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Old 02-26-12, 03:49 PM   #1
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want to get a MB

looking for advice on a new bike, I just started riding last fall with a Raleigh Hybrid
from my LBS, I really like it, but I would like to take to some trials at my local park,
No big hills, mostly flat, gravel, loose dirt, roots, etc I can't afford much over $500
I like the idea of 29's , Just want the most bang for my Bucks, Disc brakes maybe??
I am not a Everyday rider, Weekend casual thanks for any info

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Old 02-26-12, 04:06 PM   #2
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...and here I thought this was going to be about a medical degree.
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...... but I would like to take to some trials at my local park,
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are you going to ride trails, or trials? big difference.

assuming you want to ride trails....if you are happy with the raleigh, they make a great mountain bike for about $500. Look at the Raleigh Talus.
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Go to as many LBS that you can and try as many bikes in your price range that you can. Buy the one that you like the best. $500 is a limited budget, but do-able.
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$500 is a really limited budget...

I would not choose disc brakes at that price point, I would go with v-brakes and change pads to someting from kool-stop. Trek, Specialized, Jamis, should all have a bike in that range, but its going to be low end. Used might be an option if it was used lightly and not abused. Around here you can get a LOT more of a bike for $500 if you search craigslist... just check frame over REALLY well for cracks if its aluminum.
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Felt makes two entry-level trims of their "Niner" 29" hardtail MTB which are like $599-699. My father in law has one of them and it's a decent bike for the money.

My brother in law spent even less and rides a Motobecane from BD.


But that's all I've got. Generally, it's quite true that $500 is an impossible budget for a new MTB.
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Craigslist is usually a good choice in that price range. You might also check to see if there is a local mountain bike club. Mountain Bikers have a couple spares around. $500. can loosen their grip on a beloved old bike. Plus they might be able to help with skills and other trails to ride.
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Redline Monocog 29'er. MSRP of $550, singlespeed so it's simple and low maintenance, rigid fork but with the bigger 29" tires who needs suspension. Buy one you won't regret it!
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