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    I need help, newbie!

    My wife bought me an Mongoose XR-100 for christmas from wal mart, it made noises in the chain, so anyway after reading all of the bad press that this bike gets, I returned it, and I have ordered a diamondback Coil 04. Have I made a good choice, this is my first bike since I was 13 years old, I ride with my wife in the neighborhood or on light trails, and I also take care of my bikes very well. Is this a durable bike? any info would be helpful, I have read as many reviews as I could before I ordered, it was between the Giant Boulder SE and this bike, and I just felt like I wanted full suspension, plus that is what my wife has. Thanks look forward to posting in the future.

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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    Here's a rule of thumb: Never touch a full suspension bike under $1000. Below that too much suffers (component wise) from the need to cheapen to get the rear suspension. I'm not trying to be harsh but you should have gotten the Giant.

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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    D'back spec
    Sizes SM (16"), MD (18"), LG (20")

    Colors Gloss Black/Silver

    Frame 6061 Series Aluminum Ft. Single Pivot KS-200 Rear Coil Over Shock

    Fork SR M2000 63mm Alloy Crown

    Headset OS ZeroStack Ahd

    Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge

    F. Derailleur Shimano Tourney TY-22 GS, 31.8TP

    R. Derailleur Shimano Altus

    Shift Lever Shimano REVO 7spd

    Cog Set Shimano Freewheel 14/34t 7spd

    Chain Z57

    Hubset Alloy 36h

    Spokes 14g SS

    Rims Alloy 36h

    Tires Kenda Klaw XT 2.1

    Brakes Alloy Linear V-Brake

    Brake Levers Shimano (see shifters)

    Pedals ATB

    Handlebar ATB 30mm Rise

    Grips Avenir

    Stem Alloy OS Ahd

    Seatpost Alloy Micro Adjust 27.2 x 300mm

    Saddle Avenir MTB SS

    Extras Clear Coat Owner's Manual, CatEye, Reflector Set, H20 Bottle Mounts

    Giant Spec
    Specifications:
    color Men's: Red
    Women's: Blue/Silver
    Men's/Women's: Black/White

    size M: 12.5", 14", 17", 19", 21", 23"
    W: 14", 17", 19"
    frame: Supersized ALUXX butted aluminum w/integrated gusset

    fork: SR/Suntour XC60 suspension w/pre-load adjustment

    derailleur Front: Shimano C-102, Rear: Shimano Altus

    derailleur shifters Shimano EF-29, 7-speed

    cranks SR/Suntour XR120, 28/38/48T

    pedals Steel w/ resin body

    handlebar Steel 1.25" riser

    stem Giant 1 1/8 Ahead

    headset Ahead 1 1/8"

    brakes Alloy direct pull w/ power control

    saddle Giant Groove Plus, VARIABLE-DENSITY MTB with Kevlar bumpers

    seatpost Alloy micro-adjust, 30.8, QR Seat lever

    rims Alloy, 36H, black w/ brushed sidewall

    hubs Alloy, 36H, QR, double seals

    tires MTB knobby w/ center ridge 26x2.1

    cassette Shimano 14-34T, 7-speed MegaRange

    spokes Stainless Steel 14G

    additional Chainguard

    The main things I'd be concerned with (other than the fact from my previous post) are the freewheel on the DB (Shimano freewheels are becoming a b!tch to find) and the weight of the DB the Giant is going to be much easier to pedal for longer distances due to the fact of it's lighter weight.
    Last edited by Raiyn; 01-19-04 at 04:57 PM.

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    Personaly I would go with teh giant.. on lower end FS bikes you suffer sever loss of power with FS and weight goes up. So you will utilize more power to go the same distance.. But in the end if you enjoy riding it that is all that matters

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    Whichever one makes you glad to be back on a bike!

    If it were my money and I was wanting to ride local sealed and unsealed trails/paths, I'd get the Giant. Lighter weight, easier to upgrade in the future, and possibly a stronger frame. In that price range, full suspension is more likely to be a disadvantage in most scenarios. Harder to pedal on flats and uphills (more weight plus you lose power through suspension bob), and not really a good enough rear shock to be of a huge advantage on downhills or rugged terrain.

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