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Old 06-29-04, 11:51 PM   #1
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I think i need a new bike (picture).

This is what I have right now:



I'm 15, 5'8", 120 lbs (trying to work out more).

I want a bike that'll last a long time. Obviously this bike lasted me long enough ( i had it since 2nd grade... it was pretty big when i was in 2nd grade. lol). I want a new bike that'll run good on both road surface and street.

Right now, I ride about 1 hour a day, from 7 to 8 at night (cooler, considering i'm in Las Vegas). I used a GPS and found out that my usual rout is 7.7 miles round trip. We have some nice bike trails around the area i live at. you're probably laughing at me for wanting a mountain bike to ride paved bike trails on. maybe i can go places when i get a car.

So what kind of models do you guys suggest I should check out?

I read some of the FAQ's and the rock hopper has caught my attention. I like how it looks and read that it performs well. http://www.bikeforums.net/attachment...id=13831&stc=1

What's a good website to buy mountain bikes from? would it be wise if i build a bike? like buy the frame and parts. I'm really good at building anything, such as PC's and paintball guns. I'm a a budget of around $500. if there's a better bike for $700 or $800, please say so. i will pay for quality.

please post your suggestions. i will consider everything you guys say with an open mind.
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Old 06-29-04, 11:59 PM   #2
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The Rockhopper is a fine bike and something I'd have suggested off-the-cuff too but I would really recommend you head to a LBS or a few LBSes and do some testrides. See how they ride. See how other bikes ride. Building up a bike is going to be more expensive because bike manufacturers get deep discounts from the component manufacturers and so they can offer a bike with components to the consumer for far less than you could accomplish with a frame-up build and parts kit.
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Nice bike. Awesome that they got you such a good bike to last such a long time.

But here is my opinion

Do not buy a bike online. Unless you are very experienced understanding what geometry you like and what fits you well will not be easy. For pure cost, buy the bike whole. However if you have the coin buy parts individually and get a shop to build it, but ask permission to watch. At the very least get the shop to build your wheels, install you headset and bb. The rest is pretty easy and can be done by anyone with the smallest technical ability. The ones mentioned are the ones that affect safety. Unless experienced don't mess around ...

I have no real suggestions as I don't look at bikes in that range (or of that type). I just don't know much about them
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haha, you guys are awesome! thanks for the quick replies.

how much does a rockhopper go for? i want a bike to be proud of... something that looks flashy.
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haha, you guys are awesome! thanks for the quick replies.

how much does a rockhopper go for? i want a bike to be proud of... something that looks flashy.
Base Rockhopper is listed at US$440 on Specialized's website. The Rockhopper Comp lists for $710 and the Pro Disc is $880.
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Check The $500 MTB thread for the answer to your question. You'll also see a few other bikes in the same price range
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You may also want to check out the HardRock lineup too. The HardRock Pro Disc is $610 and the HardRock Comp is $510.
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khuon knows these bikes inside out! he's teaching me alot thru AIM.

he pretty much decided for me what bike will fit me best: hardrock pro disc.
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khuon knows these bikes inside out! he's teaching me alot thru AIM.

he pretty much decided for me what bike will fit me best: hardrock pro disc.
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yep Excellent Bike, i ride one, done me fine for close to a year, only now having to replace the cassette...
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khuon knows these bikes inside out! he's teaching me alot thru AIM.

he pretty much decided for me what bike will fit me best: hardrock pro disc.
Well, I wouldn't say I've decided it for you. I still think you should go and check out a bunch of bikes before making a decision. The proof is in the ride. Plus, I don't know you personally so I can only recommend so much from the other side of a bunch of wires and fibre optic cables. An LBS can help you seal you decision. definately go visit them and take a few bikes for a spin to see which you like best.
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the guys on this forum like a lot specialised indeed,... why wouldn't you though
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khuon said: "An LBS can help you seal you decision. definately go visit them and take a few bikes for a spin to see which you like best". A wise dicision... just ride as many bikes as you can.

In may case, I bought 2 bikes on internet, obviously knowing the geometry, and now my girlfriend and my self are very happy (There's no KONA dealers in my town)

My taste, if you are an agresive rider (some jumps or something like that) go with the KONA HOSS, if you are a xc guy (light weight and efficient) go with the KONA BLAST.

All of these are 2004 bikes, you could find cheap bikes in 2003 models or just wait a couple of months (difficult for any mtbiker) and once 2005 bikes are in stores, 2004 bikes will geting cheaper.

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