In the next week i'd like to purchase my first mountain bike so im going to need some opinions and thoughts from you guys here if that's ok.
Now just a little about my backround incase it matters. I use to compete in Aggressive Inline for about 7 years and was really good at it. I then got into Flatland bmx for a bit so you could say I have very good balance when combining my experience from both sports.
Now im 24 and want to get back into the active lifestyle and what better way than to get back to bikes right!?
I've been doing some research on mountain biking for the past week or so and tried to give myself a crash course on the sport with little luck.
Now I noticed MBs are divided into two groups. Hardtail & Suspension. Which brings up the question, what type of riding am I going to be doing?
I DO want to get into some serious offroad riding but want to take it slow at first obviously. Also might be doing some riding on pavement around my neighborhood with the girlfriend at times. So my riding will be mixed.
I kind of ruled out the suspension bikes. I think i'd rather have a stiff/light frame instead of ultimate riding comfort. Also I noticed the hardtails were considerably less expensive which brings me to my Price range: >$500.
I went onto Amazon.com and read some of the user reviews on the "best sellers", but was no help. Besides, i'd rather ask the pros(you guys ).
I picked up the March issue of MountainBike Action since they have a $350-$11,000 buyer's guide with over 80 bikes featured on the cover. Turns out only 3 bikes fit in my budget lol.
Anyway, there was one bike out of the three that caught my eye. It is a Schwinn Mesa for $389.
I went over to the Schwinn site ( http://www.schwinnbike.com/products/...ail.php?id=983 ) and noticed the bike is new for 2008 and comes with alot of nice features like an aluminum frame and available disc brakes.
I pasted the make & model into google and did a quick search owner opinions of previous models years(couldn't find the '08 anywhere maybe because it's too new) and turned up dozens of positive reviews.
This might be the bike for me guys. It's seems that it's a very good value for the money and sounds like a promising introduction to mountain biking.
What do you guys think? Any tips? Any input would greatly be appreciated. Thank you!