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    Road Bike Rider Seeks Help

    I've got several road bikes and do a lot of road riding, but I'd like to get a Mountain Bike. I know that I want:

    * A hardtail
    * To be used on a variety of trails and fireroads but don't intend to get airborne
    * Not too aggressive in its geometry (due to some lingering disc issues in my back)
    * Might want to mount racks for camping
    * Steel would be nice but not a deal maker or breaker
    * Under 1K.

    Thanks for any thoughts.
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    I'd look at the Jamis Exile for steel. I know it is MSRP for $1,100 but it is tough to find good steel complete bikes for any less.

    For aluminum I would suggest riding bike in your price range at the LBS. Just about all the companies have something to fit your bill and all pretty much quality at the $800 -1,000 price point.

    A couple of specifics; Specialized Rockhopper line
    Kona caldera, cinder cone

    Anyway, good luck in your search.

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    oh yeah, and you would have received more reponses if you didn't title your thread 'road biker'.

    75% of the people in the MTB forum loathe roadies. Due to a variety of reasons, some real, some imagined.

    The other 25% ride all sorts of bikes and styles so might be willing to help you.

    Your thread title is sort of like

    'Al Queda Member seeks pilot license - please help'


    Anywho.....another good line of bikes to check out is Bianchi. Maybe the lynx

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    You can usually adjust the riding position different bars and stems. Other than that, there are a lot of options in your range. If you are looking for a steel bike, are you opposed to a singlespeed? If so, Check out Marin. They have three steel hardtails with nice parts specs.

    www.marinbikes.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by unsuspended
    oh yeah, and you would have received more reponses if you didn't title your thread 'road biker'.

    75% of the people in the MTB forum loathe roadies. Due to a variety of reasons, some real, some imagined.

    The other 25% ride all sorts of bikes and styles so might be willing to help you.

    Your thread title is sort of like

    'Al Queda Member seeks pilot license - please help'


    Anywho.....another good line of bikes to check out is Bianchi. Maybe the lynx
    Thanks for the tip. I've always like all kind of bikes and the people who ride them. Guess I've got a lot to learn.
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    Not sure why people have to be closed minded to other forms of cycling. There are a few people here who don't mind roadies, I am one. Most MTBers ride road to train, except for DH and freeriders. Some top pro downhillers recently did the Red Bull Road Rage, which was a downhill race on the roads of Cali. I guess it is the same thing as SSers vs. Gearies. Same pedaling motion, diffrent medium.

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    Jeez, how do you guys think this divisiveness is propagated?

    Could it be due in part to unsubstantiated blanket statements like "75% of the people on the mtb forum loathe roadies," and "there are a few people here who don't mind roadies?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by unsuspended
    75% of the people in the MTB forum loathe roadies. Due to a variety of reasons, some real, some imagined.

    Really? I never got that feeling from these boards....i've seen other threads where a roadie has gotten lots of great help,

    Anyway, back to the question......I have a steel lemond, so I can see the attraction to steel. THe only thing I can add unfortunately is an aluminum bike. I have a giant rainier, sub 1K US, and I love it. It's great for XC, i've abused it a bit and it keeps on going. Seems to have a relatively relaxed geom compared to my roadie so...yeah. Good luck finding a steel one and go out and do some test rides, those are always fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by unsuspended
    I'd look at the Jamis Exile for steel. I know it is MSRP for $1,100 but it is tough to find good steel complete bikes for any less.
    Rocky Mountain Hammer would be another good choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gastro
    Jeez, how do you guys think this divisiveness is propagated?

    Could it be due in part to unsubstantiated blanket statements like "75% of the people on the mtb forum loathe roadies," and "there are a few people here who don't mind roadies?"
    Word.

    I know lots of roadies who don't ride off road for some reason or another (finances, fear of injury, ride strictly for cardio, etc) - but I'd say out of the MTB'ers I know personally more than half ride road, if only to get in better condition.

    I've yet to witness any outright animosity from either group, in fact, on roadie club rides I try to seek out other MTBers cross training because if they're in the same road group as I'm riding, their cardio level tends to be on a similar level as mine - which generally makes them good candidates for group race (adventure racing etc) partners

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    Quote Originally Posted by gastro
    Jeez, how do you guys think this divisiveness is propagated?
    I don't feel that pointing it out propagates or exascerbates the bias or negativity.

    I while you may feel my percentages are high or low( I would love to statistically substantiate my claim, but I don't have the time) It is just based on my personal observation and history with this board. There is a palpable anti XC/roadie vibe going on here in my opinion. Nothing severe. Just enough to be felt from time to time.

    I figured I would let the OP in on why he didn't get any reponses.

    I stand by my claim that he would have received more responses if he didn't say he was a roadie in the thread title.

    Edit: and I am talking about this board only not in my life experiences. **Every** other peron I ride with rides road, mountain xc, freeride, downhill, tandem, touring. Every single one.
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    I understand what you are saying however I don't agree. I haven't seen any anti roadie bashing here and i've been coming here since '04.

    ANyway, that rocky mountain hammer looks awesome......if I could only get over the guilt of spending money some something I don't need ....yet


    *edit* well, instead of re-caulking the bathroom like i'm supposed to be doing..... I thought i'd check out some roadie responses......yes I do have too much time on my hands, I have this week off

    Mountain vs. Road
    Just got a Giant VT II, newbie to the MTB world
    I have absolutely no idea whats going on...

    They seem to pretty amicable responses, ok, I know, I know, quit procrastinating
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