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    The Caad 10 of the Mountain Bike World

    I've been riding road for the past 8 years. I want to start riding trails in San Diego. Aesthetically I tend to like minimal bikes, which is why (with the little research I have done) I am attracted to hardtails or even rigid.

    What's your guys' thoughts on a bike like this as my first mountain ride ($650 on CL)?

    How easy would it be to add gears (because I am certain I will get over SS very quickly)?




    Or would I be better off with something like this ($650 on CL):



    Or maybe you guys can point me in a better direction?
    Here are some of the bikes I have been looking at/influenced by:









    I'll take a guess and say these bikes are out of my budget (~$1,000) but is there a way to get a similar aesthetic at my budget? Basically the Caad10 of the mountain bike world is what I am looking for. Versatile, stylish, durable, workhorse, no frills but still excellent quality for the price. The best bang for the buck ride...in black!

    Last thing, I would potentially like to race as well, but that is not a huge priority...so I guess versatility should be factored in.

    Hope this is not confusing, I expect the bike porn to keep you entertained enough to help me out

    Thanks!

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    Senior Member enjoi07's Avatar
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    This is also available for $400.

    26" wheels but does it really matter?


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