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Old 08-17-06, 10:23 PM   #1
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which bike to buy?....need help

greetings....

i know, another which bike to buy thread.... But i need help.
i know very little bout all this.
so i depend on some knowlege from you folks.

here are the bikes i'm thinking about: or should i say i can afford.

06 Rockhopper rh, has lock out ,no disc, like the it feels when i sit on it , kinda compact feeling.love the way it looks.
seems fairly lite. am told it has low end components.$419.

06 Hardrock sport, no disc or lockout, low end components, seems a tad heavy,like the way it looks and it feels good too, feels maybe a tad more compact than the Rockhopper..$288.

06 Gary fisher Wahoo,has disc , no lock out, seems heavier than the Rockhopper. feels ok, but feels a tad long . i'm short -5'3 30 inch inseam,150lbs. and not sure how good the components are. $439.

so out of these which do you folks think would be good?
and i know looks are not every thing, but i gotta like what i see.
and yes i will test ride them as soon as i can. but til then would like some input!

Now IF and it's a BIG IF , i can some how get the budget director to go along , i might be able to spend a bit[tiny] more. see she thinks my Toys R Us bike is ok.

here is what i might consider then....if you folks think its worth the move.

06 Gary fisher Piranha, looks ok, it too seems a tad long, but not bad. has disc and lockout ,seems heavier than the Rockhopper. seems to have an ok mix of components.$527.

06 Iron horse Warrior comp, looks ok but no goose bumps, feels abit shorter[more compact] than the Fisher, but not by much. has disc but no lockout.$519.

06 Hardrock comp disc, feels compact, feels good, like the way it looks.no lock out, feels a tad heavy. and not sure bout the component mix. $480.

so if i can spend closer to 500$'s, which of those above should i consider?




so there!!!
i mention lockout, cause i have been told by some bike shop's,it's best to trade the disc for the lock out feature cause the disc's in this range are crap. and the lockout would help when riding on the street or hard trails and for climbing. they also tell me i wont get bobing out of my f/shocks.
so... i dont know, maybe you guy's can tell me!

sorry bout the long post!

Thanks for any info and opinions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BTW.... if you have a bike you think is better in my price range ,let me know and tell me why!
i'm here to learn........i'm all ear's!!!! thanks
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Old 08-18-06, 06:20 AM   #2
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go with the rockhopper and start with a better frame to build on later
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Go with the bike that is the most comfortable. At your given price points, most of the components will be entry level and the bikes will be pretty similar...plus they will all be relatively heavy, so base your choice on fit. You can always upgrade components later on.
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Old 08-19-06, 01:06 AM   #4
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Go with the bike that is the most comfortable. At your given price points, most of the components will be entry level and the bikes will be pretty similar...plus they will all be relatively heavy, so base your choice on fit. You can always upgrade components later on.
+1

my friend bought the GF pirhana. its fits him great because hes a bigger guy. the bike, although a little more expensive than mine, feels like crap to me. it just doesn't fit.

also, i would stay away from discs at such a low level. the disc brakes that came on my khs were far out performed by most rim brakes. the discs cost me more to get in the first place and even more to upgrade. my deores are great brakes but it wasnt worth the extra money i paid to get discs in the first place.

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BTW.... if you have a bike you think is better in my price range ,let me know and tell me why!
i'm here to learn........i'm all ear's!!!! thanks
may i suggest the khs alite? all but a few in the series are completely disc compatable, right down to the hubs, should you want to upgrade later.
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