Hey guys. I previously did quit a bit of mountain biking but havnt really done any for about 5 years now. Im looking at getting back into it for this spring and my girl friend wanted to start too. I have been out of the bike loop for a bit now so I not up on what the best bikes for the money are now. I might be getting one for her for christmas so i wanted to start there. She is totally new to mountain biking so for the first bike i dont want her to have anything spectacular. I figured under $300 for hers. Not sure on size for her either she is about 5'1" so cant be a full size but not sure how sizes are going now. I would appreciate any suggestions for her.
As for me ive got some time till I will be buying so i will probably go up to $600 for mine. Im about 5'9". I had a GT before which i loved however it had no suspension. After doing some riding on a bike with suspension and disc brakes i knew i wanted to upgrade to something along those lines. Look forward to hearing your guys suggestions.
Buying your girlfriend the cheapo bike won't help. I've seen several couples with the man on a flashy dually while the woman rides a cheap ass hardtail. I can only figure they don't actually want their female friend riding with them. The ladies usually don't look happy. Try renting her a bike to see if she is interested in riding. Or let her buy her own bike. Maybe give her the three bills and have her come up with the rest. $300 bikes are all the same saving the frame geometry. She also might want to preride whatever bike first, to ensure a good fit which will go a long way towards getting ANY newbie hooked on the "sport".
As for you, the same consumer rules apply to bikes. You get what you pay for. Most bikes in the $600 range are again fairly similar excepting frame design. Go ride some bikes. One last thing about the discs. Buying discs on a bike with an MSRP near to your price range will ensure low quality brakes and lessor quality components than a non disc equipped machine. On the upswing it will give you a *****un' look, you'll already have the disc wheels and parts are cheap on th internet.