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    Beginner can't decide between bikes

    Hey Everyone,
    So i am just getting into mountain biking and can't decide between these bikes
    http://www.rscycle.com/2009-Iron-Hor...7&category=531
    http://www.rscycle.com/2009-Iron-Hor...7&category=531
    http://www.rscycle.com/2009-Iron-Hor...7&category=531
    http://www.rscycle.com/2009-Iron-Hor...7&category=531

    I'm not planning to do any hardcore riding but some jumps, uphill and downhill and around town. I was leaning toward the Warrior 4.0. I'm in the 6'1"-6'2" range and weight about 210lbs. If anyone has seen a review on these bikes that would be great and i would also like to hear you opinion.

    Thanks

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    Amazon.com has some good deals on ironhorse bikes.. especially if your short

    those bikes seem heavy
    I only pedal uphill.

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    I'd actually recommend this:

    http://www.rscycle.com/2008-Iron-Hor...category=18127

    I noticed that all the bikes you listed were Dual suspension. You'll notice if you look closely at the spec sheets that DS bikes at a given price point tend to have lesser quality components than a hardtail of the same price. There's also more maintenance to worry about with a DS, and they tend to be heavier unless you get into the really expensive ones. The warrior 4.0 you listed weighs 37.3 lbs, borderline pig territory, while the warrior 5.0 hardail weighs around 32 lbs for your size, has a much nicer fork, and a MUCH better component list. (Deore/LX/hydro discs is way better than Alivio/Acera/tektro mech discs)
    Plus, it costs $100 less.

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    Tell us what your actual budget is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtPedalerB View Post
    Amazon.com has some good deals on ironhorse bikes.. especially if your short
    Why don't you take a look at the supplier for the Ironhorse bikes?

    "Randall Scott Outdoor Company"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diomedes View Post
    I'd actually recommend this:

    http://www.rscycle.com/2008-Iron-Hor...category=18127

    I noticed that all the bikes you listed were Dual suspension. You'll notice if you look closely at the spec sheets that DS bikes at a given price point tend to have lesser quality components than a hardtail of the same price. There's also more maintenance to worry about with a DS, and they tend to be heavier unless you get into the really expensive ones. The warrior 4.0 you listed weighs 37.3 lbs, borderline pig territory, while the warrior 5.0 hardail weighs around 32 lbs for your size, has a much nicer fork, and a MUCH better component list. (Deore/LX/hydro discs is way better than Alivio/Acera/tektro mech discs)
    Plus, it costs $100 less.

    +1 Get a hardtail. If you want a decent full suspension you'll need to double your budget and wont be happy with it around town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenLi View Post
    Why don't you take a look at the supplier for the Ironhorse bikes?

    "Randall Scott Outdoor Company"
    I hate to admit it , but I just ordered one of these
    http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Horse-Tri...1535151&sr=1-1

    not sold by randall scott.. some iron horse is direct from amazon for cheaper than rscycle

    edit : not going rodie, but tired of pedaling the dually down the road when I can't make it to the trail.
    Last edited by DirtPedalerB; 09-15-08 at 09:23 PM.
    I only pedal uphill.

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    The bikes you listed range from 34-42 pounds, and are not spec'd that well. 'Borderline pigs' as someone else pointed out (well, maybe the 34 pounder, not so much). But these are suspension/frame setups that just won't go the distance as far as being satisfying for very long if you decide that you like mountain biking and want to progress- any of your choices will tend to hold you back.

    For only $600, as Diomedes pointed out, you get a bike with MUCH better components and lighter weight. And worth it to upgrade to a point.

    If your budget is $900 (the most expensive in your list), you can get a great hardtail that will suit your needs for some time, worthy of any upgrades, and likely hit the scales at 30 lbs. or even a bit less.

    Take my post here as just one opinion, there are folks here with plenty more info to help you out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtPedalerB View Post
    I hate to admit it , but I just ordered one of these
    http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Horse-Tri...1535151&sr=1-1

    not sold by randall scott.. some iron horse is direct from amazon for cheaper than rscycle

    edit : not going rodie, but tired of pedaling the dually down the road when I can't make it to the trail.
    Looks like a decent road bike for five and a quarter bills.
    "I tell you, We are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you any different." - Kurt Vonnegut jr.

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    for around town, and light stuff a Dual suspension wont fit you, unless you have bad back problems and stuff and need a softer ride.
    but, honestly, the hardtail will be a much better investment

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    Well,
    when you decide which bike you should buy,
    You need to find a bike suit your budget & your needs first!

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