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    Mt. Bike purchase advise

    I am a roadie looking for some good advice on a Mt. Bike for my son's livein girl. Budget is under $800 and soft or hardtail will be considered. Just trial riding in Montana where they live.

    I was really surprised there is no sticky with bikes at the entry price point like there is on the road bike fourm
    - Under $700 - which is considered the entry price point for a pretty good road bike. Just like Mt. biking you can spend thousands on a road bike - but a $700 one will get you from a to b in pretty good shape.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Forgot to add: I have built up 7 bikes so a frame and scrounging of parts is also not out of the question.

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    Specialized Hardrock @$500.
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    there used to be a "under $500 MTB" thread - look back towards the fall & maybe you'll find it.
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    Read the "Please Read before asking Questions" sticky - Chapter 2
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    Quote Originally Posted by apclassic9
    Read the "Please Read before asking Questions" sticky - Chapter 2
    Please do not treat me like I fell off a turnip truck. I asked a valid question and my price point is $800 not $500 or so. I have 11 bikes in my garage and know a heck of a lot about road bikes. Just looking for some suggestions beyond what I have found locally.

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    do you want to build the bike or would you rather buy something stock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oilman_15106
    Please do not treat me like I fell off a turnip truck. I asked a valid question and my price point is $800 not $500 or so. I have 11 bikes in my garage and know a heck of a lot about road bikes. Just looking for some suggestions beyond what I have found locally.
    Calm down. Throwing around attitude isn't going to get you very far on this forum. Trust me. I don't want to put words in her mouth, but I believe that she mentioned this in response to your comment, "I was really surprised there is no sticky with bikes at the entry price point like there is on the road bike fourm..." There is a sticky and the price point that was chosen here was $500 based on the volume of questions that have been received asking about mountain bikes at $500 or less.

    To answer your question, at the price point that you are considering, you probably want to stick to hardtails if buying new. You'll be able to get a good frame and some decent level components. If you are looking for a full suspension, looking used might provide you with better options.

    Regarding hardtails, the following brands all have solid offers in your price range:
    Cannondale
    Kona
    Specialized
    Gary Fisher
    Giant
    Trek

    I'm sure others around here can provide some additional thoughts.
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Quote Originally Posted by oilman_15106
    Please do not treat me like I fell off a turnip truck.
    $500 is the entry level for MTB hardtails. she was trying to help you out.

    $800 should get you one step above a budget hartail.

    pick a brand any brand.

    The only thing you will need to know is whether or not she requires a beefier frame, for jumps and stunts, or if she is looking for a lighter weight XC rig.

    Something else to consider is whether or not your son is a pig sticker. If yes, then you may want to check out the Kona Hoss Line of bikes.

    good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by oilman_15106
    Please do not treat me like I fell off a turnip truck. I asked a valid question and my price point is $800 not $500 or so. I have 11 bikes in my garage and know a heck of a lot about road bikes. Just looking for some suggestions beyond what I have found locally.
    No you didn't fall off the truck...you're still on it. Remember the old adage of flys and honey? It applies here too.

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    Am I the only one getting annoyed from these threads??!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeRidin'
    Am I the only one getting annoyed from these threads??!
    Do you mean:

    a. someone asking for bike buying advice without looking at the stickies or doing searches

    or

    b. someone throwing **** at long time members and asking for favors

    or

    c. someone saying things that would make one think they are a troll


    answer key:

    if a: Not so much. Searching can get really difficult sometimes. Perhaps there could be a sticky with the title of "Bikes under $500," rather than it just being in the beginner thread.

    if b: Yes.

    if c: Seems to come with being a part of any forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoeglassjd
    Perhaps there could be a sticky with the title of "Bikes under $500," rather than it just being in the beginner thread.
    +10000000000

    Mr. Smashy get to work!
    Quote Originally Posted by Killer B
    The way I ride requires the most advanced, toughest wheelset's available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeRidin'
    +10000000000

    Mr. Smashy get to work!
    Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oilman_15106
    ...... and know a heck of a lot about road bikes.
    That about sums it up right there.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    You know, I wouldn't even have gone looking for the entry level info (ie, chapter 2 of the beginners thread) if the oilman hadn't said "I was really surprised there is no sticky with bikes at the entry price point like there is on the road bike fourm" - ask, and you shall receive, oilman. Don't complain about the thread titlebeing offensive to your bike collection! Aside from both having a frame & wheels, Road & MTBs are a bit different, as you obviously realize. The beginners thread tells you about the important differences, and what to look for. Sorry you didn't need the info. Go to you LBS & look around - maybe they won't treat you like you fell off a turnip truck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oilman_15106
    Please do not treat me like I fell off a turnip truck. I asked a valid question and my price point is $800 not $500 or so. I have 11 bikes in my garage and know a heck of a lot about road bikes. Just looking for some suggestions beyond what I have found locally.
    Good job, you were just rude to the nicest, most patient member on this board. It's not nice to talk to our (mtb forum's) mom in such a tone. Probably not the route I would take to get help around here.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Oh, Lowcel, now I'm blushing!
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apclassic9
    Oh, Lowcel, now I'm blushing!
    I'm blushing too.
    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    im also a roadie looking to buy a lower-level mtb so im familiar with your situation....

    check out Jamis at http://www.jamisbikes.com. i have an entry-level road bike from jamis and never saw a reason to upgrade because its such a good bike, but theyve been making solid MTBs since their inception and you can get a good component mix at lower prices than some other places.

    personally, i have my eyes on the 2007 Durango 2.0 in the hardtails.
    MSRP - $775 USD.
    solid bike, solid specs, solid price.

    you can browse around on the website and check things out, and you can usually rely on LBS owners to shave a little bit off the MSRP for the sake of price competition if you befriend them. hope this helps, and good luck on your search.
    MTB: 2005 Fisher Marlin
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    Quote Originally Posted by apclassic9
    Oh, Lowcel, now I'm blushing!
    I look like I'm blushing. In reality I am just extremely sun burned. I look like a freaking lobster!!! I went out and did a century yesterday and forgot to use any lotion. Oops.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audiophile121
    im also a roadie looking to buy a lower-level mtb so im familiar with your situation....

    check out Jamis at http://www.jamisbikes.com. theyve been making solid MTBs for a long time and you can get a good component mix at lower prices than some other places.

    personally, i have my eyes on the 2007 Durango 2.0 in the hardtails.
    MSRP - $775 USD.
    solid bike, solid price.

    you can browse around on the website and check things out, and you can usually rely on LBS owners to shave a little bit off the MSRP for the sake of price competition if you befriend them. hope this helps, and good luck on your search.
    Jamis are awesome bikes for their price. Also check out KHS and Giants. They have a great quality to price ratio as well.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    There's a Scott Scale 70, list price $799.99 for $559.95 + $45 shipping at www.sierratradingpost.com

    Deore & XT, 7005 alloy butted frame, Rock shox J2 fork w/ 80 mm travel - a bit heavy at 27.9 pounds, but sounds nice for tooling about.
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    Lowcel - Serves you right for being in FL while we're having a snow storm!
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoeglassjd
    Do you mean:

    a. someone asking for bike buying advice without looking at the stickies or doing searches

    or

    b. someone throwing **** at long time members and asking for favors

    or

    c. someone saying things that would make one think they are a troll


    answer key:

    if a: Not so much. Searching can get really difficult sometimes. Perhaps there could be a sticky with the title of "Bikes under $500," rather than it just being in the beginner thread.

    if b: Yes.

    if c: Seems to come with being a part of any forum.
    Oh man... i just had to laugh at you & your above there, Mr. long time member.
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