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    Mountain bike right for me?

    I have been tossing up what sort of bike is right for me. I have been riding on a too-small, old, rigid mountain bike up until now. I am considering a hybrid bike, but am unsure whether it is much quicker at all, considering the main advantage seems to be the tires. The weight difference seems to be small and the riding position more upright.

    I should probably explain the riding I plan on doing. The majority of the time I am on the road but a 10 mile ride is about the upper limit, with 10 mile round trips more common. I am steering away from a road bike because I love to be able to get off the road when possible (walking trails, grass, gravel). There are some good mountain bike trails in the area which I don't use much, but will be off limits without a mountain bike. I also have some short touring trips planned. Nothing long distance, just a rear rack with panniers would be needed and a reasonably comfortable ride.

    My budget for the bike is around us$500-$600. Would a XC hardtail with a lockout fork be suitable for my needs? Would some road tires make a big difference over knobbies? Are the combination road/off road tires any good at either environment?

    The LBSs in the area carry Avanti, Mongoose, Felt, GT, Norco and Giant. There is also a huge outdoor shop (some distance away) which sells its own range of bikes. They are a minor brand, but for less then the major brands offer the following:

    * Sizes: Mens S: 15", M:17", L:19", XL:21"
    * Colours: Mens: Blue
    * Price Retail:$799.00
    * Frame:7005 Alloy with Double Butted Fluid form top tube, down tube with squared rear stays
    * Fork:Suntour XMC-MLO Alloy outer legs with Lock Out and 100mm Travel
    * Rear Derailleur:Shimano Deore 9 speed
    * Front Derailleur:Shimano Deore
    * Gear Shifters:Shimano Deore 9 speed
    * Crankset:Shimano 442
    * Bottom Bracket:Cartridge
    * Brakes:Shimano 415 Disc front and rear
    * Brake Levers:Shimano
    * Hubs:Shimano with Quick Release front and rear
    * Rims:Alloy Double Wall Weinman Tauras 2000
    * Spokes:14g Stainless steel
    * Tyres:Kenda MTB 26 x 1.95 all black
    * Pedals :MTB Alloy
    * H.Bar/Stem:Alloy Riser Bar with Alloy A Head Stem
    * Seat Post:Alloy Micro Adjust
    * Saddle:WTB Pure V Race
    * Grips:Kraton Rubber
    The bikes are often heavily discounted (always at least au$100 off the au$799 price above). Would it be wiser to stick to something local and a major brand?

    Thanks a lot for your help!

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    A major brand would probably be a better quality bike.
    Something like a trek 4300 or something similar sounds like it would serve you good.
    but nvm.. i just saw your LBS doesnt carry trek

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    Ferchrissakes, Cheeto, read the spec sheet. That looks actually pretty solid to me.
    "It is not the critic who counts."

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    I know.
    It does seem solid, now that I actualy read through it...
    I just like treks =)

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    I'd jump on that in a second given the chance, actually. Go for it.
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    Well hows the quality of the frame though?

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    If I knew what the brand was, I might be able to tell you.

    The parts spec indicates its marketed to entry level mountain bikers though, so I'd guess it would be comparable to the 4300/other Treks in the range.
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    Yea thats what im waiting for is a brand name.


    PSSST a trek 4300 is cheaper that that bike.

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    They're all just numbers. Whatever Trek is in that range then.
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    Wow you reply fast.
    yea.
    i just like trek, so i always recomend it lol.
    of course... its all ive riden also.. so eh...
    kinda biased lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeto View Post
    of course... its all ive riden also.. so eh...
    kinda biased lol
    Well, at least you admit it...

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    Since I'm in Australia it might be hard to judge whether a bike is expensive or not since the exchange rate doesn't really work. I'll list a couple of bikes that are available to me and their respective specs.

    Fluid Renegade ($799 - always can get at least $100 off)
    This one is far away, not a LBS.

    * Sizes: Mens S: 15", M:17", L:19", XL:21"
    * Colours: Mens: Blue
    * Price Retail:$799.00
    * Frame:7005 Alloy with Double Butted Fluid form top tube, down tube with squared rear stays
    * Fork:Suntour XMC-MLO Alloy outer legs with Lock Out and 100mm Travel
    * Rear Derailleur:Shimano Deore 9 speed
    * Front Derailleur:Shimano Deore
    * Gear Shifters:Shimano Deore 9 speed
    * Crankset:Shimano 442
    * Bottom Bracket:Cartridge
    * Brakes:Shimano 415 Disc front and rear
    * Brake Levers:Shimano
    * Hubs:Shimano with Quick Release front and rear
    * Rims:Alloy Double Wall Weinman Tauras 2000
    * Spokes:14g Stainless steel
    * Tyres:Kenda MTB 26 x 1.95 all black
    * Pedals :MTB Alloy
    * H.Bar/Stem:Alloy Riser Bar with Alloy A Head Stem
    * Seat Post:Alloy Micro Adjust
    * Saddle:WTB Pure V Race
    * Grips:Kraton Rubber
    Trek 4300 Disc ($699 - $599 without discs)
    Also not a LBS.

    Frameset
    Sizes 13, 16, 18, 19.5, 21, 22.5, 24"
    Frame Alpha Black Aluminum w/externally relieved head tube, hydroformed bi-axial down tube, monostay seat stays, forged disc ready dropouts
    Fork RST Gila T8 w/preload, 100mm

    Wheel
    Wheels Shimano M65 disc hubs; Bontrager Ranger rims
    Tires Bontrager Jones ACX, 26x2.1; 27 tpi
    Drivetrain
    Shifters Shimano EF50, 8 speed
    Front Derailleur Shimano C050
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio
    Crank SR Suntour XCC-T102 42/34/24
    Cassette SRAM PG830 11-32, 8 speed
    Pedals Alloy platform

    Components
    Saddle Bontrager Select Basic
    Seat Post Bontrager Sport
    Handlebars Bontrager Crowbar Sport, 25mm rise
    Stem Bontrager Sport, 10 degree
    Headset Aheadset Slimstak w/semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
    Brakeset Shimano M415, mechanical disc w/Shimano EF50 levers
    Avanti Atomic ($629)
    This is a LBS.

    * Frame: ADT 6061 Series FT Alloy
    * Fork: RST CAPA ML 90mm Travel w/ Mechanical Lockout
    * Front Derailleur: Shimano Acera
    * Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio
    * Brake Levers: Shimano EF50
    * Shifters: Shimano EF50 24-Speed
    * Crankset: Shimano FC-MC09 42/32/22
    * Brakes: Shimano M415 Mechanical Disc
    * Hubs: Shimano RM-65 Alloy Disc Front and Rear
    * Cassette: Shimano HG30 11-30T 8-Speed
    * Handlebar: Alloy Riser
    * Grips: Avanti Dual Density
    * Handlebar Stem: Alloy A-head
    * Pedals: Nylon Platform Pedal
    * Rims/Wheel Set: Weinmann Disc Taurus 2000 Double Wall Black
    * Spokes: Stainless Steel
    * Tyres: Kenda Komodo 26 x 1.95
    * Saddle: Zero Gamma-X
    * Seat Post: Alloy Micro Adjust 31.6mm
    * Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-UN26 Cartridge
    * Headset: Zero Stack 1-1/8" w/ Avanti Top Cap
    * Chain: KMC IG31
    Some reasonably close bike shops also carry Mongoose, GT, Giant, Raleigh and Norco.

    Cheers.

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