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Old 08-08-07, 02:04 AM   #1
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Looking for an entry-level bike

i know tons of ppl come here for help on which bike to get at around 500$ or under.. well that's what i'm doing.. anyways, im a total noobie when it comes to bikes.. im planning to ride mostly on road/pavement with an occasional off-road.. probably 90% pavement 10% off-road.. so i'm favoring more towards speed/climbing-oriented bikes over offroad-oriented bikes.. any suggestions?
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Old 08-08-07, 03:21 AM   #2
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Well if you knw that it happens how bout you read the stickied FAQ? Or the billion other effing threads about it?
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Ignore BFG, he's a little grumpy from being up so early.

Sounds like what you are looking for is a cyclocross style bike. It is set up like a road bike (for the most part) with a stiff frame and wheels for the offroading portion that you are looking for. Problem that you are going to run into is that there isn't much, if anything, in your price range. My suggestion is that you save up a little more and really research so you make a really informed purchase. Ride lots of bikes so you find something you are going to love.

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or what you could do if you value comfort as well is simply get a entry level mountain bike. I would suggest the Rockhopper. The Rockhopper doesn't have as aggressive a design as say the Hardrock. Its relatively light and you could put slick tires on it...

or you could try hybrids
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Old 08-08-07, 12:21 PM   #5
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I have seen the redline conquest sport cyclocross bike for as low as $599 at a seattle area bike shop. Seems like nice fast ride that could handle some rough limestone paths, but singletrack would be pushing it.

Craigslist will have a lot of good older mtn bikes under 500 and you could throw 1.0 or 1.5 slicks on there and it should be pretty fast and durable.
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thanks bros for the help.. it helped me decide that im just going to go for a road bike instead for casual paved bike trails and some commuting.. in the future when i save up some green then ill get into the mountain biking thanks again!
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Old 08-08-07, 04:38 PM   #7
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Check out the Kona Dew. Fits your style and price range.

http://www.konaworld.com/bikes/2k7/DEW/index.html

I have one and ride it a lot. Bike paths, pulling trailers, running to the store. I take it on a lot of trips where I do not feel like taking multiple bikes bikes. It does well on road and dirt. Has a pretty good climbing gear. Put some knobs on it for mtb riding.

Downside. Long distance road riding with flat bars I do not like much. I guess you could put bar ends on or something.
Don't plan on doing any big hits or drops on it.

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