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Old 07-16-07, 06:11 PM   #1
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Looking for a new Bike. PLEASE HELP

I've just got back from Colorado mountain biking and it was great. The bikes we had have full suspension and disc brakes. Do you know any bikes like that are around $500 or less. Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old 07-16-07, 06:24 PM   #2
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Specialized Hardrock or Rockhopper.

no full suspension, but no good Mountain Bike for $500 bucks will.
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Old 07-16-07, 06:30 PM   #3
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You won't get a "good" Dual Suspension bike for under a grand. However there are plenty of decent and reliable hardtails under $500
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Please Read Before asking Question: MTB FAQ.
The bikes in this pricepoint) are solid entry level bikes that are intended to get people interested in the sport so that they can decide to

1. Continue in the sport upgrading to a more expensive bike later
or
2. Decide that they don't like the sport but find that they still aren't out that much money

Go to your LBS (Local Bike Shop) see what they have and test ride. Find two or three that you really like and feel good then come back for our opinions. (If you bombard us with 8 bazillion Bike A vs Bike B questions the quality of response WILL go down.)

The #1 thing is "Does the bike FEEL right?" components are a secondary concern (You really don't want ***** components but it's still not as important as feel.) It's my opinion that buying a bike is 80% FEEL and 20% everything else.

Go To A Real LBS

My suggestion is to go to a REAL bike shop were bikes are the MAIN business (not Sports Authority and the like) and see what they have to offer. Even a used bike would be a better choice than those boat anchors sold at Sports Authority X-mart and the like.

Good suspension bikes start at around $1000. At the $500 price point you're MUCH better off getting a hardtail.

With a FS bike there are more (expensive) things to go wrong especially on a low end model such as those suggested by the pricepoint. Bikes such as the Discovery 1 or the Y-26 can't handle the kind of abuse inherent in more technical riding nor will they make a good "ride with the family" bike as the suspensions systems of both will eat large amounts of energy due to suspension bob.

A suspension bike isn't going to do ANYTHING to prevent knee / wrist injuries caused by jumping as most of them are caused by crashing / falling off the bike rather than landing correctly.

One last thing the reason a GOOD full suspension bike starts at around $1000 is due to the better shocks and all around better designs.
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Thanks for the help, I think im going to try that Rockhopper
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