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Old 02-04-12, 08:47 PM
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Ripcurlsurfin96
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Cool First time bike buyer!!

Hello All,

I have done my research and as with others it has been an overwhelming amount of information. I have also gone to many different local bike shops and have gotten different opinions as to why their bikes are the best.

I think I have narrowed it down to these below. I am looking for a bike that I can eventually put drop bars on, ride some packed cinder roads in the parks, and ride on the road as well. Can you all please tell me if I am in the right direction or completely off

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...d=12CrossTrail
http://thebicyclechain.com/product/1...x-123180-1.htm
http://thebicyclechain.com/product/1...on-94393-1.htm

I like the idea of the lockout for the front fork. Is their any harm in having that locked and riding on the road or is it better just to get a front fork with no suspension.

As you can also see my price range is in the 600 dollar range. (The specialized bike is 659 on close out for a 2011 model)
Thanks again!!!
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