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Old 03-14-10, 07:27 PM   #1
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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?
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Because his bottom has a booboo.
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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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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?
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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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