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Old 01-18-10, 09:02 AM   #1
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Advice on a new hardtail

I ride recreationally, for transportation and for fitness. I have a nice road bike and an old hardtail. the MTB I have now is ok but it's really cheap; it's very heavy and damaged from a couple of wrecks. I'm thinking of giving it to my brother and picking up a new bike.

I will use the bike for urban riding, light trail riding, and wet/snowy weather. I want to take part in some group trail rides next year.

I'm attracted to BD's Titanium XT model http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...e/fpti_09x.htm but I don't know much about MTBs. I could order it and pick it up next time I fly into the states. I like the idea of a titanium bike with such a low weight. I wouldn't call it a beater but I want a bike I can toss around a bit. Any owners want to talk about this bike? I'm also open to learning about other light hardtails with similar components for the same price or less.

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Old 01-18-10, 12:20 PM   #2
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Yeah that's not a bike most people wanna "toss" around on a regular basis. That said, I did a two foot drop on a carbon hardtail last fall.
I guess it's about your skill on landing your "tosses". If you feel confident in your ability to "toss" the bike gently, it could do a lot of things it wasn't designed to do.
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Sorry, I just bought the last one in stock. Thanks for the hook up. Seriously though, that looks like an excellent package for the money. He who hesitates is lost.
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Yeah that's not a bike most people wanna "toss" around on a regular basis. That said, I did a two foot drop on a carbon hardtail last fall.
I guess it's about your skill on landing your "tosses". If you feel confident in your ability to "toss" the bike gently, it could do a lot of things it wasn't designed to do.
Sorry, I just meant be able to drop it on the ground and stuff. The highest i'd be dropping off of is a curb. You should be able to treat brushed titanium pretty rough without worrying about scraping and stuff right? I love my carbon road bike but i'm constantly worrying about damaging it.
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Like any other material, titanium can be damaged without any visual cues. Just be careful with your shiny new ride?
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