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    A good beginner Hardtail for $300-$500?

    I posted earlier about a FS bike and have been convinced not to get one to start out.

    Now I'm looking for a good beginner HT bike. In the price range of $300-$500 maybe $600 if worth it. I still have to buy a new helmet and other various materials I'm sure.
    I would like to know what some good ones are before I go to a Bike shop which might not be until May. I've read Trek is a good starter bike, but what one? I don't know anything about parts or what is good.

    What would you say about this one?
    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...ries/3900disc/

    I would be mainly riding hiking/biking trails at first until I get better. These trails do have sometimes a fair bit of rocks and roots sticking out. Also a good bit of pavement as well.

    Thanks for the help!
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    Your last bike was a DB. The Response Sport is great value.

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    I would recommend a Specialized Rockhopper as a first bike.

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...0&menuItemId=0
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    I dunno how big you are, but here's an option in your neck of the woods:

    http://asheville.craigslist.org/bik/2270247947.html




    And a decent beginner dually that I would actually ride...(though not jump too big):
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...c+Bike+09.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    I dunno how big you are, but here's an option in your neck of the woods:
    By measuring I found I should be around a 16 inch frame. I'm 5' 5" 120lbs.
    I think around a 29" inseam and 22" arm span.

    I'm going to try and get to a bike shop this weekend. I found a ride home from my college. I'll ask about some ideas there.

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    I was able to go to all my local bike stores today. I think I found a good choice for what I want.
    I'm going to get it from here.

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...,advance,wahoo

    I was looking at the 3900 online, but they had the advance in store. He was saying the major difference in the Wahoo and Advance is that the Wahoo has better rims for stronger wheels. I plan to get the advance. The good thing is that when I get it, I can take it for a 24 hour test ride if I wanted and then anything else I buy I get 10% off.

    Also can you tell me teh difference between the 3900 and Advance?

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