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School me on what to look for in a mountain bike for my needs

Old 03-16-16, 07:29 PM
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School me on what to look for in a mountain bike for my needs


I've ridden road bikes a lot, do all my own wrenching and even built up a road bike from a frame set.

However, I know nothing about mountain bikes. I'm not interested in doing crazy down hill mountain biking (it looks fun but I'm too old for it!). I'm more interested in a mountain bike for doing rides along mainly flat trails but don't mind a bit of climbing.

So what's important in a MTB? Weight? Stiffness or something else.

Do I need a hard tail or full suspension bike? Something else?

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It is all about that suspension. You want a hardtail and you want an air fork. By the time you spend enough on a bike to get a decent fork it will have good enough everything else too.

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That would be my pick at the moment. That is around an $1800 bike.
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