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Old 10-16-06, 06:44 PM   #1
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New to Mountain Biking

Hi guys,

I am wanting to get into Mountain Biking but i am on a budget. I dont want to spend more than $500.00. I saw a Specialized Rockhopper for $350.00. Please help me pick a really good bike for the money i want to spend. Also, i live in Miami and am 5'10 290lbs. I am really wanting this to lose weight as well. Thanks guys!
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Old 10-16-06, 06:59 PM   #2
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hello...don't know much about the bike, but just wanted to welcome you to the forums!
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Old 10-16-06, 07:38 PM   #3
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a rockhopper for $350 sounds like a good deal to me. Those start at $520, so you're getting a good deal. What year is it? I'm new to the sport as well and picked up a Trek 4300 for about $350, around two months ago. I think if you ride the Rockhopper and like it, then it's a good deal. The rockhopper is better spec'd than my bike, it has a much better fork, and better front derailleur. the other stuff is just like a specialized finishing kit, whereas the bike i got had bontrager.
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Old 10-17-06, 08:02 AM   #4
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Its a 2007 Rockhopper. I dont know jack abt the sport and need some helpful insight as to what is good and what is not. i dont want to make a bad decision on my first bike. Either way, if there is someone out there who can help please do and thanks for having me in your forums.
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Old 10-17-06, 01:36 PM   #5
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well i'm quite sure that a rockhopper is a great deal for $350, i don't know why nobody else has replied. I don't know what else to recommend in that price range, but if you ride the rockhopper and like it, then i would buy it. maybe you shoud change the thread title to "rockhopper for $350?"
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Old 10-17-06, 01:48 PM   #6
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welcome to the forum, and if you can get a new rockhopper for $350 and it fits you, go for it.
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If you're looking at a leftover 06 demonstrator (rental) Rockhopper, then the $350 price tag is about right, but still a very good deal. I paid $360 for my leftover 05 demonstrator Rockhopper one year ago. I think it was a really good deal despite the paint scratches. If you're looking at a new Rockhopper for $350, check the serial number to be sure it's not stolen. If it isn't grab it, that's a great price.
IMHO the base Rockhopper is a very stable bike/frame for the money. If I had it to do over again, I'd still buy the Rockhopper.
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