/- $1,000.

This might be a fortune to some, a pittance to others.

Maybe a dollar range would be better.

And, why, may I ask, would you like a full suspension mountain bike for casual riding?
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Define fortune.

As stated, minimum entry fee for quality full suspension mountain bikes is +/- $1,000.

This might be a fortune to some, a pittance to others.

Maybe a dollar range would be better.

And, why, may I ask, would you like a full suspension mountain bike for casual riding?
Thanks for the replies. I have a full suspension bicycles now and like the way it rides in the dirt (rocks included) than a hardtail. I will check out those brand that were mentioned earlier.

Thanks again
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