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  1. #1
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    Is this a good bike for the money?

    Im looking for a HT bike around $500 for singletrack, some XC, DH, AMTN.. basically a bike for someone starting to get into mountain biking and isnt afraid to take a few falls..


    im looking at marin northside trail right now..
    http://bikeconnection.net/itemdetail...randasc&id=611

    or maybe Marin b-17

    or spesh rockhopper/hardrock

    or maybe an ironhorse bike.. the mavericks looked cool..

    if anyone else has any other suggestions, im all ears


    PS. i always liked good deals
    Last edited by hocc; 08-07-08 at 11:21 AM.

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    Yes, for an entry level HT MTB, your looking at the $500 range. So your on track.
    All the frames will be similar, so it all comes down to component level.
    Giant and Trek are the most bang for the buck.
    Marin and Specialized are fine too.
    Ironhorse and Mavericks are lower on the list of quality components IMO.

    So my advice, since you asked, is to go talk to a couple of your LBS's and get some prices and ride a few.
    Get a good fit so you purchase the right size frame.
    Now's a good time to buy as they are willing to deal on the '07 models with the '08's coming in stock.

    Good Luck and let us know what you ended up buying.

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    The search option is your friend.
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