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Old 04-04-06, 04:10 AM   #1
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Help a newbie out!

Hi all,

i've been looking for a bike for some time now and recently a new Kona Coiler Primo has come up at a decent price...

I've a friend whos into biking and he says the rear suspension is only any use for downhill and it adds a lot of weight to the bike... question is, if i'm doing say 60% road and 40% cross country / this the wrong bike to be looking at?

If so...can anyone recommend a few models that might be worth a look at?

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It's not the bike for you. Look at xc/all-mountain bikes.
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As a general rule of thumb, newbies should stick with hardtails.

Why? Well, since you are new to riding, you probably don't want to have a huge cash outlay. Decent full squishy bikes cost more. Significantly more.

Secondly, as you develop your skills you'll find out what aspects of riding are more appealing to you. You can then get the "right" bike for you once you figure out what the "right" bike is.

Thirdly, you're going to be hard on your equipment. You are going to be like a bull in a China shop. Once you get used to riding, learn some more skills, learn how to shift and when, learn how to brake and when, learn how to move around the bike, learn hoto bunnyhop or jump...etc. You're bike is going to be pretty well used up. Then it'll be time for your next bike.

As a mere suggestion, don't spend more than $500 on your first bike.

Now, to open a litle debate. With that said, getting a full suspension as your first bike isn't necessarily a bad idea, just a more expensive one.

Some will argue that you should learn on a hardtail so you learn to pick smoother lines, and that riding a full suspension bike handicaps you a bit because the bike corrects some of your errors. I say if you like it, get it.

Now, from what you've described as your riding style, 60% road, I would stick with a more XC (cross County) style bike.

Thinner tires, less suspension travel, lighter weight.

Now, you mention 40% xc/dh. What is DH to you? Does this mean climbing a trail and going down the other side, or are you talking about riding at a ski lodge in the summer with chair lifts and doing nothing but screaming down a mountain.

Two entirely different bikes!
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The perfect bicycle for you is the Trek 3700 or Giant Boulder SE.
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I'm a newb too and I got a '05 Trek 4300 from my LBS for about $370. I concur with the "bull in a china shop" sentiment. I've single-tracked her 5 times and boy has she taken some abuse. But she's taken it well so far. Definitely test ride a few and see what you like. I was sure I wanted a Gary Fisher Marlin before I tried both bikes - I'm short and the GF's geometry felt all wrong to me when compared side by side (ride by ride). Happy hunting - it's damn fun!
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