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    Best beginner bike that can take a knock/jump

    Hi All,

    I'm from south africa and thinking of having a bike brought out from the states by a friend.

    I don't have a big budget, so I'm looking for something around $1000.

    I do a fair bit of trail riding, but I really enjoy the more technical stuff and have had a lot of fun just messing around on some jumps/gaps. I'm starting to notice that it's taking a toll on my very basic bike here (I've got a Silverback Reno, which is as basic as they come!). I want something that I can use on trails...but that I won't be cringing every time I see something I can ramp up/off/over!

    So is this a workable budget? If so, what would you recommend?

    Also..any suggestions for where (online) I can order from would be very useful.

    Thanks a lot..

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    make sure he picks up some extra tubes for the tires.. i cant imagine looking for a tube when your tire pops in Africa! haha
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    Thanks Zephyr for the great links...those are great prices.

    Johnny... there's tons of lbs's and getting tubes is as easy as a trip up the road... it's the bikes that cost a lot cos they all have to be imported.

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    Say 'Hi' to Minnaar for us next time you run into him on the trail .

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    REI Outlet has some good deeals from time to time. this one looks good if you are tall?

    http://www.rei.com/product/798379
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Law View Post
    make sure he picks up some extra tubes for the tires.. i cant imagine looking for a tube when your tire pops in Africa! haha
    He might be in/near the city in South Africa, rather than a remote part in the middle of nowhere like we so often hear about here in the states.

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