Old 01-05-05, 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by greenebeans
I'm a newbie to mountain biking and I'd like to give it a shot without investing too much up front. If I really get into it, I'll upgrade, but in the meantime I would like some advice from you experienced bikers out there. Obviously at this price, I'm checking out the Department Stores. So far, I am considering the following. Any advice on which is the best bet would be greatly appreciated...

Mongoose EFX $130
MGX Virage $130
Honda Hartail $130
Schwinn Sidewinder $133
Next Shocker $80
Next Plush $80
As much as I hate to discourage a newbie those bikes will get you KILLED on a trail. Not through any violence from another rider but due to the fact that they aren't designed to be ridden off road as strange as that sounds. You'd be MUCH better off going to a bike shop and looking through their used bikes. Walmart and others stores like it are NOT bike shops.
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