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Old 02-24-06, 05:19 PM   #1
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Need Information And Feedback Fast

My car recently TOOK A HUGE CRAP on me and I am forced to ride a Bike to and from Spring Training in Arizona. I grew up riding bikes just like everybody else and LOVE JUMPS AND BEING HARD ON MY BIKE, but being right in the middle of Scottsdale I am going to need something practical but also something I can take to the mountain when practice gets out, my only problem is I don't have much $$$, looking for something around $400 and am looking at the Trek Y26, I did test ride this the other day and loved it, but it was only a 10 minute ride and only one large jump. After reading your reviews I need some more information about the size bike I would need and any help would be great. I am 6'2, 200lbs! THANK YOU!
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18ish inches.

You'll have to see how you feel on the bike, but keep in mind that you'll be better off erring the side of a bike that's a little too small, as you can always raise the seat up.

Just go to your local shop, and ride the bikes as much as they'll let you, and determine what fits. At that price point, if you don't really like riding - you'll probably quit. If you do, you'll be upgrading sooner rather than later...so don't stress too much as you're going to get around the same quality bike from the big companies - with some differences depending on the exact style of bike.
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DO NOT GET A Y26! Get a hardtail at that price.

Check out Gt's and the Trek hardtails. This Gt avalanche would be great.
http://www.gtbikes.com/mountain/cata...CAN&brand=moun
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Thank You,
I know I'm going to love riding, such a huge relief to not worry about gas, car problems, etc. I love speed and also getting a natural high, so I'm quite sure I'll be in it for quite some time. The bike I'm getting is a 19" and I think it should do just fine for the amount of off-roading and urban riding I need to accomplish. How long to do you think it would take to go 6 miles with 6 stoplights on a Highway frontage road? I have no idea, I just wanted a rough estimate.
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I know I'm going to love riding, such a huge relief to not worry about gas, car problems, etc. I love speed and also getting a natural high, so I'm quite sure I'll be in it for quite some time. The bike I'm getting is a 19" and I think it should do just fine for the amount of off-roading and urban riding I need to accomplish. How long to do you think it would take to go 6 miles with 6 stoplights on a Highway frontage road? I have no idea, I just wanted a rough estimate.
With stops I think it's realistic to expect a 12mph (with stops) average with a hardtail and 26x2" knobbies.

30 minutes? ish?

Just to reiterate the previous advice: Hardtail, hardtail, hardtail.
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Old 02-24-06, 05:45 PM   #6
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Everybody is saying hardtail, am I going to notice a huge difference because I read somewhere that I might be able to adjust the coil under the seat to make it feel like a hardtail
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I've looked at the hardtails and the only one I can afford is the Trek 4300 and the reviews for that bike are worse than the reviews I have read for the y26
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No, no Y26. Just get a nice hardtail at the price. You can hook up a nice Rockhopper or similar Gary Fisher for around that, and it will be lighter and much more durable, as well as a nicer parts spec. Check it out:

http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=12989

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http://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/bike...d=1116600&f=15
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The y26 doesn't pedal well because of the rear suspension. Weak frames too, I've seen 2 of them split at the suspension. Get a GT if you don't like trek's.
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Dare I sasy Hardrock?
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Alright, you've all changed my mind, I'm going with the Trek 4500 Hardtail, between you all and the guy at the bike place I just talked to, the Hardtail is the way to go and the Y26 he even said is more of a toy! Thank you all so much!
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Now somebody start ripping on the 4500 and tell me why I shouldn't get that either! J/K! Please, no more changing my mind, this bike should be more than sufficient!
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Looks like a pretty decent XC hardtail setup. Enjoy yourself!
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Yep, the 4500 is a very decent hardtail at that pricepoint.
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Now somebody start ripping on the 4500 and tell me why I shouldn't get that either! J/K! Please, no more changing my mind, this bike should be more than sufficient!

Alright, it's a Trek and everyone knows that they are one of the worst companies out their. All the pros that ride them are actually riding rebadged bikes from other companies. (Do you think someone will miss the sarcasm?)

The only real reason for someone to rip on the Trek is brand preferance or they had a bad expieriance. Decent company and good bikes.

As for the time thing, if you are in shape and can average 15mph it should take ya about 24min of ride time.

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Good choice.
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The 4500 is a much better choice than the Y26
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Just an idea, but if they have any 05 bruiser 1's, that would be a killer buy. Check the link in my Sig for a pic of a bruiser.
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