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    Recommendations for where to buy a bike online

    Hi Everyone

    I'm on a tight budget and looking for the best bang for the buck dual-suspension xc I can buy online.
    Not sure where to start, there are so many online stores. I'm thinking there must be a few of them that specialize (no pun intended) for online purchases and shipping.

    I thought of buying used but I prefer not to purchase something that's half-beaten up.
    Wish I had more $ to buy at the local LBS, but that's the way it is when you're a student!

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    Forget the LBS ... go online for the best value ...

    Good ...Shimano Alivio 24Spd Full Suspension Bike 2010 Motobecane 400DS $429.95

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...cane/400ds.htm



    Better ... Shimano Deore 24Speed Full Suspension 2010 Motobecane 500DS $499.95

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...cane/500ds.htm



    Best ... Shimano LX 24Spd Full Suspension 2010 Motobecane 600DS $549.95

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...cane/600ds.htm

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    What's your price range?

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    Budget is as low as possible. Gotta be dualie cause my tail can't take the hardtail anymore.

    Gone to check out the Motobecanes...
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    That's the way it is when you're a student...if you don't mind riding something that might not fit you. And if it doesn't fit, you'll eventually end up not riding it.

    Start here:
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...fx/3902/36619/
    http://www.sunandski.com/ProductDeta...=7705056651020
    You won't find much that's still quality cheaper than that, and you also won't find them much cheaper online than you'd find in a bike shop, so you may as well go to a brick and mortar and see what fits.

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    Why do you need a full suspension bike?
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Because his bottom has a booboo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    Because his bottom has a booboo.
    And my back too.
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    I'm trying to stay away from the coils of the Dart 2 and 3, but looks like they all pretty have that in that price range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xfimpg View Post
    I'm trying to stay away from the coils of the Dart 2 and 3, but looks like they all pretty have that in that price range.
    Are you looking to mountain bike or just get around town? Who do you ride with?
    First Class Jerk

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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago View Post
    Are you looking to mountain bike or just get around town? Who do you ride with?
    Every 2nd weekend to Bromont and 2 or 3 trips to Kingdom Trails, VT. Mixture of rocks, roots and singletrack.

    I ride with a friend of mine, no jumping, but we do go like the wind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlatSix911 View Post
    Forget the LBS ... go online for the best value ...

    Good ...Shimano Alivio 24Spd Full Suspension Bike 2010 Motobecane 400DS $429.95

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...cane/400ds.htm


    I've inquired to bikesdirect.com if i can buy only the frame for the 400ds and i'll buy the parts separately, build it myself. Turn it into a project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xfimpg View Post
    I've inquired to bikesdirect.com if i can buy only the frame for the 400ds and i'll buy the parts separately, build it myself. Turn it into a project.
    Sounds like a fun project, but I found that it was hard to beat the package price of the complete bike.
    Take a look at the Windsor ... the cheapest full suspension that I could find. Good luck

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._ghost6300.htm

    Shimano Deore 24Spd Full Suspension Bike - 2010 Windsor Ghost 6300 $399.95

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    Quote Originally Posted by xfimpg View Post
    I've inquired to bikesdirect.com if i can buy only the frame for the 400ds and i'll buy the parts separately, build it myself. Turn it into a project.
    Building a bike yourself is almost always more expensive than buying a complete. It's cool since you get to handpick what parts you want to use though. But what you have in mind is pretty much buying the weakest part of that BikesDirect bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
    Building a bike yourself is almost always more expensive than buying a complete. It's cool since you get to handpick what parts you want to use though. But what you have in mind is pretty much buying the weakest part of that BikesDirect bike.
    I thought their frames were tough...?
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    Go to WalMart. They have some solid full-suspension options on the cheap.
    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
    Go to WalMart. They have some solid full-suspension options on the cheap.
    My budget isn't that low (or i'm not that cheap). lol

    Just a good-solid frame I can build on.
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    Thanks to some good advice, this is turning into a "build your own" project; will start a new thread.
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