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A good street/trails bike

Old 08-10-05, 01:52 AM
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A good street/trails bike

Hello, I am new here. I have had mountain bikes all my life, but I hardly ever rode them. I just recently started riding 20 inchers this spring. I have a Dyno right now, but it is rusted and the back brakes don't work. I am looking for a nice starter bike for around $250. I ride about 50% street 50% trails. I really never visit a skatepark.

I did some searching on the internet, and I like the Haro Backtrail X2, DK General Lee 20inch, and the Eastern Traildigger, but I know next to nothing about what makes a good bike, probably due to the fact that I've never had one.

Thanks in advance for the help.

PS: I've heard good things about freecoaster hubs and cassette hubs, what is so great about these?
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You're not going to really go wrong with any of those bikes, pretty much everything at any given price point is going to offer the same features. For dirt jumping I'd look for a little bit more length in the top tube and rear end, as well as relaxed head tube angle. These measurements will obviously vary depending on how big you are, I'm 6'1" and run a 21" frame for street.

Freecoasters allow you to disengage the drive mechanism in the hub and roll backwards and forwards without the pedals turning. Don't mess with a freecoaster right off the bat, they're fussy and complicated and not nearly as strong internally as a cassette or even your standard threaded freewheel.

Cassettes are just like a freehub on your MTB, internal pawls that engage inside the hub instead of a freewheel that threads onto the hub. They're strong, light and allow you to run smaller rear cogs, which in turn allow you to run itty bitty nibbler sprockets up front. Nice to have but for $250 you probably won't be getting one. That's all right, you can live without 'em just fine.
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The Haro Backtrail seems to be the go, from what I've been reading. And cheers for an intelligent and legible post. The BMX forum's average IQ may have just gone up a few points.
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