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    MB Brands, whats recommended?

    Hi,

    Im new to this forum and kind of new to the Mountain biking. I was hoping some of you guys can suggest some very respectable brands of Mountain Bikes that provide good quality and you would recommend. I searched a little on the net and found many manufacturers so i was hoping you guys can narrow it down to a few really good manufactures. I have heard of manufactures such as GT, Giant, Specialized and Avanti but not sure about how good their bikes are.

    Im looking for a MB that i can ride on road and off road, i would prefer disc brackes. Maybe a Hardtail but im not sure. Im happy to buy new or used. My budget is up to $800 and below.

    Any suggestions to my questions would be great. I appologise in advance, as im sure you get these questions all the time.

    Thanks guys/gals.

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    You cant go wrong with a Specialized or Kona, both excellent brands, and a few good bikes under $800... Then you have Trek, Giant and many other makes but those are the main brands i think...

    $800... Hmm, it depends on how much you weigh and stuff, if your a big guy, you'll need a mroe heavy duty bike like a Kona Hoos (out of price range though i think) But if your a light rider, there is the Specialized hardrock, Rockhopper and for Kona theres the Cindercone.... All are hardtails, you wont find a decent FS rig for under $1000, but for $500 you can get a decent hardtail

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    Just a quick point - Mountain Biking is shortened to MTB.

    GT, Kona and Specialized are all good makes, as is Giant and Trek. It really depends if you are looking for a specific style of bike or not (i.e. DH, FR, DJ, XC, Road) or just a bike that can be used off road.
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    I like Trek and Ironhorse. Trek has a large variety of bikes, with a large range of prices. I don't think I'd ever buy a trek full suspension bike tho, other companies make better full suspension bikes. A good Jirt jumping bike from Trek would be a Bruiser 2, it has disc brakes and beefy tires. I think Ironhorse bikes look pretty good too, and from what I've seen on the chain reaction movies, they hold up well. If your just up for a regular hardtail, look at the trek 4500. Its got disc brakes and is perfect for a new mtb Rider. um... I wouldn't go with a GT bike, all of the people I know with Gt bikes have A LOT of problems with them. Norco seem pretty good too. Just look around, find one that you like and that suits you, and go with it.

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    Stick with a hardtail, get a full later when your skills are honed and you have twice as much $.
    I'd look into 5-600$ bikes and possibly have the floor-room shock switched out @ the lbs - (often the 'packaged' bikes have entry level shocks.)

    Go a bit below your budget -you need a helmet, bike multi-tool...maybe some gloves.

    Some companies to look into:

    Kona
    Specialized
    Trek
    Norco
    Davinci
    Brodie

    Go for companies who specifically were mtb builders first.
    Ride as many frame geometries you can.

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    why does nobody talks about fisher bikes? are they that bad or what? they seeem pretty good for me?

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    For me, they don't offer any bikes I like. And the genesis geometry feels like crap. I think GF is one of those brands that is pretty unique in how they feel so either you love them or hate them

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    Giant all the way.
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    I have had really good luck from my specialized hardrock comp, disc. It was under $500. Not the best components, but a great entry level hardtail.

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    I'm a huge fan of Specialized. I have always liked their bikes, then I worked in a shop that was an S dealer. I became even more impressed with their customer service. They back their product. Trek, Giant, Fisher, and Specialized all offer a lot of the price range. Right now you might still be able to find some 2004 models at a good price. Here's a few links to check out:

    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/030...sp?model=10772

    http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkMode...2cl60df.j27006

    http://www.mtbr.com

    Mtbr.com has a lot of product reviews written by people who own the product. If you haven't been there yet, it's worth a look. Shop around and have a good time. Ride every single bike you think you might be interested too. Every brand has a different idea about bike geometry. Keep us updated.

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    knoa, specailized, or again, if you have the money, Santa Cruz.
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    i have a specialized 04 hardrock pro and i got it on sale(20% off) because they needed room for 05 models. $485 with the discount.
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    Pin it baby!

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    Howdy,
    I've put my Kona Dawg-Deelux through hell and haven't broken anything yet. I ride the mountains of northern Utah so there is plenty of rocky DH and sandy climbs. The Dawg-Deelux is a bit more than $800.00 but I'm confident that other Kona bikes are of equally good quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hebrew_rider
    knoa, specailized, or again, if you have the money, Santa Cruz.
    I agree with him. I have both Kona and Specialized bikes, and I'm happy with both of them, but my dream bike is a Santa Cruz that I can't afford.

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    For MTB I love Specialized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn
    For MTB I love Specialized.
    me too
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    I have an 05 Hardrock Pro and love it. I got lucky and mine came with BB7 discs instead of the BB5's it's supposed to come with. Great deal at under $700 with tax and all. I also like the Kona Cinder Cone quite a bit in that price range.

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    i <3 my fisher. i use it for dirt jumping, trail riding, and general purposes--riding to store and school.

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