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Kingofgreens 01-11-09 12:43 AM

Hello all
Greetings to you all.

I was hoping that some of you could offer me some advice.

I bought a cheap WalMart bike 2 summers ago & rode it A LOT & lost 40 lbs in a few months.
I live close enough to my office that I can use a bike for commute.
The bike was stolen about a year ago & I'm now looking for a replacement & I'd like to get something a lot nicer this time.
I like a mountain bike for the smooth suspension ride & durability. I 'm pretty sure I want disc brakes & I don't want those twist shifters.
I'd like to do a little trail riding & I do hop a lot of curbs & such when I'm just out cruisin but I seriously don't think I'll be hitting any serious jumps.
Keep in mind that I'm 6'1" & 250ish.

The bikes I've looked at are both new & used. My budget is 200 - 450 USD.
I want to get quality but don't have as much money as I'd like to put into this to get a super sweet ride.

Could anyone suggest a place to look for a deal besides ebay or craigslist?
Is there anything I should watch out for?
What brands & models are a good buy for the price?

All constructive comments are welcome :)

RonH 01-11-09 09:27 AM

Look at the Jamis Trail XR, X1, and X2 bikes. Great bikes (we sell them at the shop I work at) and within your budget.

The X2 is the only one with disc brakes.

Kingofgreens 01-11-09 11:32 AM

Looks pretty good. Thanks, but I'm leaning more towards a full suspension bike.

That WalMart bike was only 75$ & like in most cases, you get what you pay for. It was OK but after about a month the roll pins in the derailer came out, the retainer for the crank bearings came loose & allowed road dirt in & it just wasn't the same afterwards. I fixed it on all occasions & thought about upgrading the components, but it hardly seemed worth putting money into it.

I'm never going to use it for much more than just cruisin around, easy trails & commute. I've been looking at the high end Mongoose bikes at WalMart & they have a few models that look good.

Do these look good enough to spend a few hundred bones on or should I continue my search for a more serious bike?

Is there a good website for used bikes?

East Hill 01-11-09 07:56 PM

Unless you are doing some serious off road jumping off big drops, you probably don't need the full suspension. It really doesn't do much except waste your energy if you are doing cruising, easy trails, and commuting.

I would go for a more serious bike. You can ask about used bikes here if you give us a link to the ad (usually CL).

Welcome to BikeForums, and don't hesitate to send me a PM if you have any questions.

East Hill
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Pi}{ie 01-11-09 08:10 PM

I'm with East Hill on the full suspension, you'll be better off investing that money into higher grade components. The easier your bike shifts and brakes the better your ride will be.

AndrewP 01-11-09 10:06 PM

You cant get a reasonable full suspension bike under $1500 new. There are lots of pivot points in a suspension to wear and they wear quickly on a cheap bike giving an unhappy ride. For street potholes and curb hopping the 2" tires on the Jamis X1 will give you all the comfort you need. It will ride a lot easier on the road if you replace the nobby tires with smooth ones. You can find similar bikes by Giant, Specialized or Trek. The lack of suspension saves a lot of weight, which makes it a lot easier to climb the hills. Find the most helpful bike shop and buy whatever brand they sell (They may also have used bikes that have been traded in)

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