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Old 06-04-08, 07:13 PM   #1
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Coming Back To Mountain Biking... What should I look for?

Hey guys! New here and I guess you could say I'm new to mountain biking in general. It's been a long long time since I rode and, thanks to rising gas prices, and a growing wasteline... and a general love of the outdoors, I'm looking to get into mountain biking. I have 7-800 dollars to spend on a bike and I'd like to get something that's comfortable enough for daily riding but burly enough to handle some abuse when I'm comfortable. I've been looking at the 08 Diamondback Response Comp/Sport, but upon looking through the forums I don't see many of them on here... Is their something wrong with DB's? I've had a few (when I was younger) and I always liked em alot? I can spend more than the 500 they cost.

Anyways, I'm 22 years old and about 170 lbsssss. I'm really excited about getting into the sport, can you guys post some recommendations for bikes and that sort of thing? Any tips would be much appreciated as well.

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Old 06-04-08, 07:23 PM   #2
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And by the way, I think I live in prime MB territory.... Spokane Washington?
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Old 06-04-08, 07:39 PM   #3
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Are you open to buying a used bike? If so...I'd start with checking the local craigslist...
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check out the trek 5 series and such
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I have been checking the local craigs for the last few weeks actually, to no avail. I've seen a few that caught my eye, but nothing in the style or price range I'm looking for... Thanks though!
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DB Response seems like a pretty sweet deal...it gets extra points from me for 9 speed and having BB5's. Most of the bikes in that price range are all more or less equal in terms of what you get. Nothing wrong with DB. They have some new full suspension lines coming out that look pretty promising.

Buy it, ride it, enjoy it

Like I said, everything in that price range is going to be pretty similar. Check out the Marin Alpine Trail if you want something a little out of the ordinary (a 29er) Not a fan of the rims though, and you're back to 8 speed. Only $650 to boot.

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The best advice I can give is don't buy the first (or second) bike you ride. Get out and ride several 6 or 8 bikes in your price range. Give yourself a chance to notice the differences in each of them. The way you feel on the bike and how the bike responds to you. Then buy the one you liked the best.
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The best advice I can give is don't buy the first (or second) bike you ride. Get out and ride several 6 or 8 bikes in your price range. Give yourself a chance to notice the differences in each of them. The way you feel on the bike and how the bike responds to you. Then buy the one you liked the best.
I actually went today and rode a bunch of different bikes in my pricerange, and I think I've settled on the Gary Fisher Mullet. I got on that thing and it just immediately felt right. What a beaut!

Very smooth and comfortable, but it feels very sturdy and tough. I'm going to pick it up tomorrow and I cannot wait!
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And by the way, I think I live in prime MB territory.... Spokane Washington?
It ain't shabby. If anything you live so close to soooo many riding areas, it is prime just because of that reason
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Has anyone ever ridden the Mullet? It's obviously not a top of the line bike, but it seems like a good enough place to start? I will be replacing parts as needed.
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Has anyone ever ridden the Mullet? It's obviously not a top of the line bike, but it seems like a good enough place to start? I will be replacing parts as needed.
Its kind of built as a dirt jump bike and is probably built up heavy as hell with different geometry, but it will work fine if you are in to that sort of riding.
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Well here she is, the new 08 Mullet. Can't wait to get out to Beacon Hill this weekend and try'er out!

Assuming the goddamn weather holds that is...

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I haven't ridden a bike in some time, and it's been even longer since I had to set one of my own up, especially one as specialized as this new one. My question, because I'm probably going to be doing a bit of downhill (I know I know, thats not what it's for) and a bit of dirt jumping, is their an ideal height that I'll want to set my seat to? At least a vicinity that I want to work in? I want to make sure I'm as comfortable at all times as possible, while also avoiding potential injury...

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Set your seat to the height it needs to be so that when you have a heel on the pedal at full down your leg is just fully extended. That'll be almost perfect for when you ride with the ball of your foot on the pedal.

If you can put your feet on the ground when sitting on the seat the seat is waaaay too low.

Good fitting guide here: http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/fitting.htm

Like the bike. Looks pretty sturdy.

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