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    New here and a question---first of many I am sure

    I am in the market for a good starter bike. I plan on riding mild to difficult mountain terrain and desert terrain. I live only a few minutes from one of the roughest mountain desert trails in Tucson Arizona. I came across a Cannondale Killer V with a few upgrades for $500 shipped with a few spare parts. It is a old friends bike from back in VA. I am not very familiar to these bikes, so I was wondering how good are they? My other concerns are with the head shock( which I know nothing about). He said it is a air/oil shock?

    A little history about me so you guys know what you are dealing with. I am 27;out of shape;have not been on a bike in about 9 years;and dont know much about mountain bikes. I was always into the bmx style bikes.

    I have alot of questions that I am sure I can find the answers to by searching and reading alot however I have some main concerns on this bike. It still has original grip shifters and v brakes. I was looking at mechanical disc brakes as hydraulics are extremely expensive. What are your thoughts on mechanical disc brakes? One last question for this thread I promise. Are grip shifters better than thumb style ( Shimano® EZ-Fire are the ones I see on new bikes in stores like sports authority ) or is it just personal taste?

    Thank you in advance for helping a clueless newbie out.
    Last edited by nicAZ; 04-08-08 at 12:20 AM.

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    I recommend getting a new bike. Look around and ride the ones you're into. You'll enjoy picking your own bike and making it yours more than buying your friend's used bike.

    V-brakes are fine, and some people like grip shift, but bikes depreciate quickly like new cars. The technology is always improving too, so for the same (roughly) money you can get a better bike new.

    Try some local bike shops and avoid the box stores. You can build a better relationship with the LBS and the bikes will most likely be better assembled and backed by factory warranty and shop service agreement.

    Cannondale also sometimes uses proprietary parts exclusive to their designs...

    With BMX experience, you'll probably take to Mt Biking quickly.

    Some "starter" bikes I would recommend:
    http://www.konaworld.com/08_blast_w.htm
    http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkM...sid=08Hardrock
    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...ries/4300disc/
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    Or just ride your bike and stop playing dress-up with it, like it's a ****ing doll.

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    Quality mech disc brakes are fine. Avid BB 5s or preferably 7s are good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicAZ View Post
    I am in the market for a good starter bike. I plan on riding mild to difficult mountain terrain and desert terrain. I live only a few minutes from one of the roughest mountain desert trails in Tucson Arizona. I came across a Cannondale Killer V with a few upgrades for $500 shipped with a few spare parts. It is a old friends bike from back in VA. I am not very familiar to these bikes, so I was wondering how good are they? My other concerns are with the head shock( which I know nothing about). He said it is a air/oil shock?

    A little history about me so you guys know what you are dealing with. I am 27;out of shape;have not been on a bike in about 9 years;and dont know much about mountain bikes. I was always into the bmx style bikes.

    I have alot of questions that I am sure I can find the answers to by searching and reading alot however I have some main concerns on this bike. It still has original grip shifters and v brakes. I was looking at mechanical disc brakes as hydraulics are extremely expensive. What are your thoughts on mechanical disc brakes? One last question for this thread I promise. Are grip shifters better than thumb style ( Shimano® EZ-Fire are the ones I see on new bikes in stores like sports authority ) or is it just personal taste?

    Thank you in advance for helping a clueless newbie out.

    Don't buy a Bike there. Go to a real Bike shop lol'

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    Did you already buy the bike? Price seems a bit steep. Does the frame/fork even have disc tabs?

    I had a Killer V 500...it was a nice light frame...sold it for $120. Didn't have the headshock, though.

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    Upon talking with my wife we think the guy will flake out and not follow through. I was thinking more about the idea pdxjeff said and I called a friend who owns a LBS in phx. He can set me up with a Giant Yukon for $500 even out the door. I am will mostly likely get that bike if I don't anything from my friend in VA by Friday. My next thing I am worried about is if I really want full suspension or not. I have heard mixed feelings on it.

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    go with a hardtail for now. if you decide to keep riding, then look into a fully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueTrain View Post
    go with a hardtail for now. if you decide to keep riding, then look into a fully.
    +1
    Quote Originally Posted by bonechilling View Post
    Or just ride your bike and stop playing dress-up with it, like it's a ****ing doll.

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