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Old 07-20-15, 01:44 PM
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Looking to purchase my first Mountain Bike

Hello everyone, I used to be into BMX bikes, I own a Specialized Vegas (TJ Lavin series) that is about 12 years old now lol. I went on my first real mountain bike experience yesterday and took that bike and it was a little tough for obvious reasons. Anyways, I had a ton of fun and now I want to get me a mountain bike so I can get the full enjoyment out of it. Since this will be my first bike, I think I will probably be looking to buy a used bike so I can try to get the best bike for the money and not spend a whole lot. I am trying to figure out what would fit me best and thats why I chose to come here to ask for help. I am 5'7 and weigh 135lbs. I am a pretty small person so I feel like getting the correctly sized bike will be very important, can anyone recommend a good starter bike for me? Also I see a lot of talk between 26" and 29" tires. Since I am not very tall, would the 29" just not work for me? I want a decent brand like specialized, trek, something of that sort. Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!
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First MTB + used can be a great deal if you know what you are looking for, add to that your looking for a small frame, could limit your choice of options.

Also, just saying an MTB now is very vague, Mountain Bikes have a myriad of sub-types/specializations, you really need know what general type of riding you are looking at to know what type of bike to look at.

What ever you look at, if a big brand hard tail, you can't go too far wrong, would stay away from full suspension, unless you know exactly what it is, and you can get spares if needed.

Being really general, would look for something like a Specialized Rockhopper, or Trek X-Caliber
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Good information, thanks.

I hope it is okay to post links on these forums. But check this out if you don't mind. Specialized(Rockhopper)Mountain Bike

Just for example...does that seem like something pretty close that would be good for me? Also how is their asking price on that, pretty fair?
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I'd say to not concern yourself with considering 29" bikes to start out. There are more 26" wheel bikes out there so it should be easier to find a used one at a good price.

Look for hardtails in a smaller frame size (17 inch might be a good size to try). Look for Trek, Specialized, Giant, or other big name brands. Don't get too caught up in the components but if you can manage disk brakes you'll appreciate that down the road.

When I started people said to try the hardtail 26 bikes, and after I learned to ride I'd know if I wanted something different. Ten years down the road and I'm still riding 26" hardtails. I'm no superstar and don't ride downhill so have no need for full suspension. And I'm even shorter than you, and didn't like the 'clown wheel' feel of 29" bikes. Which is all good, because that leaves me a good range of reliable bikes at reasonable prices to choose from.

Good luck.

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Thanks for all the quick responses and information guys, really appreciate it!

Well now I definetly have a ballpark figure of what I am looking for now thanks to you guys.

One more question though, does age of the bike matter a lot? Like say there is a bike that is 8 years old but is in great shape, is it still worth looking at or has technology changed enough within these 8 years to not consider it now?

Thanks guys!
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Hardtails have had the least changes, but yes they have evolved. IMHO, I would consider a bike that's eight years old, if its a very good bike at a very good price and the components are in good shape. Something to consider, a suspension fork that needs to be replaced can cost as much as you paid for the whole bike. So the older the bike, the more you have to check it out to see what repairs may be needed. BTW, that old rigid fork Rockhopper you referenced is, in my opinion, way overpriced. Keep in mind, you can buy a brand new, bike shop guaranteed Giant ATX with disc brakes, 27.5 wheels and a 100mm travel fork for $440 if you pay full list price. Find a left over and it'll probably be under $400.
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