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Old 09-28-06, 06:59 PM   #1
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what are mountain bikes to stay away from?

like I mentioned in my first post,I have been absent from riding for 10 years....I know it's about personal tastes....but I just want to stay away from "trendy" mountain bikes............I have been looking at kona,gt,fisher,specialized stumpjumper (I always wanted one of those).....or either bontrager but honestly,I can't find one anywhere and back in the day,that was my holy grail of bikes.....Thanks
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like I mentioned in my first post,I have been absent from riding for 10 years....I know it's about personal tastes....but I just want to stay away from "trendy" mountain bikes............I have been looking at kona,gt,fisher,specialized stumpjumper (I always wanted one of those).....or either bontrager but honestly,I can't find one anywhere and back in the day,that was my holy grail of bikes.....Thanks

I don't remember your budget or target riding type.

I dont quite understand what you meant by wanting to stay away from 'trendy' bikes either.

If you ask me, Cannondale makes some great bikes, and they often don't get the credit they deserve. You'll pay a small premium for a Cannondale, but you get a top-notch bike.
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Any of those would be fine I think, add to that Trek. You can't go too wrong so long as you stay away from toy store bikes.
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What bike to stay away from?????Mine!.....
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or either bontrager but honestly,I can't find one anywhere and back in the day,that was my holy grail of bikes.....Thanks
bontrager hasn't built a bike in a while.. they are owned by trek and the name appears on parts on trek, klein, gary fisher, and lemond bikes.
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I don't remember your budget or target riding type.

I dont quite understand what you meant by wanting to stay away from 'trendy' bikes either.

If you ask me, Cannondale makes some great bikes, and they often don't get the credit they deserve. You'll pay a small premium for a Cannondale, but you get a top-notch bike.
well,my budget is 1000 dollars........and what I meant by trendy is bikes that the more "upper eshalante" people ride but are not serious riders when it comes to riding in the woods...they would rather ride because it matches their bike clothing...did that make more sense?
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well,my budget is 1000 dollars........and what I meant by trendy is bikes that the more "upper eshalante" people ride but are not serious riders when it comes to riding in the woods...they would rather ride because it matches their bike clothing...did that make more sense?
With a budget of $1000 you can only really look at a hardtail. After that your list of bikes are fine.

There is no such thing as a bike that is exclusive to posers so don't get hung up on anything like that. Just pick the bike that feels the best to you.
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well,my budget is 1000 dollars........and what I meant by trendy is bikes that the more "upper eshalante" people ride but are not serious riders when it comes to riding in the woods...they would rather ride because it matches their bike clothing...did that make more sense?
Nah dude, those are the roadies.

Of course.. if your doing it right, your bike and clothing should look uniform anyways. A dirt brown of course
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well,my budget is 1000 dollars........and what I meant by trendy is bikes that the more "upper eshalante" people ride but are not serious riders when it comes to riding in the woods...they would rather ride because it matches their bike clothing...did that make more sense?
If you're worried about what other people ride, then you're no better. Just get a bike that fits you, feels comfortable, is fun to ride, and is in your price range.
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well,my budget is 1000 dollars........and what I meant by trendy is bikes that the more "upper eshalante" people ride but are not serious riders when it comes to riding in the woods...they would rather ride because it matches their bike clothing...did that make more sense?


yes. You mean people that ride a particular bike b/c of the "bling factor". Sort of like the same people that drive riced-up hyundai's and expect people to be impressed by their wal-mart spinners.

except in the case of BIKES...they go out and buy the most expensive bike they can find simply because they think it gives them an automatic repuation as being "hardcore".

yeah...I know those types. I hate them with a passion.
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There are alot of people in here who are easily bothered.
but I think they will all agree that you should stay away from toy store bikes.
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Stay away from JCPenney bikes.

Only poseurs ride them.

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There are alot of people in here who are easily bothered.
but I think they will all agree that you should stay away from toy store bikes.
Or anything with a "y" frame.
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well,my budget is 1000 dollars........and what I meant by trendy is bikes that the more "upper eshalante" people ride but are not serious riders when it comes to riding in the woods...they would rather ride because it matches their bike clothing...did that make more sense?
1000 isn't going to get you anything near what your definition of "trendy" appears to be. It'll get you a safely midrange bike from most manufacturers.

Most mountain bikers who are prepared to put down serious money for a bike are pretty keen riders- there's not much point to posing out on dirt trails as nobody else can see you. As someone else pointed out, you are probably confusing mountain bikers with a subset of roadies.

You're basically worried about something that really doesn't matter in the mountain biking world.
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yes. You mean people that ride a particular bike b/c of the "bling factor". Sort of like the same people that drive riced-up hyundai's and expect people to be impressed by their wal-mart spinners.

except in the case of BIKES...they go out and buy the most expensive bike they can find simply because they think it gives them an automatic repuation as being "hardcore".

yeah...I know those types. I hate them with a passion.
yes,that's exactly the answer I was looking for...........end thread
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yes,that's exactly the answer I was looking for...........end thread
Then in that case if you don't want to buy a bike that may make you look like a poser then head to your local Wal-Mart and buy something there. There is no chance that a poser will be caught dead with that.
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Stay away from konas. Trust me.
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1000 isn't going to get you anything near what your definition of "trendy" appears to be. It'll get you a safely midrange bike from most manufacturers.

Most mountain bikers who are prepared to put down serious money for a bike are pretty keen riders- there's not much point to posing out on dirt trails as nobody else can see you. As someone else pointed out, you are probably confusing mountain bikers with a subset of roadies.

You're basically worried about something that really doesn't matter in the mountain biking world.
but I disagree,back in the late 80's and early 90's in marin county (mountain bike snob capital of the world), you just simply weren't cool if you didn't have a Rithchey, Bontrager, or a Fisher (what they rode) and if you pedal up to them on something like.........sayyyyy a specialized "rock hopper",you basically get laughed at....well,I assume you guys are younger than me (39) and I'm glad to see mountain bikers have lightened up a bit around here about what people here ride............................thanks for the info there..............eh?
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I would say that 10 to 15 years ago, suspension technology wasn't what it is now. Back then companies were trying to put shocks where ever they could to make their bikes look cool.

That was also the time of purple, green and gold anodized parts heyday!

Now that suspension design has become more refined, you get less of the "look down your nose" treatment.
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but I disagree,back in the late 80's and early 90's in marin county (mountain bike snob capital of the world), you just simply weren't cool if you didn't have a Rithchey, Bontrager, or a Fisher (what they rode) and if you pedal up to them on something like.........sayyyyy a specialized "rock hopper",you basically get laughed at....well,I assume you guys are younger than me (39) and I'm glad to see mountain bikers have lightened up a bit around here about what people here ride............................thanks for the info there..............eh?
That's your perception.

Why do you care what other people think about something that is so meaningless as a bike?

BTW, I worked and rode in Marin at that time and our groups were a mixed bag from low-end Bridgestones, Specializeds and Treks to custom Ibi all the way up to Merlins and I never saw any of this "snobbery" that has you so concerned.
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buy a bike that fits you and your intended purpose. ride it. period.
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