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Old 09-25-06, 01:20 PM   #1
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5 ft girl looking to buy $250 bike =)

I'm planning to buy my first mountain bike and my budget is about $250. I'm female and about 5 ft tall only so I need a bike with small sizes. I'm just planning to use it around NYC in Central Park and along the Hudson River. What bikes do you recommend and which shops should I buy it from?

No pink or pastel colored bikes please!

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Old 09-25-06, 01:30 PM   #2
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$250? Thats not much to work with, although it doesnt sound like you need anything fancy.

Giant Boulder WSD (women specific design) - $240 (there's a slightly better SE version for $280)



Trek 820 - $259



Those look like your 2 best options if you wantr a new bike. You could probably find something better used if you look around.
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I'd definitely avoid a suspension fork at that price point (up to at least $450). Pointless, useless weight. I know, cos I had one
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I think even terrible crappy forks are ok on bikes used on paved paths. If nothing else, they smooth out bumps in the pavement a little.
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Hi:

A buddy of mine from Brooklyn has a Specialized Hardrock and likes it very much. You are actually shopping at a good time (end of season) so you can get a lot more bike for 250 than usual. Basically, test out at least 3 to see what fits and what doesn't..... also, a hybrid bike might be better for the job since you are doing mostly city.
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I'd definitely avoid a suspension fork at that price point (up to at least $450). Pointless, useless weight. I know, cos I had one
+1...if those inexpensive forks worked, it would be a shock
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+1...if those inexpensive forks worked, it would be a shock
+1... made me laugh
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What about the Raleigh Mojave 2.0 ? It seems to be aluminum and it's only $250.

http://www.raleighusa.com/items.asp?...35&childid=538
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Shop around and see if you can find a Specialized Hardrock Sport. I know the LBS where I purchased mine has '06's down to $279, and are aching to deal on them.
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I'd go for used, for that amount of money you can get a better bike
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Old 09-25-06, 08:23 PM   #12
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Shop around and see if you can find a Specialized Hardrock Sport. I know the LBS where I purchased mine has '06's down to $279, and are aching to deal on them.

I bought my 10yr daughter a Hardrock Sport WSD this summer, it's a nice entry level bike. My girl is probably about 5 ft right now and we got a medium, she can handle it fine though it's a bit heavier than my Trek 3700.

Pricewise though, it was about $379 for a current model year, 06 closeouts may be cheaper.
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Get the Giant Boulder. It will serve you well, and they make smaller sizes. The fork is only suited for the kind of riding you plan on doing, so it's a good match.
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What about the Raleigh Mojave 2.0 ? It seems to be aluminum and it's only $250.

http://www.raleighusa.com/items.asp?...35&childid=538
This is probably plenty for what you are intending on using it for. If you are eventually looking to get into more trail riding, it might be worth spending a little extra now. If you are only planning on riding on the paved paths in Central Park and near the Hudson, this bike should handle it just fine.
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I'm planning to buy my first mountain bike and my budget is about $250. I'm female and about 5 ft tall only so I need a bike with small sizes. I'm just planning to use it around NYC in Central Park and along the Hudson River. What bikes do you recommend and which shops should I buy it from?

No pink or pastel colored bikes please!

Thanks so much!
If it's for light use only, why not a dept. store bike...i bought this to use as my winterbike because of snow and salt for only $72.96 cdn. has a 2 year warranty on the parts, lifetime on the frame:
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Thanks for all your advice. Based on MSRP and if ever I don't find discounted higher-end models, these bikes seem to fit my specifications:

Giant Boulder SE ($280)


Raleigh 2.0 ($249)


Jamis Ranger XR ($235)


Gary Fisher Mako ($260)


Trek 3700 ($309)


Which would you choose?
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that jamis ranger is actually a nice looking bike at the under $250 price point. i might just try to find one for my wife to try out.
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Rigids. Did she want a rigid?
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I have a 2007 Trek 3700, basic entry-level mtb (first bike after 15+ years). I use it on mainly dirt single-track, fireroads, dry creek beds and it has served me well. When I do encounter bigger rocks I do slow down significantly compared to my riding buddies' higher-end hardtails or full-squish bikes.

But if I knew what I know now, comps., specs, the right fit, I would encourage you to find a year or two older bikes with better comps, like a 2003 Trek 4500. Then again if you do that it voids warranties and LBS support. But I cannot complain with my current ride. Cheers.



or a Trek 4300


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Rigids. Did she want a rigid?
I noticed that too. Sounds like she will be riding primarily on paved trails, so it may not make a big difference.
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They all seem like possible options for the type of riding you have indicated you will be doing. I'd suggest seeing what bike shops near you carry them and give each a try. Being comfortable on the bike is very important. Note that the Jamis and Fisher were both rigids (no suspension fork).
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Oh you're right, I didn't notice those bikes didn't have suspension. It's really important to me that my ride is comfortable - I want to be able to hop off the curb onto the street (that's the max I will probably do) given that I will just be riding in NYC.
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I just want to let say that once you get your bike there is this huge possibility that you would love it and get into trail riding. So, it is something to think about. Cheers.
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maybe you should post some pics of yourself so we may better assess the situation.
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Only a couple of reviews on the Fisher on the MTB site but both weren't too happy with it. The Jamis gets only one review so it's hard to say but it's a good one at least. The Trek 3500 also has a ridgid fork but they seem to have discontinued it this year...if you could find an 06 that might be another to consider.
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