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Old 01-09-08, 09:06 AM   #1
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$600 for a bike, what would you buy

I am looking to buy a new mountain bike, but dont have too much money. What bike would you recommend for under $600?
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How tall are you? Are you looking for hard tail or full suspension? Depending on answers I may have one to sell you. PM me if interested.
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Something a few years old but with a good bit of life in it. You will get way more bang for the buck. Take a look in the MTBR.com classifieds. You will have much better luck there than on ebay.
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I am looking to buy a new mountain bike, but dont have too much money. What bike would you recommend for under $600?
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I would like to buy a new road bike, but dont have much money to spend. What would be my best buy for $600?
http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=377603

That's strange. Looking for both a road bike and a mountain bike at the same time for the same price?

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I'd buy a Redline monocog or D440 29er, assuming I'm limited to new bikes. But that isn't necessarily what you should buy.
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The reason I posted this on both the mountain bike forum and road forum is because I am still trying to decide on whether to get a road bike or mtn bike. I want to see which bike I can get for the best deal. I dont see anything wrong with that. I appreciate the help from those who gave answers and helped me out.
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The reason I posted this on both the mountain bike forum and road forum is because I am still trying to decide on whether to get a road bike or mtn bike. I want to see which bike I can get for the best deal. I dont see anything wrong with that. I appreciate the help from those who gave answers and helped me out.
That was what I suspected, and I don't see anything wrong with it either. Just seeing the identical threads was kind of strange.

In my opinion, $600 will get you higher up "the ladder" on a mountain bike. At that price, you are scraping the bottom end of the road bike arena (which is not necessarily a bad place to be), but you are a full step above a bottom-of-the-line mountain bike. This is the only way I can think of to compare the two, however, since if you really want a road bike, a $30 bike from Craigslist will be better suited than a $600 mountain bike. Also note that all of the used bike tips apply both ways, as eBay or Craigslist can net you a decent example of either.

All in all, I think that $600 is a price point where you can get a road or mountain bike that is perfectly acceptable and will perform its duties well. Will it weigh eleven pounds and have more ice than a WC video? Probably not. Will it be a more than adequate road or mountain bike to cut your teeth on? Absolutely.

Now the real question is would you prefer a mountain bike or a road bike?
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scour craigslist. i was patient, and ended up buying a 2 year old stumpjumper for $600. got it with fox forks, disc brakes, lx/xt, and it was in great shape. dont rush in, and you'll find something nice. let us know what you buy. we love bike pron
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definetly buy used. try craigs list, avoid ebay, you wont be able to try the bike or haggle for price.
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Here you go....best bang for the buck out there and right at your price..
http://www.rscycle.com/s.nl/it.A/id....category=12164

I ride a Iron Horse Warrior Expert and coming from a Rockhopper, I like it better..especially the SRAM group.
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Wow jim, that really is a good deal for 600 bones.
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i just picked up a Gary Fisher Wahoo Disc. Great so far. 560.

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Regarding the IH hardtail above, they are slightly more compact feeling than my RockHopper. Also have had not problems with the WTB wheelset...I'm 6-2/215 and they have taken a few big hits and are still true....also a big fan of Avid brakes. Lots of good choices out there and it's usually a good time of year to score a big discount.
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