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Old 10-31-06, 09:02 PM
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New Mountain Bike suggestions...

Hey there. I'm looking for suggestions as to what to get for my first "real" MTB. I'm about 6'4, 255 lbs. Definitely a large dude. The bike I have now is a POS Shimano Break Point from Wal-Mart. When I decided I wanted to get into biking, I brought it from my moms to my dads. The rear axle was bent, so I straightened it out and made the bike rideable. My dad lives in Avra Valley, about 30 miles northwest of Tucson. I would describe this as an MTB'ers paradise. There are dirt trails and awesome places to ride everywhere! I've been riding my self silly, making my ass sore, and having a blast while getting a great workout. The problem is, my bike is completely falling apart. So, time for a new one. I was thinking about going all out and spending about $1000 for a real nice one, but I realized that this new into biking I should probably shoot a little lower. Plus, my current bike won't last long enough. So far what I have in mind is maybe a Hardrock Sport or Pro, I was really leaning toward the Hardrock Pro Disc. That bike looks very nice, and the frame looks like it will stand some abuse. I was thinking about this and upgrading as I go, Marzocchi fork, etc.
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Old 10-31-06, 09:09 PM
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If i were you i would get a not so nice version of a nicer bike instead of the best of the worst... I would go for something more like the Rock Hopper
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Old 10-31-06, 10:20 PM
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The hardrock is way to go. It is a super burly frame which is good a 255lbs rider and they are highly versital. If you do decide to go with any of the hardrocks look into upgrading the fork because you are such a big guy. Other than that the hardrock is perfect.

Temeraroius suggested the rockhopper but i disagree. The rockhopper is a lighter frame and many people think therefor it is better, but because you are such a big guy go with the hardrock because it the frame is stronger.
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Old 11-01-06, 02:19 AM
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Kona Hoss or Hoss Deluxe?
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Old 11-01-06, 02:52 AM
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i think if you have been enjoying riding and think you like biking enough to take time out of your schedule to indulge in it, then maybe you should go 'all out' and splurge the 1000 dollars. i mean if you already know you like the sport, then buying a cheaper bike would be a decision you will end up regreting.

if you know you like to bike and would be doing it often or would atleast like to do it often, and also if you know what kind of bike would suit your needs, then go ahead and get a good bike man. 1000-1200 dollars would get you a quality hardtail with a decent fork, brakeset and drivetrain.
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Old 11-01-06, 05:38 AM
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Originally Posted by ankush
i think if you have been enjoying riding and think you like biking enough to take time out of your schedule to indulge in it, then maybe you should go 'all out' and splurge the 1000 dollars.
I couldn't agree more! Sounds like you like riding, $1000 will get you something to ride for about the next five years without having to upgrade. You won't be sorry!
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Old 11-01-06, 10:43 AM
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I would just as soon spend more money on a bike, but I am broke right now and just started a job. I'll be able to save about $200-$250 (luckily) each pay period. I'm lookin at the Hardrock Comp Disc, that bike looks pretty nice indeed. The thing is, I'm not sure if my current bike will hold up much longer. I just did 14 miles today, and it is seriously breaking. In 7th gear it slips for some reason, and the rear axle is still bent. One option is up in phoenix I found a Comp Disc for $500, comes with an extra wheel and tire, 2 helmets, and all kinds for gear for $500. If the guy still has it, I'm gonna jump on that.
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Old 11-01-06, 10:58 AM
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good for you....I am glad that you are enjoying biking....

I would go with Kona Hoss or Hoss Delux...you can find the 2006 modesl for great end of season sale price right now. Contact your local Kona dealers.

My second pic would be a well equipped Specialized Rockhopper.

The reasons I vote for Kona Hoss are (keep in mind that fit is the first and most important determinant):

1. Materias and frame design: Kona uses a 7000 series aluminum which stronger than 6000 series (though a bit heavier). kona frame geometry is great for almost all kinds of riding. you have to ride the bikes for understanding the difference.

2. Kona Hoss is designed for bigger riders. and I think it would be more adative to the needs of a bigger rider.

3. Kona frames are well known for durability. So, your $1000 (or less, if you get it on sale) would go a long way, cause I think you will be able to use the frame for at least next 5 years.

Rockhopper is another great bike for general usage. I dont like the Hardrock, its very clumpsy.

The third option you may want to consider is an Iron Horse. They are a small company, but they offer one of the great values in the market.

Warning: at $1000 price point, I would stay away from dual suspension bike. you would get a lot of bike for that money if you go with a hardtail or front suspension bike.

good luck
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Old 11-01-06, 11:45 AM
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I am currently not interested a Full Suspension bike. I'm sure that a hardtail will serve my purposes just fine. I will look into those bikes. What do you think about this?
http://wheelworld.com/itemdetails.cf...gId=39&id=3830
Get this kit, then get a Marzocchi '06 Z1 Sport fork, and sell the Manitou. Then all I'd need is a decent frame and I'd be set.
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Old 11-01-06, 06:44 PM
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Welcome aboard Man !!!

Everyone seems to be bashing me lately,
but I'm still strong as ever...

I'd suggest that you get whatever bike YOU
want vs. what everyone else wants you to buy...

You're pretty big, but don't let that hold you back.
My best friend's uncle is AWESOME on his bike, and
he weighs about what you do. His damn calves are f*ing
HUGE... He can out-climb me any day of the week...

Good Luck !!!
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Old 11-01-06, 07:57 PM
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I would go Caldera or Hoss as well. But I'm biased. I just bought a Kona Caldera for ~$700. I'm 5' 10" 145lbs. It's a sturdy bike with everything I wanted, and nothing I didn't want.
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Old 11-02-06, 07:17 AM
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I'm going to make the suggestion I always make. Go to your LBS, look at bikes in your price range. Test them all. Make sure you get a bike that feels comfortable. This way, you know you'll use it. Don't settle on just one option because it is convenient. Plus, with 2007s on the way in, you may be able to score a deal on a 2006. This might allow you to get more bike for your money. If you buy a bike now without doing the research, you may find yourself outgrowing it next year and looking for a new one. Never worry about buying "too much" bike. If you like the sport, you'll grow into it.
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Old 11-02-06, 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by junkyard
I'm going to make the suggestion I always make. Go to your LBS, look at bikes in your price range. Test them all. Make sure you get a bike that feels comfortable. This way, you know you'll use it. Don't settle on just one option because it is convenient. Plus, with 2007s on the way in, you may be able to score a deal on a 2006. This might allow you to get more bike for your money. If you buy a bike now without doing the research, you may find yourself outgrowing it next year and looking for a new one. Never worry about buying "too much" bike. If you like the sport, you'll grow into it.
I'll agree here. I'd try to save just a little more, and test some bikes. I was looking at the Cannondale Prophets at my LBS, but I didn't like the price($1900). I was very fortunate to run into an old friend who just happened to run MTB racing (which I didn't know) who let me borrow is (older) C-dale Jekyll. This bike was a blast for what we did(20-25 mph bombed down bumpy, large rocked trails full of roots!) without a hitch! So, I did my homework and with a little patience I scored this for $600!
I have shock lockouts for it feels almost like a HT! Good luck

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I scored this for $600!
Wow ... that is a great deal!! Very nice!
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Originally Posted by JimmyDean012
I am currently not interested a Full Suspension bike. I'm sure that a hardtail will serve my purposes just fine. I will look into those bikes. What do you think about this?
http://wheelworld.com/itemdetails.cf...gId=39&id=3830
Get this kit, then get a Marzocchi '06 Z1 Sport fork, and sell the Manitou. Then all I'd need is a decent frame and I'd be set.

I think this is a great option, specially if you know how to put it together. with this sale price, you will get a lot more value for your money. I like getting my parts and putting it together. But, it often cost me more than a ready made bike. I wish I saw this kit deal when I was looking for a bike.

If I were you I would definitely get the kit and get a quality used frame from ebay (be aware of the sellers with bad feedback, you dont want a crashed frame). You can also find some good frame on end of the season sale in through some of the web sites.

You can even get a Kona Hoss frame through Kona website for around $300, with the parts and everything it will still cost you less than $1000.....

if you decide to get the Hoss frame, try riding a hoss from your friends, or at a local Kona dealer to be sure about your sizing.

this forum is great for information. but I think the one area we are lacking is specific notes on important question of fitting. Everybody will tell you to go to a bike shop and test ride the bikes, and get the one that fits you the most. But, how/when do I know if a bike fits me the best. I understand the standover and bla bla bla....but with the compact frame desing the stanover has become a less of an important issue anymore.

good luck....I think you are on the right track.....other people have given you some great suggestions....just be careful about the suggestions that reads "go buy a hardrock, coz it rocks" and in the fine print, it reads "I own one"....

thanks.
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Old 11-02-06, 11:20 AM
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I have been thinking about going with an IBEX. I have read a lot of favorable reviews and understand their customer support is awesome. Wouldn't hurt to check them out.

http://www.ibexbikes.com/index.html
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Old 11-02-06, 11:57 AM
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I just bought a Kona Kula Deluxe from a shop here in Phoenix for $1,000 brand new. They do have one more to unload if you want to drive up here only about 45 minutes. It's a 21' frame which might be a little on the smaller size, but should fit you just fine.

Closeout specials rock! And I effing love this bike.

http://www.konaworld.com/shopping_ca...9&parentid=253
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It sounds like you're bouncing around on rocks and sand where you're at. It's obvious that you cannot afford a quality full suspension bike (I cannot either). An alternative is a 29er hardtail with a suspension seatpost. The folks at Surly make frames that are optimized for strength rather than weight. Their legendary offering is the Karate Monkey 29er.

Here's a budget build:

$430 Karate Monkey 22" w/rig. fork
$120 Deore/Rhynolite wheels, 36H
$85 Shimano LX Cranks
$95 X.7 Shifter/Rear Derailleur
$50 2 Exiwolf wire bead tires
$12 Tubes
$110 Avid BB5 brakes, front/back
$20 Avid FR5 levers
$50 SPD Pedals
$30 Saddle
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$1002

You can use the bars and stem from your old bike ;-) Did I miss anything besides the front derailleur (intentionally ommitted).

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