First of all, I can't post this on any other forum because I really don't know what to ask for. Here's my request. I'm a casual rider from Pennsylvania, 58 years old and too old for radical play on a bike. I do both off road and street riding with my old Schwinn (High Plains...Made In The USA) but it's old...probably late 80's early 90's. I'd like a suspension bike but don't know whether I should get full or just front. I like the looks of the Gary Fisher models. The Level Betty and Joshua designs, but know nothing about them. Somebody said the Level Betty is a tricked out Kmart bike...meaning cheap.
Any bike I'd buy here would have to be shipped.
What do you all think and any suggestions would be helpful.
. . . 58 years old and too old for radical play on a bike.
Trust me, you're never too old for that .
Despite my personal prejudice toward full suspension, most on here will recommend just front suspension and not without good reason. Mainly, because you will get a better bike with a higher-quality parts mix for the money spent (did I just say that?).
The Joshua and Level Betty were fine bikes for their time and were much more than X-mart bikes. I think people tell you that because of their Y-frame's resemblance to so many of the big-box cheapies out today. If you decide you're really set on the idea of full suspension, though, I'd look toward a well-taken-care of older Specialized FSR. The FSR design is efficient and timeless.
Thanks for the input. I initially was looking for a front suspension and then these 2 Gary Fisher models popped up. The Level Betty is being sold for $500 and is in great condition with upgrades. I'll look at the
Specialized FSR for sure.
Any other suggestions for a front suspension would be helpful. I don't want new because but rather a good used bike.