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Old 08-03-08, 10:10 PM   #1
RustyBiker21
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Advice for a beginner

Hey everyone, I live in AZ and do some light mountain biking all around the valley. I currently ride a 2008 Giant Sedona, that I originally purchased to get around town after getting a DUI... Now I have a car again and can drive but am starting to get into mountain biking. I know my bike isn't technically a mountain bike but, as is, it handles simple trails and can actually take quite a beating.

As of now it is purely stock. No upgrades or anything. I'm getting it tuned up tomorrow for the first time and want to know, should I look into upgrading this bike? Or should I get myself an actual beginner mountain bike?

And either way what parts, components and brands should I look at for either choice?

Money is quite an issue, so if your suggestion has anything to do with spending a lot ($500+) on a new bike or a lot on crazy good parts I don't need at this point in the hobby, don't bother. Like i said I'm a beginner, but i can feel that my current setup wont take the abuse much longer.

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Old 08-03-08, 10:19 PM   #2
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A comfort bike has significant differences with what is considered a "proper" mountain bike. As far as upgrades go, I wouldn't worry about it. Ride it to the ground, and then get a new bike. If you price ceiling is $500, look on your local Craigslist for good deals on used mountain bikes.
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Old 08-03-08, 10:28 PM   #3
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Just put knobby tires on it and ride it until something breaks.
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Old 08-03-08, 11:49 PM   #4
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See how much you can sell it for/ trade in and then if anywhere sells mountain bikes not walmart or big box stores the specialized hard rock seems to work for many people and that cost about 375 new at the shop i work at and they stand behind all their products with a life time warranty on the frame
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