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Old 06-22-09, 10:16 PM   #1
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Buying a bike...beginner/intermediate...Sorry (I can help with guitar advice!!)

Decided to buy new, so my question is should I look in the under $1000 range or go higher? Some friends have said that the quality of components on cheaper bikes may frustrate and discourage me and have recommended bikes closer to $2k. They have also stated that they could be sold at a low loss if needed. Also should I go with a hardtail or full suspension bike. I plan on climbing quite a bit. Thanks in advance and if you need guitar help (especially les pauls!) let me know!!! LOL
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Old 06-22-09, 10:26 PM   #2
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Do you know what type of riding you will be doing? what type of terrain? Hills, mountains, flat? roots, rocks, jumps and bumps?
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First off take this advice wich i got from the members of this forum ...buy one that fits you well. I just bought a new bike myself a trek 3700 , wich is well bellow 1000 bucks. It climbs well handels trails well , it survived a 4 foot drop without a scratch ( although i dont think i want to do that on a daily basis) and it has good parts on it. There are plenty of bikes in the 500 to 800 dollar range that can take a beating.

Look at the bike manufacturers home pages , most of them i looked at did a great job describing what thier bike models can do and cant do. Your local bike should help fit you onto a frame , mine did a great job , when im on mine its like complete comfort.
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you can get a good bike that will let you learn your way around for under $1000. sure you might get some low end wheels but that is OK for a beginner bike. If you fall in love with MTB and need something more this bike can be you back up or a loaner for a friend.
Look to Giant for good hard tail in the $700 to $900 range.
I would not want full suspension for under $1000.
Test ride as much as you can before you buy - FIT is the most important part of buying a bike. Some bikes just don't feel right.
don't get caught up in the hype of XTR shifters and dérailleurs or X.0 for SRAM you don't need that for this bike.
LX or Deore is fine or X-7 or X-9 for SRAM (I like like grip shift much better)
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OK - - What kind of guitar should I ride? I do a lot of clumsy stuff very fast but nothing 'crazy' like 14-foot drops to mud holes; just mild 'yard-sale' rock gardens and light free-falling.
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This one might be worth considering. Haven't heard much of FELT before but after a test ride over Father's Day weekend, it became a surprise present.

http://www.feltracing.com/09-catalog...s/09-q720.aspx
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I have my eye on a sweet Martin HD28. How much coin should I drop on it?
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My daughters, 8 and 6 years old, saved up enough money over the last year to buy themselves guitars. Are they too young for lessons or can I start them right away? As it stands the love just playing and singing along to their guitars so I like that they enjoy it. I'm worried that lessons may make it more of a chore especially for my 6 year old.

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For under $1000 you'll get plenty of bike to have fun with. Stick to hard tails at that price range and go see all your local bike shops to try the various models in your size. They don't differ much in components but they will feel different in how it fits and how it feels to you. Buy the one that fits you best.

Look for any bikes from: Trek, Gary Fischer, Specialized, Kona, Giant, etc. Each shop in your area will likely carry 2-3 brands.
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Decided to buy new, so my question is should I look in the under $1000 range or go higher? Some friends have said that the quality of components on cheaper bikes may frustrate and discourage me and have recommended bikes closer to $2k. They have also stated that they could be sold at a low loss if needed. Also should I go with a hardtail or full suspension bike. I plan on climbing quite a bit. Thanks in advance and if you need guitar help (especially les pauls!) let me know!!! LOL
Your price point is a bit high, assuming you don't know whether or not you'll stick w/ the sport. If you already are hooked, my apologies.
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Hardtail/full suspension really depends on the type of riding you will be doing. FSR is much more comfortable but you loose in pedalling efficiency. Don't get entry level equipment but in the price range you are talking, you won't. I am a big fan of Specialized MTB's but then, I am also a big fan of my Epiphone Masterbilt EF 500. Not great, but not entry.
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I have a '67 Strat that is sweet. Sounds really good through my old Mesa-Boogie.
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