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    Looking for advice?

    The snow is finally starting to melt, and I'm looking for a new bike.

    My brother has recently gotten into mountain biking, and I'm looking for something so I can keep up. Currently I have a terrible Raleigh "mountain" bike. I say this because every time I ride it on an actual mountain trail the whole bike feels like its going to break. The i'm looking to do is All mountain/rough XC/ and maybe some freeride.

    I want a bike that can take some reasonably high drops (no more than 5') and will glide over some rough spots on the trail. We ride XC alot, so I need something that can climb well, and also take a beating going of jumps and drops.

    hardtail/full suspension, around 1000$ not being too picky about price, but don't want to by something that I will have to spend another 500$ on in upgrades. I want some docent components to start with, and upgrade from there (I am only just beginning into mountain biking so I need something functional, and good quality that will last, but nothings that is 5000$)

    Im also willing to upgrade some parts if neccesary, but really just want to buy a bike thats ready to ride other than setting it up for my taste.

    Thanks

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    Get Silly sevinator77's Avatar
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    The combination of riding that you stated is a little tough to match with many bikes. But I think I may have one that maybe you'd like to look into.

    The Diamondback Mission 1 or 2 are great trail bikes. I've personally ridden the Mission 1 and I enjoyed it very much. It rides like a bike that costs twice as much. The Mission 2 is essentially the same bike but has a few little component upgrades.

    Diamondback has just recently came back into the mountain bike world. Their reputation for BMX bikes has kind of gave them a little bit of a head start. But they make good affordable entry level bikes. I have a 07' Response Sport and I'm in love with it, and I've had minimal problems with it.
    '07 Diamondback Response Sport
    Gang Green

    Upgrades:
    RaceFace Diabolous Handlebars and Stem
    WTB Pure V Comp Saddle
    Shimano Deore XT Crankset

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    All mountain is the setup your looking for, it is the general in between for XC to Freeride
    elf 232 contra mundum.

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    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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