Hello everyone. A couple of months ago I picked up mountain biking and have realized that the performance of my wal-mart bike is a bit lacking. I'm 5'8" , 120 lbs. I figure a 26" would fit me the best but I don't know anything about the geometry or anything and I guess as a beginner it doesn't much matter. I'm still a highschooler and do not have a job so I'm counting on santa to pay for this one.
about 50% on road 50% off road
(off road being anything from just a bumpy dirt/gravel road to some intense rocky downhill...but what does intense mean for a noob)
Rarely, if ever, will it get more than 8 inches of air off a jump but there is a very short (50ft or so) dirt bmx course that I ride a lot so a maneuverable bike would be preferred. Where I ride there is just as much up hill riding as down hill so the lighter the bike the better. I ride at Mission Trails Regional Park between Tierrasanta and Santee/San Carlos in case anyone else rides there too. There are lots of people biking in that area.
$200-$400. $400 MAX, probably even too much. anything from an lbs would be a step up from my old department store bike right?
I know to stay away from department stores and plan on checking out a couple local bike shops. One question I have, other than "what bike should i get", is what about a Mongoose brand bike? They seem to make good quality bikes but i have yet to hear or read about anyone buying a Mongoose bike.
Please feel free to ask any questions.
Thank you! and thanks for reading my post.