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Old 03-09-06, 09:19 AM   #1
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Looking to buy a bike, beginner

I am in college and a group of friends ride paved trails and also do some off road trails. I am a beginner and will not do anything extreme. So I was wondering what type of mountain bike I should get. I have a $300 budget to get the bike. So should I get a Trek from the local bike store or one from the department store.
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Definately get the Trek. Don't buy anything from a department store. Or even better than buying new at $300, get a decent used hard tail. Don't look at anything full suspension.
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Old 03-09-06, 09:32 AM   #3
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Definitely avoid the department store. My previous bike was a $100 full suspension bike. I didn't know anything about bikes and bought it because it looked cool. I loved riding it, and rode it until it literally fell apart. I recently replaced it with a Gary Fisher Tassajara Disc and was amazed at the difference in quality.
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Definately buy from your local bike shop (LBS) and not from a department store. Trek's hardtails are good beginner bikes, perhaps you'd like to take a look at the Specialized Hardrock Sport, I'm sure you could get '05s for even cheaper than 300 (I think they retail for 350 dollars over in the USA).
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Thanks for all of the information. I have two additional questions, where would I look for used bikes and if I were to go the new bike path which trek would you recomend; 820, 3500, 3700, 3900, the Specialized Hardrock Sport, or if i can get parents to give me some money the Y 26? Any one of those bike would you recomend getting or avoiding.
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Don't waste your money on that y 26. Get a hardtail in that price range.
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Don't get the y26. Get the 3900.
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Definately get the Trek. Don't buy anything from a department store. Or even better than buying new at $300, get a decent used hard tail. Don't look at anything full suspension.
I dont mean to hijack this thread but why should he stay away from Full suspension?
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Thanks for all of the information. I have two additional questions, where would I look for used bikes and if I were to go the new bike path which trek would you recomend; 820, 3500, 3700, 3900, the Specialized Hardrock Sport, or if i can get parents to give me some money the Y 26? Any one of those bike would you recomend getting or avoiding.
I'd go for the Specialized but if you're set on the Trek then get the 3900.
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FUll suspension bikes are useless at that low a price. Even at twice that price they are crap but $300 is way way too low for anything even remotely decent.

EDIT: Oops, meant to quote berzerker.
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I dont mean to hijack this thread but why should he stay away from Full suspension?
At that price range, a full suspension bike is absolutely useless.
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For all the riding purposes you described, I think an entry-level hardtail would be suitable for you...I am leaning towards the Hardrock. At the risk of repeating what is said on this forum, if buying new, see if you can get closeout deals..usually around end of summer, and make sure it fits you. if you're new to biking, buy from a lbs always! if you buy used, i would try look for a better bike...maybe in the $500-700 range that you could score for $300. would be best to get the bike checked out at the lbs before purchasing. good luck!
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I'm happy with my Trek mountain bike. The only problem is if you buy a low end bike you get a crappy fork that can't be adjusted or locked out. But you can always upgrade if you get really serious about biking.
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