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Old 08-21-05, 11:44 AM   #1
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Good Beginner Bike???

Which of these would you consider more bang for the buck for a beginner?
Are the components a big deal to buy now or is it easy to add them as I go?

-- '06 Raleigh Mojave 5.0 $460 with free lifetime service, tune ups, and lifetime warranty for all components to be free of defects from shop.

Frame Atomic 13 Aluminum
Fork SR XCT 75mm Travel w/Preload Adjust.
Headset WTB Ahead 1-1/8
Crankset Truvativ ISO Flow 22/32/42t
Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
F. Derailleur Shimano Acera
R. Derailleur Shimano Alivio
Shift Lever Alivio 8spd
Cog Set SRAM PG-830 8spd (11-30t)
Chain Shimano IG31
Hubset (F) Alloy Joytech QR Disc 32h (R) Alloy Joytech QR Disc 32h Cassette
Spokes 14g Stainless Steel
Rims Weinmann AC-19 DW 32h
Tires WTB Motoraptor 26x2.1
Brakes Hayes HMX-2 disc
Brake Levers Tektro
Pedals Resin Platform
Handlebar Mtn Steel 25mm Riser
Grips Raleigh
Stem Alloy Ahead 4-bolt 10deg
Seatpost Alloy Micro adjust 27.2mm
Saddle WTB Speed V Comp
Extras Rack & Fender mounts, Water bottle mounts, Cateye reflector set, Clear Coat, Owners Manual

-- '04 Giant Iguana $400 with rumor of the shop going out of business / service offer is free for first 30 days then minor tune ups free after that. Any service $49.95 per shot. Bike has some minor scratches and the handlebars were out of alignment but the salesman says no one has taken the bike out for a ride other than staff to test it. Have a funny feeling that an '04 would still be in the shop and that I was the first in the year and a half its been there to notice the alignment problem? IS this something to worry about?

frame Supersized ALUXX butted aluminum, integrated gusset, XTC geometry, Disc brake mount
fork RockShox Pilot C, 80mm travel
derailleur Front: Shimano Alivio, Rear: Shimano Deore
derailleurshifters Shimano Deore, 9-speed
cranks TruVativ G-Sport, 22/32/42T
pedals Steel w/ resin body, toe clips and straps
handlebar Alloy 1.25" riser
stem Giant 1 1/8 Ahead
headset Integrated Ahead 1 1/8"
levers Shimano Deore
brakes Hayes MX-2 Disc, 6" rotors
saddle WTB Speed V Race
seatpost Giant Alloy micro-adjust, 27.2mm, QR Seat lever
rims Alex CR18, 32H doublewall, black w/CNC sidewall
hubs Alloy Disc, 32H, QR, w/ double seals
tires WTB Weirwolf Comp 26x2.1
cassette SRAM PG-950, 11-34T, 9-speed
spokes Stainless Steel 14G
additional Chainguard

-- '06 Gary Fisher Opie $350 with free lifetime service, tune ups, and lifetime warranty for all components to be free of defects from shop. Main frame Bigg'ns 6061 straight gauge aluminum | Reinforced headtube | Box section top and downtubes | Manipulated seat & chainstays | Cold-forged dropouts

Fork InSync Edge 4 | 100mm travel
Headset Aheadset, semi-cartridge, sealed
Bottom bracket Cartridge
Crank SR XCC-150 42/34/24
Pedals Nylon BMX
Front derailleur Shimano C050
Rear derailleur Shimano Acera
Shifters Shimano EF29
Cassette SRAM PG830 | 11-32 | 8spd
Chain Shimano IG51
Front hub Alloy QR
Front rim WTB Dual Duty
Front spokes 14G Stainless Steel
Rear hub Shimano RM30
Rear rim WTB Dual Duty
Rear spokes 14G Stainless Steel
Tires Bontrager Earl 26x2.4
Brakes Tektro V
Brake levers Alloy
Handlebar Hiten
Stem Bontrager | 15 deg. Rise
Saddle Bontrager Earl
Seatpost Bontrager

-- '06 Trek 3900 $330 unsure of service due to the fact I have not visited the shop yet.
Frame Alpha Aluminum
Front Suspension InSync Grind 1, 70mm
Wheels Alloy front, Shimano RM30 rear hub; Matrix 550 rims
Tires Bontrager Connection Trail, 26x2.0"
Shifters Shimano EF29
Front Derailleur Shimano C050
Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera
Crankset SR 42/34/24
Cassette SRAM 850 11-32, 8 speed
Pedals Nylon platform
Saddle Bontrager Sport
Seatpost Bontrager
Handlebars 25.4, 30mm rise
Stem Bontrager, 25.4, 25 degree
Headset Aheadset, semi-cartridge, sealed
Brakeset Tektro V w/Shimano STI levers

You have all been so helpful. Thanks for all the great info thus far! More web forums should follow suit!
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Old 08-21-05, 01:33 PM   #2
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my 4300 was awesome when i first staarted goin far and jump off of stuff. That was in 01 when i turned 12, but then i upgraded to the bruiser. Id do the 3900Why dont you look in the bruiser1 or 2 too?
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Based on the specs, I would go with the giant. The frames don't jazz me as anything great. The components on the Giant looks a liitle better, but ride the bikes and weigh it with your hands. How does it ride? Which weighs less?
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