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Old 08-16-07, 09:17 PM   #1
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Full Suspension (Dual-Suspension) Bike Cheapest

What is the cheapest, but decent quality dual-suspension bike?

I am looking for something good, but with a strong frame, and as low-priced as possible to fit my budget.
But nothing like a $200 piece of junk.

Am I really only limited now at getting a decent hardtail, without having to fork out $1500.

I would like the strength of steel, or at least
7005 double butted Aluminum.

Thanks.
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Old 08-16-07, 09:22 PM   #2
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Old 08-16-07, 09:26 PM   #3
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ahh.. woodstock... those were the good days
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You didn't mention what kind of riding you planned to do.
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Cheapest is probably Ironhorse because the frames are built in China. They're not bad, just a bit heavy.

My main trail bike is a Giant Reign 3, '05 model that I paid $999 for. It's a 5/6" travel bike with decent components... LX derailleurs, deore shifters, etc. I was on a biking hiatus from 2003 to 2006, and raced downhill for three years before that. When I got back into biking, I was no longer interested in blowing tons of money on a single bike. The Giant fit the bill and thus far I've been pleasantly surprised. No major problems. The Hayes Sole brakes are probably the only thing I don't really care for, but I can live with them for now. I may change to some Avid BB7s eventually. We'll see.

A couple weeks ago I saw a Schwinn Rocket '05 at performance also for $999. Would've been a killer deal for anyone who snagged that bike during the "double points" weekend where they basically get 20% back in store credit.

You can always consider used as well, but I'd only buy locally and test ride before purchase. If you don't have a lot of biking experience, you may want to bring a more experienced friend who can spot any problems with the bike.
Is Ironhorse any good? They have decent prices, but I am looking for sturdy, and strong and high tensile. I don't care for weight, though it would be nice, but am trying to keep the costs low.

I am doing trails with some mild drops, nothing too crazy, just don't want to bottom out, or to blow out the shocks, and I don't want a bike that snaps in half.
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What is the cheapest, but decent quality dual-suspension bike?

I am looking for something good, but with a strong frame, and as low-priced as possible to fit my budget.
But nothing like a $200 piece of junk.

Am I really only limited now at getting a decent hardtail, without having to fork out $1500.

I would like the strength of steel, or at least
7005 double butted Aluminum.

Thanks.
A Specialized FSRxc Rim will set you back around $1200 (maybe you can find a sale). Not a bad bike. It has a good frame that would make upgrades worthwhile.

A Trek Fuel EX5 will run you about the same.

Kona Kikapu will run around $1000. It's got a pretty low spec but would be worth a look.

Go try some. Find a buddy who's bike you can borrow for a bit more than the 'ride the parking lot' test ride. I don't know where you live, Grun, but maybe you have a ski area close by that you could rent a bike to test. Most of the rentals are going to be bikes of about this level.

Good luck.
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another cheap one...

http://giant-bicycles.com/en-US/bike...in/1382/29355/

crappy parts though
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the 2008 giant trance 2 looks like a good deal at around $1100

if only i could find one

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kona kikapu hands down in my opinion

it rivals the Giant Trance but cheaper

i got the kikapu for $599 while the trance was around $1.2k


although the giant trance was obviously slightly better, it was not worth another $600 for me
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