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Old 07-12-15, 06:46 AM
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new to biking looking for a mountain bike HT ot FS ?

hi everyone, my name is ran I am new to biking, I started bikejoring with my dog about 6 months ago then 3 months later I found out I am in love with riding a bike, I started going out to bike single trails and improving myselfe.

currently I am riding a 2005 specilaized enduro, they are in a decent minus shape, I want to give them to my brother who also started riding with me and get a new bike.

my current options are medium-high end hard tail or a low end full suspension.
prices where I live I quite high my budget is 1400$

options I saw at some big bike shops where:
HT:
SPECILIZED ROCKHOPPER EXPERT EVO - 1270$
TREK X-CALIBER 7 - 1160$
MERDIA BIG 7 300- 696$ (on sale)
MERDIA BIG 7 500 1020$ (on sale)
FS:
MERIDA ONE-TWENTY 400 - 1080$
MERIDA ONE-TWENTY 500 - 1260$

the full suspension bikes are 2014 models with 26" wheels, the same 2015 27.5" cost 50% more.
while the HT bikes are 2015 27.5/29" models


I am realy not sure what I should get the 'one twenty 500' seems like a deal but I am not even sure if I want FS or HT.

I ride XC... 30-40km rides with some medium thecnical single trail with small jumps.


thanks allot in advance, ran.

edit:
their is also the option of buying used.

I saw some realy hard core bikes like Specialized stuntjumper/enduro aluminmium and carbon for around 1000-1300$ (2009-2011), same for the trek and other same level bikes from those years...

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Old 07-13-15, 05:02 AM
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Old 07-13-15, 05:24 AM
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Tough decision. I think first you have to decide between hardtail and full suspension.

I am not fond of low-end suspension. I'd prefer a hardtail having better parts over a suspension bike having low-end parts.

What are your trails like? Are you riding a full-suspension bike now? Are you able to borrow a hardtail and try the same trails to be sure you'll still enjoy them without rear suspension?
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I agree^^^

Riding XC with your Enduro, which is a full suspension frame, have you seen a need for the rear suspension? Try riding your normal ride with the rear suspension locked out and see the difference is a deal breaker. Keep in mind a hard tail bike will most likely be much lighter.
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well I am not sure.

I cant lock out the enduros rear suspension, its either long travel or short travel, I almost always set it on short.

this is a local trail near my home I ride it pretty often, but would like to get into harder stuff when I feel my riding has improved.

is the merida one twenty 500 not a good FS bike ?
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Ran, that's really nice trail in your video. Wish we had that where I live. Nice video work too.

I have both a rigid bike and a suspension bike. I'd take either on that trail, but I'm thinking I'd have more fun on the suspension bike.

The Merida looks fine, btw.

Edit: You've been riding full-suspension all this time? I think it's really important that you not jump backward to a hardtail without borrowing one and having a few rides on one to remind yourself what they are like.
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