Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Cowtown, AB
Bikes: Titus El Guapo, Misfit diSSent, Cervelo Soloist Carbon, Wabi Lightning, et al.
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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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'06 Cervelo Soloist Carbon | '09 Titus El Guapo | '09 Misfit diSSent | '09 Wabi Lightning