I was looking for a bike forum and found this one to be quite friendly and helpful after reading some threads.
I've been interested in biking for a few years now and every spring I weigh the idea of buying a bike and starting.
I've finally come to the conclusion that I will go for it this year and would like some of your opinions and advice.
I'm interested in a mountain style bike because of my interest in off-roading (I enjoyed riding dirt trails as a kid). I have a few friends who bike every year for recreation and exercise and would like to join them.
I can easily get a $200 bike to start off with since I am only beginning and haven't rode a bike since I was 14 (I'm 24 now).
However, I don't like to cheap out on things, especially quality. If I buy one, I'd like to buy at least a half-decent one and gradually move up as I become more experienced.
I checked out a local bike shop and spotted a bike I liked. I would like your opinions, considering the disclaimers I provided, on this bike. I will try to provide as much information as I remember.
(I would have provided a link to the bike, but I've spent hours on Google trying to find it)
The brand was Columbia. It's a 2008 model. When I called the bike shop back to ask for the model name, I was told it was "Eruption" (searching for "columbia eruption" yielded only volcano relevant results in Columbia).
The frame was 24" (I am 5'10"), the bike had suspension in the front (sorry, no brand name recognition) which the store representative told me the fork alone was worth $300 (I'm sure he was a bit biased).
It had handle-bar gears (rather than the traditional levers that I was used to as a kid).
It had disc brakes on the front and rear wheels.
Both wheels were "snap-offs" which attracted me because I drive a small coupe.
I don't know the weight.
The sale price was $699 (down from $829) in CDN$.
The closest match I can find while searching was the "MODEL 5060 THRUST" on this site:
I'm just going by some of the description but mostly the picture from what I can see (not very accurate).
Thanks in advance for any help and advice, can't wait to start riding!