Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. #1
    rider of the east sherpaPeak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    722
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Best hardtail between $500-1000......Complete bike

    I was trying to find the $500 bike thread, but was not successful. So, I thought I would start this one. Since, there are many new contributors and new bikes/ideas in the market these days......it would be an interesting discussion.......the idea was rejouvinated by a hiker friend who wants to join mountain biking.....but he is very discouraged by all the bling bling bikes on the magazines (he runs a bood store) that he came across.....also, when he tried to find a decent bike at the above price range he could not get any helpful direction from those magazines....

    I think we can help him out.......I gave him a couple of option...but he thinks I am bias towards Kona and Rockhopper.....but he has devoted his trust on you guys....please help him out..
    "....You are never lost, if you dont care where you are...."

  2. #2
    Senior Member garysol1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Avon , Ohio
    Posts
    9,865
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    On the lower end of the scale, I really like my Gary Fisher Tassajara. I was able to get a new 06 for $500.00. Why do I like it.....It has nice component mix with a Deore front, LX rear deraileur. Disc ready hubs with quality Bontrager rims. Single Digit 3 brakes. If there is a weak point it would be the Manitou Axel Platinum fork ....but to be honest, I found if I ran the Air Pressure on the low side they don't feel all that bad.

  3. #3
    Custom User never's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    T0L0K0
    Posts
    3,739
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

  4. #4
    ★ ★ ★
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    2,068
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    tassajara disc. great frame design, good components, & hydro discs for under $1,000.

  5. #5
    rider of the east sherpaPeak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    722
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks never.....
    "....You are never lost, if you dont care where you are...."

  6. #6
    MegadetH
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Blue Ridge, Georgia
    My Bikes
    Brodie Omega
    Posts
    160
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have 2 Brodie Omegas that run 6-700. Very tough bike.
    MegadetH is the best ever! Deal with it...or not? HHMmm. Did I spell that right? I might look it up. Rambling here...this might be a good time to end...lets see..good, good ill end it here. Now I gotta hit "Save Signature" or this wont work like I had planned. To many options. This screens to bright although i do like the pale grey background. Easy on the eyes, I suppose thats a good thing

  7. #7
    rider of the east sherpaPeak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    722
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I used to think that Rockhoppers were one of the best bikes in this price range.....but, recently it looks like they are downgrading the specs on the hopper..........do you think with the recent set up.....rockhopper is a lesser bike......specially given the fact that companies like...Iron Horse and GT, among others, are offering a much better package at that price point.....

    any thought
    "....You are never lost, if you dont care where you are...."

  8. #8
    Flatland hack Flak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Nowhere near the mountains :/
    Posts
    3,229
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I wouldn't have bought a rockhopper if it were speced like the 07's when i was shopping.

  9. #9
    sarcasm meter: jerk mode santiago's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Montréal, QC, Canada
    My Bikes
    2005 Kona Blast; 2005 Turner Flux, 2006 Felt F3C
    Posts
    4,512
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Kona did the same thing last year. My 2005 Blast went down a notch in several components in 2006.
    First Class Jerk

  10. #10
    It's not easy being green FatBomber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Chicago
    My Bikes
    Cannondale Jekyll 700, Jamis Eclipse
    Posts
    437
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Never trust a limping dog or the tears of a woman.

  11. #11
    Flatland hack Flak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Nowhere near the mountains :/
    Posts
    3,229
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That IH was going to be my bike, until my lbs switched to Specialized and stopped carrying IH. I was gutted when i couldnt get it. Cool colour too.

    You won't find better for the price imo.
    Last edited by Flak; 12-12-06 at 02:33 PM.

  12. #12
    rider of the east sherpaPeak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    722
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    that Iron Horse and the Iron horse race (http://www.rscycle.com/s.nl/it.A/id....=7&category=56) are great deals.......I wish had the money for an extra bike. I would definitely buy one of those or this one (http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/4...-Scale-60.html) you can get this bike for $520 with coupons and discounts......
    "....You are never lost, if you dont care where you are...."

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Bayer Area
    My Bikes
    Raleigh M60, Raleigh Supercourse (road), customs....
    Posts
    118
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Is he long legged. I beleive a Cobia with 29" wheels can be had for a bit under $1000. If he is a hiker he will appreciate the roll.

  14. #14
    Member JimmyDean012's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Arizona
    My Bikes
    Walmart POS
    Posts
    32
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I know they say buying bikes online without having ridden them is a bad idea, but check this bike out : http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/TR-COMP-X7-Details.html . For the money those are some darn good components. If you can spend around $1250, then check out the Trophy Pro. SRAM X.9 derallieurs, Juicy-7 hydraulic brakes, the works. This one that is $869 and features X.7 derallieurs and Avid BB-7 mech disc brakes. The fork is pretty decent, but could be upgraded to something with a little more travel if you need it. A really neat feature on the Trophy Pro is that it has a remote lockout for the front fork. To me that seems like an awesome idea. Here is the link for the Trophy Pro : http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/TR-PRO-Details.html .

  15. #15
    Senior Member mlh122's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    NW
    My Bikes
    Trek 4500
    Posts
    882
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    my trek 4500 was $460 new out the door. it has tektro v brakes that don't even compare to hydros but work pretty well when adjusted properly, fork/frame/wheels are all disc ready, i may upgrade someday but they get me by. the rockshox judy fork is very firm. its rigid most of the time and only compresses on bumps. i'd like it to be softer but i like the firmness as i ride on road 70%+ of the time. it weighs about 26lbs without accessories., acera front/deore rear ders. the acera has never needed adjustment in the 2 years ive had it. the deore needs adjustment about every 100 miles, but even when its out of adjustment it rides fine, i just like it to be perfect. it came with broad metal platform pedals with pegs. umm not sure what else to say. i've ridden it on hundreds of on and off road miles and it loves it. i changed the grips to spec ergos and the saddle to a terry. i also threw on chevron tread tires (more road oriented than the acx's it came with, but still very nice off road) and a rear rack since i do more commuting than off road during the winter. i might keep the rack on because it acts as a fender and i could haul more food/first aid/camera stuff on trails in the summer too. all in all i think its a great bike for the money and what i do with it.

    my wife has a trek fuel ex that has 4" or 5" in the front and rear, and both can go from super soft to firm to locked out, so it can be a rigid, a plush HT, a firm HT, a plush FS, or a firm FS. it came with fox front and rear suspension and LX front and XT rear ders, hayes hydros - nines or sole i don't remember, they work well though - it was $1300

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •