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Old 09-21-04, 12:08 PM   #1
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Please Help Me Pick a New Bike...

I'm getting back into bike riding after a long absence from the sport. I really need some help from you experienced riders in selecting a good bike for my needs.

I'm 42 years old. I'm 6'3" tall, and weigh 220 lbs. I have long arms and legs. I don't plan to race or be really rough on the bike. I'll mostly ride to cruise around, sight-see, and have a good time.

However, I want a high quality bike that is comfortable for my size, that can take my weight, and that could be ridden rough if I chose to. I can afford a nice bike, so I'd like to get one. Preferably in the $1500-2000 range, but up to $3000 is not out of the question if that's what it takes to get the right bike.

I'll probably opt for a dual suspension, but I haven't ruled out a hardtail. I've been looking at the 2004 Trek Fuel 90, 95, and 98, and the Liquid series. Which of these bikes, if any, would you suggest? The 2005 Trek lineup really confuses me.

I'm not completely sold on Trek. I realize there are MANY bike manufacturers out there, so feel free to suggest anything you think I should consider. I have time and want to do my homework and get this right the first time.

At my weight, should I get a carbon frame? Do you think I can get by with a 19.5" frame, or should I consider a 21.5" frame?

Suggestions please.
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Old 09-21-04, 12:30 PM   #2
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I'll mostly ride to cruise around, sight-see, and have a good time.
Welcome! Can you tell us some more about what kind of riding you want to do? Surfaces (terrain), length of trips, etc? Have you given any consideration to a cyclocross-style bike?
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Old 09-21-04, 12:56 PM   #3
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If you just want to cruise around and sight see then you shouldn't waste your money on the one of the Trek liquids. Its a great bike, but it sounds like overkill for the riding you described.
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I'll mostly ride to cruise around, sight-see, and have a good time.
I agree with the other poster, that is waaaaay more bike than you need for this unless you just have an excessive amount of money. If that is your problem, i have a Paypal account you can send it to. Seriously, those higher end full suspension bikes are expensive because they are designed do some serious off road riding. They are designed for the opposite of cruising around and sight seeing.

My advice would be to look at good hardtails in the $500 range if you don't plan on riding a lot of very rough terrain. THere is a sticky thread that addresses a lot of bikes in this price range. If you have a LOT of money to blow than go ahead and get a $500-1000 hardtail.

After that price range you are going to be paying for racing parts on a hard tail. Not exactly what you need to sight see. I think people should walk into a bike shop and find the most expensive bike that they honestly can afford. (Afford means that you aren't using money that you should use for bills, kids, wife, savings, etc.) Then once you find that bike, I would buy the bike that is the next level up.

From there you will leave with a bike that will last for years to come. Also you won't end up with a $3000 garage ornament. If you wear out that bike than you can start looking at the real high $$$ stuff.
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I'm 42 years old. I'm 6'3" tall, and weigh 220 lbs. I have long arms and legs. I don't plan to race or be really rough on the bike. I'll mostly ride to cruise around, sight-see, and have a good time.
If you weight 220 pounds, I definitely would not consider the Trek Fuels since they run RockShox SIDs. SIDs are great cross country forks designed for small and light riders. If you look here http://www.mtbreview.com/reviews/200...t_122064.shtml, you'll see about 2/3s of the reviews said they blew the seal in the SID :'(

I do agree what you're looking at is overkill for what you're looking for. Kona has a hardtail around 700 - 800 with Hayes HFX-9 on there. YOu should check that one out

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At my weight, should I get a carbon frame? Do you think I can get by with a 19.5" frame, or should I consider a 21.5" frame?

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Carbon frame? No
Frame size? Which ever FEELS better
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Guys,

Thanks for the replies.

I plan on riding a lot of fire roads, logging roads with hills, a lot of moderate trails, and MAYBE try some rugged trails. But nothing real challenging. No racing. No jumping. Nothing real fast. And nothing real rough.

My wife and I have been renting bikes lately when we go on vacation. I’ve been riding hardtail mountain bikes. Real cheapos. We plan to take several vacations per year where we ride bikes for 4-6 hours per day. Places like Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas, and state parks in our state (Tennessee) that have bike trails.

It wouldn’t surprise me if some days I rode up to 20 miles.

I was thinking about dual suspension bikes for the comfort. For the type of riding I've described, would the dual suspension be significantly more comfortable than a hardtail? Again, I’m 6’3” tall, and weigh 220 lbs.

Quality, comfort, and dependability are important to me.

Keep the suggestions coming.

Thanks!
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Old 09-21-04, 05:21 PM   #8
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I'm 42 years old. I'm 6'3" tall, and weigh 220 lbs. I have long arms and legs. I don't plan to race or be really rough on the bike. I'll mostly ride to cruise around, sight-see, and have a good time.

However, I want a high quality bike that is comfortable for my size, that can take my weight, and that could be ridden rough if I chose to. I can afford a nice bike, so I'd like to get one. Preferably in the $1500-2000 range, but up to $3000 is not out of the question if that's what it takes to get the right bike.

At my weight, should I get a carbon frame? Do you think I can get by with a 19.5" frame, or should I consider a 21.5" frame?

Suggestions please.
I think it is awesome!!! I wish my girl would ride with me. It's probably why she won't be more... I'm 6'4", 225 age 32. I'm close to your specs. My current project is building up a Specialized Enduro frame. I choose Specialized because it's the only new bike I've ever had. All of them have performed perfectly the past 15 years. After careful research I choose a L/19" frame. I like the smaller frame size because I feel I have more control over the bike. I know enough about my riding to get larger crank arms, a larger stem and a larger seat post. These small changes have allowed me to ride a smaller frame without loosing power. If I were to buy the same bike in a shop I would go with XL.

There are lots of great bikes out there... If you are not in a hurry go ride as many different brands as possible. Bike size is always subjective and the only way to tell for sure is to ride the bike before you buy it. See what you like. Spend what you feel comfortable with. I wouldn't think twice about $3000 for a bike if I loved it.
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Old 09-21-04, 05:31 PM   #9
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Guys,

Thanks for the replies.

I plan on riding a lot of fire roads, logging roads with hills, a lot of moderate trails, and MAYBE try some rugged trails. But nothing real challenging. No racing. No jumping. Nothing real fast. And nothing real rough.

My wife and I have been renting bikes lately when we go on vacation. I’ve been riding hardtail mountain bikes. Real cheapos. We plan to take several vacations per year where we ride bikes for 4-6 hours per day. Places like Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas, and state parks in our state (Tennessee) that have bike trails.

It wouldn’t surprise me if some days I rode up to 20 miles.

I was thinking about dual suspension bikes for the comfort. For the type of riding I've described, would the dual suspension be significantly more comfortable than a hardtail? Again, I’m 6’3” tall, and weigh 220 lbs.

Quality, comfort, and dependability are important to me.

Keep the suggestions coming.

Thanks!
20 miles is a good distance for a mtb ride nothing to be ashamed of with that.
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Sounds like you need a -checks up specialized and konas database- Cheaper bike. Kona Cinder Cone? You don't need that great a bike. But for 1400 USD ( Idont know where you live) you can get a Kona Kula. I think you want more an xc bike. Even that's overkill. I'd go with the cinder cone!
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