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Old 04-06-17, 08:00 PM   #1
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Looking for a good MTB around 300-400 ish

Hello. I am looking for a decent quality MTB that will last a good while and be fun to ride out on trails. I have a road bike currently and am wanting a second bike so I can go riding on trails. I do not have too much money to spend. But I do not want to buy a crappy bike. What do you guys suggest?

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Old 04-06-17, 10:30 PM   #2
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look for a used bike. Should be able to find a couple year old entry level bike $600ish new in your range. Try your local bike facebook groups.
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What about something like this?
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Old 04-07-17, 12:06 AM   #4
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It IS better than a FS BSO out of a department store, but not by much. Particularly the rear linkage and shock is primitive at best.

IMO, that is NOT a "a decent quality MTB that will last a good while and be fun to ride out on trails."

You'll only be happy with that bike as long as you avoid test riding better bikes.

Whenever you're on a budget and still want good quality, "features" are your enemy. The more stuff that's on the bike, the less money there is available for each part.
To have any chance of meeting your goals, forget about rear suspension.
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Old 04-07-17, 05:18 AM   #5
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Dabac nailed it.

That rear suspension is going to suck. Better off with a hard tail.

In your price range, look for a hard tail.

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Old 04-07-17, 07:44 AM   #6
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I don't know that I'd go dept store. There may be some used options available for you. I would see if you can hold off and save another $200 to get you into a better beginner bracket. There are some good options on this list:

https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mt...ountain-bikes/

Also, there's the Trek Marlin 4, Motobecane 400HT (you'll have to spend more than the $300 in getting a bike shop to assemble for you properly), Specialized Hardrock V that you could look at. You don't have to break the bank, contrary to what many will say, but these would be some decent starting options.
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Old 04-07-17, 08:27 AM   #7
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I am in the same boat. Looking to challenge myself by riding trails with my son after many years of riding mostly paved roads. But I cannot justify spending $1,000 or more on a decent mountain bike. I am also looking used, and believe I found something pretty decent at a local shop I trust; but probably closer to $300 or maybe slightly more than $150.

So after looking around for awhile, this is my take on things.

1. While the technology constantly improves, I don't really trust entry level components you typically find on $500 or $600 mountain bikes. I have a feeling at my weight, I would have to invest $1,000 or more to get something that will hold up to both my weight or 250 lbs plus, and local trails.

2. The used market seems to be clustered around two poles. One is, really old, beat up, usually lower end mountain bikes selling for $200 or less. And while this might be OK for a youngster who weighs 130 lbs, I have my doubts the well used suspension forks on these bikes will hold up.

The other is the high end, and you have some nice bikes, but often as much or more than a brand new bike.

3. You need to be able to trust the seller, as much as the bike. So if you buy used as is, look it over closely. As an experienced cyclist, I feel reasonably OK inspecting for wear in the chain, cassette, shifters, bottom bracket, headset. The fork is the thing that worries me the most, and of course, new suspension forks can cost as much or more than OP's entire budget, plus labor if OP can't install it himself.
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While the technology constantly improves, I don't really trust entry level components you typically find on $500 or $600 mountain bikes. I have a feeling at my weight, I would have to invest $1,000 or more to get something that will hold up to both my weight or 250 lbs plus, and local trails.
This is just my opinion, but I think there's no reason to distrust entry level components, especially if you're an entry level rider. I'm 225# on my good days and I've taken both of my daughters' entry level bikes on some intermediate trails and have had no issues. Granted, I still consider myself entry level after only riding for a few years and not being in the greatest shape, but these bikes have what it takes to have miles and miles of great, hard-riding fun.
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This is just my opinion, but I think there's no reason to distrust entry level components, especially if you're an entry level rider. I'm 225# on my good days and I've taken both of my daughters' entry level bikes on some intermediate trails and have had no issues. Granted, I still consider myself entry level after only riding for a few years and not being in the greatest shape, but these bikes have what it takes to have miles and miles of great, hard-riding fun.
That is sort of what the guys at the bike shops tell me, but I have my doubts.

In any case, OP needs to look used if his budget is $150 to $300.
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These are fairly decent bikes for the price. My son has the 529. He rides mostly around the neighbor hoods, but does the occasion intermediate trail with me.

The forks are not great, but Suntour does make decent forks and they have an upgrade program so down the road you could probably upgrade for a reasonable price. The frame is decent and the components while low end are ok and reliable. The 529 has fair hydraulic disc brakes and the 400 had mechanical disc brakes. For easy trail riding with the occasional harder trail these will work.

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Look for a 90s rigid MTB... back in the day, mid line models used to sell for around $700-800 tops but now on eBay you can get one for $150-$300.

With a lightweight, double-butted steel frame. Plenty of those around to get you started mountain biking.
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Old 04-15-17, 01:37 PM   #12
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So what's the decision here?

My non-requested recommendation is this, you do not need suspension to have a fun, reliable trail bike that is also a decent around town bike. If you work on your own bikes, this is the key. Scan Craigslist and Facebook marketplace until you find your size in a quality mid-topshelf mountain bike. I find nice examples for sale regularly. My fleet favorite is an '84 Univega Alpina Uno a friend gave me. There are plenty of neglected but intact non-abused MTB's out there to suit your budget perameters.
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Old 06-19-17, 02:56 AM   #13
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Check this member's post in this forum. He's fixing top sell this Trek 6000 disc... in your price range.
Post title is: Trek 6000 Disc help.
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Huffy TR745 looks pretty sweet.
It appears to have decent entry components...Shimano and Suntour.
Aluminum, 27.5 wheel, modern geometries.
Read pretty good reviews about it. I think Huffy is upping its game.

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look at eBay
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