I'm in my late teens and an avid cyclist. i recently decided to take up mountain biking and i ended up riding some trails in southern ontario and i enjoyed it quite a bit. on my first time on the basic trail i fell nearly a dozen times cause i tried to go a little fast but by the end i'd learn my lesson about when to speed and when to worry about control.
by the time i got to the advanced and more technical trails, learning when to shift my weight, stand, sit and things like that were more natural and i only fell once.
i want to get more serious but not before testing the waters first and making sure that i dont get myself in too deep.
i dont have access to the more advanced trails for a while now but i am visiting some more basic trails in ontario and i purchased a cheapo dual suspension bike (Iron Horse Axion DX) to start me off.
i know what you guys are thinking about the brand and such but please keep in mind that im on a student's income and i cant afford to spend over $900 for an amazing bikes until i've tested the waters and learned my way.
i purchased the the $500 bike for 250 when it was on sale and its been decent on the basic trails although i was lucky enough to use a friend's Kona bike for the more technical trail.
if you've been patient enough to read this far, my point is, where do i go from here?
i know the Iron Horse will eventually fall apart and iv spent some cash on bike accessories that could easily be transfered to a newer and better bike.
i will soon need to buy a serious mountain bike and only use the iron horse for casual rides and i need to know what bikes are good for MTB, under $1000, good for XC trails with lots of climbs, i dont mind buying used
dual suspension, full suspension, or hardtail?
which bikes/brands are good, and where are good used/new bike stores in the greater toronto area?
p.s. which other accessories are decent add-ons?
which helmets are lightest/best? should i change to sports sunglasses (which), cause my other ones stayed on my face but did bounce a lot. i dont want cleats but i want good solid pedals instead, where can i find a cage to hold two bottles? i need to know the little things
remember im on a budget, no oakleys for me (yet) but i can get things like bolle and smiths at a discount, as well as sugoi riding gear
all help is appreciated
unlike you i'll keep this response short- get an "all mountain" bike if you want to ride all sorts of terrain, specialized's enduro is a great bike. as far as accesories go go with whatever feels the best, test out what your buddies have and ask the guys at your lbs.
I doubt many American's would get this joke...lol
I had a Supercycle Hooligan before I got my Hardrock... absolute crap
I don't know whether I'd go dual suspension or full suspension in your case. (sarcasm...they're the same)
Originally Posted by RHCP87
For your described terrain with as much climbing as you seem to have...I'd say get a nice hardtail. There's a killer deal right now on the Jamis Dakota Elite at Jensonusa.com. I know it's about $100 more than your $1000 budget, but it's on big time sale. Much MO-FO-YO-$$.
There are sooo many brands out there these days and 1k will get a very nice Hardtail.
Specialized: Rockhopper, Stumpjumper HT (year end closeout, or used)
Gary Fisher: Hoo Koo E Koo
Jamis: Dakota, Dragon
Gosh...that's just the tip of the ice berg. Best thing you can do is find a good LBS and buy a year end closeout that they will be able to back up your waranty and give you free tune ups for a year.
haha BenLi i had a supercycle when i was 9, that thing broke so many times