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    Looking for a specific recommendation...

    ...for the proverbial $500 MTB. (I might go higher for the right deal.)

    I've read the stickies which were very informative and have helped me narrow things down. I'm looking for specific recommendations for my situation. I'm primarily a roadie. I do a 40 mile RT commute 2X's a week and ride our road tandem with wifey 30-40 miles at least once a weekend. So the MTB will be #3 in line. I have a park with some trails near my house so I hope to get over there at least once a week and bang around. I'm in So Cal and there's lots of large parks with great trails. I hope to get to those once or twice a month. This bike's not going to see a ton of use hence the more moderate investment.

    I want to ride primarily single track, technical type trails and want to be able to go fast and hard. I'm 43 - way to old to freeride or DH But I'm also well insured so I will take some adrenaline surging risks. I'm 6'2", 240 (and dropping) with a 34" inseam. I feel like a need a really strong frame so that if I do hit a jump or a drop I don't have to worry about breaking it.

    Spec's of what I think I need:
    Hardtail
    22" or XL frame (steel? 6061?)
    deore components
    Non-disc brakes
    Good front shock

    Specific models that seem to fit (looking at '05s since I can get a good deal):
    - Secialized Rockhopper
    - Trek 4800 (I almost don't want another Trek, although I love my 5200, I don't want to be a trek groupie)
    - gary Fisher GED (My preferred LBS has a great deal on the GED - $700. A bit over my budget but that certainly seems like a killer deal. I know this is considered a freeride bike. Does that mean it woudn't work well for what I want?

    Any others...?

    Thanks for your suggestions.

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    you can never go wrong with a TREK

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    Shreddin' heaven on his 20" the wonginator's Avatar
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    specialized lalalal hard rock

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    I would go along with the Specialized Hardrock suggestion. I just purchased a 2006 hardrock pro disc, but the 05's can be had for about $100 to $150 off sticker price now in most shops. One thing that really turned me to this 2006 model was the sram components which seemed to be a lot better than the shimano on the 05 hardrock pro disc.
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    The Rockhopper for sure. Specialized is a great company and since you are not a noob I would think you would appreciate what the rockhopper has to offer. Surely you have heard the addage of finding the bike that "feels" the best- good luck
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    Have you ridden a 22" frame? I am 6'2" with a 34 1/4" inseam and 20" would be the largest size I would get. If you will be riding technical trails I would even say look into getting an 18" or 19" frame if it will be for XC and a 17" frame if the trails are VERY technical. You need to remember, you do not size a mountain bike like a road bike. They are two totally different animals

    As for a bike, I agree with the others. Look into a Specialized, either Hardrock or Rockhopper. They seem to have the best "bang for your buck" so to speak in that range and hold up very well.

    GaryFisher does build a good bike and if you can get a good deal maybe you should get it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterSezFaster
    Have you ridden a 22" frame? I am 6'2" with a 34 1/4" inseam and 20" would be the largest size I would get. If you will be riding technical trails I would even say look into getting an 18" or 19" frame if it will be for XC and a 17" frame if the trails are VERY technical. You need to remember, you do not size a mountain bike like a road bike. They are two totally different animals

    As for a bike, I agree with the others. Look into a Specialized, either Hardrock or Rockhopper. They seem to have the best "bang for your buck" so to speak in that range and hold up very well.

    GaryFisher does build a good bike and if you can get a good deal maybe you should get it.


    MSF and others, thanks for the advice. I rode a Rockhopper and a Hardrock. I can get an '05 RH comp for $650 which seems like a good deal. That's a nice bike.

    MSF, I was dubious about your frame size advice until I rode a 19" and simply raised the seat so that I felt ok with regular pedalling. As you said the style of riding is so different on an MTB. Lots more time out of the saddle. Thanks. BTW, are you in OC?

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