Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    ..... Jynx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Long Island
    My Bikes
    2006 Cannondale CAAD8
    Posts
    4,836
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Which type of mountain bike is right for me?

    Hey guys I am looking to buy a mountain bike and am looking for some advice. Doing research shows there are tons of different types of bikes. I see XC, Freeride, Downhill, Trail, All mountain, DJ, 4x, etc...

    Ideally I want to do local trails to me. Anyone familiar with NYC I am talking about Highbridge Park, Wolfes Pond Park, and Cunningham Park. Anyone familiar with Long Island I am talking about Stillwell Woods, Greenbelt, and Bethpage as well as all other trails local to me.

    It seems like any hardtail would be up to the task but my questions come in when it comes to dirt jumps and the "pump track" at Cunningham Park. Can a regular hardtail handle that? I was also looking at the DJ and 4x bikes but they are usually single speed which I am not interested in.

    What would be the best geared trail bike that can also handle jumps and such?

    Budget is around $1000.

    Any info would be great. Thanks.

  2. #2
    Pint-Sized Gnar Shredder Zephyr11's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Somewhere between heaven and hell
    My Bikes
    '09 Jamis Komodo, '09 Mirraco Blend One, '08 Cervelo P2C, '08 Specialized Ruby Elite, '07 Yeti AS-R SL, '07 DMR Drone
    Posts
    3,358
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You'll do well with a hardtail. Normally, with a budget of $1000, I'd start telling people to start looking into entry level FS's, but I don't like my FS for the pump track since it's not quite as responsive, and an FS built for that kind of riding is going to break your budget. Since your primary riding is trails, but you want it to be able to handle jumping, I'd recommend going AM HT. They're a bit heavier than an XC HT (probably 30-35 lbs or so), but they're slacker and more playful, and burlier and can put up with more abuse. On the other hand, they're lighter than a FR HT and have better geometry for trail riding than a DJ. Examples of complete AM HT's in your pricerange are bikes like the GT Chucker 1.0, Brodie Bruzza, and Jamis Komodo II. Lots and lots of frames available, but they require building up and a bit more money.

  3. #3
    Pedals, Paddles and Poles Daspydyr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Btw the Mohave desert and AREA 51
    My Bikes
    Scott Spark 20, Orbea Orca
    Posts
    5,081
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I agree that a HT in that price range is a good starter. If you don't mind used and can evaluate frame and components a used bike might give you a better fork and frame to start with. People are needing Shopping money right now and then bill paying money next month. Its a great time to buy used. But you need to be patient and smart.
    I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

    I can't even find my bike when I'm on drugs. -Willie N.

  4. #4
    Old School Rad mtnbiker66's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    The old Mountains
    My Bikes
    Blur LT
    Posts
    8,198
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a bike set up for just the same thing you're wanting. I'm 5'10" tall and the frame is an 15" 09' Hardrock,I changed out the brake levers,bars,stem added a 410 Tomson layback seatpost. Swapped the fork out to a Marz. All Mountain 1. The ETA adjustment will talke the fork down to a little under 3 inches for climbing and gravel roads and I can flip the switch and the fork goes to 6 inches for decending. I really like smallish frames so this set up is perfect for me. I hope this help s a little.

    Climbing mode........


    Decending.....
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    915
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    NYC? You have my sympathies..
    Test rode a Mongoose Canaan, a mix of DH/XC bike that was outstanding on the trail...would love to have one for our trails here in N. Cal.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    pittsburghadelphia
    My Bikes
    types that go fast
    Posts
    288
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    that orange bike looks like a good example but id honestly try a single speed. you can get a nicer bike for the same money and i find it has made me a better/stronger rider. maybe a bike with a ss option so you could start off cheap and add on or vice versa

  7. #7
    Senior Member zeo_max's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Alabama, boy !
    My Bikes
    FUJI Nevada 1.0 2009
    Posts
    863
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
    You'll do well with a hardtail. Normally, with a budget of $1000, I'd start telling people to start looking into entry level FS's, but I don't like my FS for the pump track since it's not quite as responsive, and an FS built for that kind of riding is going to break your budget. Since your primary riding is trails, but you want it to be able to handle jumping, I'd recommend going AM HT. They're a bit heavier than an XC HT (probably 30-35 lbs or so), but they're slacker and more playful, and burlier and can put up with more abuse. On the other hand, they're lighter than a FR HT and have better geometry for trail riding than a DJ. Examples of complete AM HT's in your pricerange are bikes like the GT Chucker 1.0, Brodie Bruzza, and Jamis Komodo II. Lots and lots of frames available, but they require building up and a bit more money.
    What he really wants is an SS steel rigid 29er

  8. #8
    "I'm OK!" dminor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    The 509
    My Bikes
    1971 Suzuki TS125/factory race kit/AHRMA-legal; 1969 Suzuki TS250/factory race kit; 1967 Suzuki K-15 Hillbilly Trail 80; 1977 Yamaha IT175; 1964 VanTech Scrambler racing frame
    Posts
    12,058
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Giant STP is in that price range, has gears and is EXACTLY for the type of riding you describe. It's designed to be a cross between a trail bike and a play/jump/park bike. Plus, it's set up beefy to take the DJing abuse.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •