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buying a new bike, what should I look for?

Old 06-16-09, 06:14 AM
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buying a new bike, what should I look for?

I'm going to be buying a new bike from my LBS real soon. I'm looking at the Specialized Hardrock and Giant Boulder (only because I can get them for $350). I'm new to buying a bike like this, last one was from toys r us I bought back before '00. Is there anything I should look out for? Any questions I should ask? Would it be worth spending a lil extra for disc brakes over the standard V brakes? This bike will be used for recreational, trails/pavement, camping, getting back to fishing spots, etc. Nothing extreme, that is til I get it setup for going fishing, in which I'll be doing mostly off trail riding.

The threaded portion of the stem on the front forks sheared off on my old bike and I couldn't see dropping up to $200 on a bike I can buy for $100 @ WM. The $200~ included a tune up, new tires, bearings, new forks + labor.
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Old 06-16-09, 08:41 AM
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The only time disc brakes are really worth the prince increase is in very wet and muddy conditions, so no, I wouldn't recommend spending on them. Also, in that price range I'd look for a rigid bike, suspension isn't really necessary for the riding you describe and a good fork costs about the same as those bikes.
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