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    I want the best mountain bike i can get for under $400 which brands should I start/w?

    I am 6'1'', my budget is $400, I definitely want dual-suspension, disc brakes would be nice as well. I haven't road a bike in a long time, I have no idea where to start in my search? Very much appreciate any help!

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    Sadly, your budget is not enough for what you want unless you shop diligently on the used market.

    I >cough< >cough< know this guy who is 6'-1" and has one for around that price but it would be a bit self-serving to link to his Marketplace ad I suppose.

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    That bike dminor so helpfully linked is the closest you're going to get to your demands and your budget.

    I seriously doubt you need full suspension if $400 is your budget though. I think you want full suspension, but don't need it (yet). Either way a new full suspension bike for $400 is going to be crap so you're stuck with second hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    Sadly, your budget is not enough for what you want unless you shop diligently on the used market.

    I >cough< >cough< know this guy who is 6'-1" and has one for around that price but it would be a bit self-serving to link to his Marketplace ad I suppose.
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    That bike and dminor's special touch make that blue monster a great value.
    I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

    I can't even find my bike when I'm on drugs. -Willie N.

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    A $400 bike with disc brakes and full suspension? You're in Wal-Mart territory there, and I advise you to steer clear.

    I saw some decent front suspension, non disc (maybe they had front discs, I don't remember) bikes at sport chalet for around $400. Can't remember the brands, but I think they were carrying Fuji/Gary Fisher/Specialized. I believe they were 29'ers, too.

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    craigslist pretty good used bikes ....jan 1st comes around all those couch potatoes buy a mountain bike so they can get healthier they ride it 2-3 times garage it next jan 1st resulution clean the garage and sell that bike they never ride .................REMEMBER once you ride a brand new bike for the 1st time it becomes a used bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by y2kh8r View Post
    A $400 bike with disc brakes and full suspension? You're in Wal-Mart territory there, and I advise you to steer clear.
    Far from it - - it's just a 2003 full suspension. I don't think you'll find Hayes Stroker Aces on a Wally bike .

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    Motobecane 450HT 9.00.jpg
    $319.00 shipped to your door from BikesDirect.com
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    Motobecane 450HT
    Frame Custom 7005 Aluminum Trail-Tuned POWER STAY frame, bi-axial gussetted downtube, sculpted rear dropouts with replaceable rear derailleur hanger, 2x H2O bosses (14",16", 18" frames only have 1 set of bottle boss), International Standard rear disc mounts
    Fork Longer Travel SR Suntour SF12-XCT-V4-DS-26-100mm
    NOTE: Fork is different from pics of yellow bikes. Spec is same as MatteBlack bikes; SR Suntour SF12-XCT-V4-DS-26-100mm
    Crankset SUNTOUR XCT-V3 22/32/42T, Aluminum Arms
    170MM(13~16")/ 175MM(18~23")
    Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge SUNTOUR BB10-XCT-SQ
    Pedals ATB Beartrap (metal cage - other brands have plastic)
    Front Derailleur SRAM FD-3.0-A1 TOP PULL
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X4 long cage
    Shifters SRAM X4, 8 Speed Triggershift (24 speeds total)
    Cassette/Freewheel Cassette 11-32T 8 Speed (24 speeds total)
    Chain KMC Narrow 8 speed
    Hubs Formula DiscSpecific Aluminum (black) Rubber Sealed Ball Bearing mechanism, QR
    Spokes Stainless Steel
    Rims DA18 - Double Wall Aluminum
    Tires Kenda Blackwall 26 x 2.1
    Brakes TEKTRO Novela Mechanical Disc Brakes
    Brake Levers TEKTRO ALLOY BLACK LEVER for Disc
    Headset Cane Creek Internal Sealed caged ball bearing VP A42E 1.125 inch
    Handlebar Skye Comp W:620MMxR:20MMx6 DEGREES, ALLOY BLACK Aluminum Riser
    Stem Skye Comp Threadless EXT:90MM(13"~16")/110MM(18~23")x10 DEGREES, ALLOY BLACK Aluminum
    Tape/Grip WTB Dual Compound Palm Pillow
    Saddle WTB Speed V with comfort groove
    Seat Post Skye Aluminum Micro-Adjust 300MM
    Seat Clamp Alloy w/QR
    Sizes as listed
    Colors as listed
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    Frame AltairX Custom Butted-Aluminum Trail-Tuned POWER STAY frame, hydroformed top-tube, reinforced-gussetted downtube, sculpted rear dropouts with replaceable rear derailleur hanger, H2O boss, International Standard rear disc mounts
    Fork 26" SUSPENSION FORK, SUNTOUR XCT V4 ML W/LOCK OUT, ALLOY BLACK CROWN, Adjustable preload, Long Travel (NOTE: parts differ slightly from pics)
    Crankset SunTour XCT Aluminum Triple 22/32/42T 175mm (Not Truvativ)
    Bottom Bracket Sealed cartridge
    Pedals ATB Beartrap, resin body, metal cage
    Front Derailleur SHIMANO Top Swing (FDM190)
    Rear Derailleur SHIMANO DEORE RD-M591L (H-normal)
    Shifters Shimano ST-EF51 Mega 8 Speed STI (24 speeds total)
    Cassette/Freewheel SHIMANO CS-HG30-8spd 11-30T
    Chain 8 Speed Z72 Narrow
    Hubs DiscSpecific Aluminum (black) Sealed Bearing mechanism
    Spokes 14G Stainless Steel
    Rims WTB Speed Disc Double Wall Aluminum disc specific
    Tires WTB Velociraptor Blackwall 26 x 2.10 (front and rear specific tread)
    Brakes TEKTRO NOVELA Mechanical Disc Brakes, 160mm Ventilated Steel Disc Rotors
    (Round or Wave / No Choice)
    Brake Levers Shimano ST-EF50
    Headset Internal Sealed bearing VP A71 1.125 inch
    Handlebar Comp Aluminum Riser, 25.4mm clamp diameter
    W:620MMxR:30MMx6 DEGREES
    Stem Comp Threadless Aluminum 1.125 inch
    90MM(13"~17")/110MM(19",21")x10 DEGREES
    Tape/Grip WTB Dual Compound Trail
    Saddle WTB Speed V Sport with comfort groove
    Seat Post Aluminum Micro-Adjust 27.2x300mm
    Seat Clamp Aluminum w/QR
    Sizes 13, 15, 17, 19, 21 inch
    Colors Black (as shown)
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    Here's a bike in your price range.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mongoose-X...-Bike/16913467

    Now I'll let everyone tell you why it's a piece of crap.

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    Saddle looks flexy^
    just a n00b with an ego

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    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    Far from it - - it's just a 2003 full suspension. I don't think you'll find Hayes Stroker Aces on a Wally bike .
    I was talking about a new bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjamunky View Post
    Here's a bike in your price range.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mongoose-X...-Bike/16913467

    Now I'll let everyone tell you why it's a piece of crap.
    I'll bite- heavy, slow, cheap components, assembled by a former McDonalds employee who had never turned a wrench until they worked for Wal-Mart.

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    I'm looking for a yeti dh bike for about 2fiddy.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Mongoose XR-PRO 29" Men's Mountain Bike:
    • SR Suntour crank offers a wide range of gearing
    • Riding Style: mountain bike
    • Frame: aluminum, full-suspension main frame maximizes performance
    • Suspension: SR Suntour suspension fork offers a smooth, controlled ride through the bumps
    • Gearing: SRAM SX4 trigger shifters change gear smoothly and efficiently through 24 speeds
    • Derailleur: SRAM X4 rear derailleur
    • Brakes: front and rear disc brakes give all-condition stopping power
    • Rims: wide alloy rims provide lightweight durability
    • Dimensions: 68"L x 23"W x 41"H
    • Assembly instructions included



    Looks pretty well equipped to me for the money actually..A trek 3700 or 4500 or a
    specialized hardrock are equally or actually less equipped.

    Ok so the front shock and rear shock arent 1000 dollar range componants but they are as upgradeable
    as any bike..most tend to upgrade anyway so i look at it as 200 more i can use to upgrade with.

    Todays rear airshocks are plentyful and i think this bike can accept up to a 7 or 7.5 eye to eye rear shock.
    For the 200 you saved you can get a rockshoks rear shock and a tk30 front fork off ebay easily. Then
    of course decent pedals and lighter weight componants like the handlebars and stem.This can be a very
    good bike in my opinion.Not something i would take down hill or anything but for basic trail riding i see
    no problems with it at all.The front fork change and lighter weight componants i mention will easily knock
    probably 2 lbs off the bike or more. Dont go by the weights claimed on the site.No way that bike weighs 47lbs.
    Its closer to maybe 33-34lbs. I know someone who built up a walmart Genesis V2100 and hes got the weight down
    to 29lbs and its a full suspension bike
    Last edited by mega69; 02-02-13 at 07:24 PM.

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    The Mongoose XR Pro 29er and the XR200 26er are the best 2 from mongoose that are worthy of upgrades.
    And the Genesis V2100 26er and Saber 26er are the best from Genesis with the Saber being the better of the two.
    All models are all availiable from walmart. Heres a build of a genesis V2100.

    Rockshocks shocks
    Raceface cockpit
    Sram X5 crank and shifting componants.
    Dual mechanical disc brakes
    Bike weights in at 29.8lbs
    Aftermarket rims/tires

    Wickeds v2100.jpgwikeds bike.jpg

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    I can say the rear frame section on the genesis v2100 and the saber are alloy and not heavy steel.
    The XR pro and xr200 im not sure about.Genesis Saber.jpg


    Photo of the lighter Saber model (all stock)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    I'm looking for a yeti dh bike for about 2fiddy.
    I think an ol' Santa Cruz Super-8 would be more appropriate. Y'know, something really old like you . . . .

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    I would look at the Bikes Direct front suspension bikes if you want to go new. You have not ridden a bike in a number of years but you plan is to hit trails that you need a dual suspension?

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    If you can find an experienced MTBer to help you, I'd go with dminor's recommendation to buy used. A good quality, maintained used bike with good or top quality components will out-perform a new entry level bike (and forget about a Wally World bike). The trick is to find an older, higher end bike in good condition. If you can, you'll enjoy the sport much more. If dminor lives close to you, see if you can arrange a trial of his bike.
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    To thash: Honestly, you wont find a nice full suspension bike at $400 price range. Unless it's a Wal-Mart bike. If I were you, I just save money untill I can get really nice dual suspension bike.
    I ride it -like I stole it :-)

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