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Old 03-26-07, 07:11 AM
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First Mountain Bike

Hey BF,

What bike would ya'll recomend for a first time mountain biker that has a great deal of intrest in the sport? I know I probably want to get a hardtail with a fork that has 3-4" of travel. I'm going to be doing mostly XC but I'll proabably also dable in freeriding. But other than that I'm clueless. I'm going to try to keep it under $400 because I'll most likely either pay for it myself or have to wait (wow it's only 2.5 months) till my birthday. Help?


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Old 03-26-07, 07:25 AM
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I'm going to suggest reading this: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=67259

By the way, that's a pretty fancy signature for a first time mountain biker.
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Old 03-26-07, 07:39 AM
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Originally Posted by junkyard
I'm going to suggest reading this: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=67259

By the way, that's a pretty fancy signature for a first time mountain biker.
I already read that.

Thanks, I made it. I don't really like that one though so I'm going to make a new one soon.
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Old 03-26-07, 07:59 AM
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In that case, let's discuss price range.
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Do you have a budget in mind? I just picked up a Felt Q720 as a first "real" mountain bike. i have a rigid Raleigh and a rigid Trek before but this was the first bike with suspension, disc brakes, etc. I've only gotten to take it off road once yet but I'm really liking it so far.

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•even with sales tax, new helmet, and gloves it was under $1,000 at the LBS
•Hayes Sole hydraulic disc brakes
•Shimano Deore XT rear derailleur
•RockShox Dart2 fork
•eyeleted rims
•6061 aluminium frame
•Truvativ ISO-Flow Crank


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welcome Pwn. Listen to junkyard, he is very helpful, specially when he/she is in a good mood. Ryan also mentioned some good points. If you be patient and give the forum enough information to work with, you are more likely to get good help.....good luck...and keep the questions coming.
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Originally Posted by sherpaPeak
Listen to junkyard, he is very helpful, specially when he/she is in a good mood.
"He", thank you very much. And you've foiled my plan of suckering Pwn in and unleashing a barrage of insults.

As far as bikes, for cross country (also known as XC -- see recent thread titled "what is XC?"), the following companies provide some decent offerings in a variety of price points:

Cannondale
Kona
Specialized
Trek
Giant
Gary Fisher

Don't limit your search here. Find out what the local shops carry. Test ride, test ride, test ride.
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Thanks for the help so far guys. I forgot to tell ya'll my price range. I'm going to try to keep it under $400 because I'll most likely either pay for it myself or have to wait (wow it's only 2.5 months) till my birthday.

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Originally Posted by junkyard
"He", thank you very much. And you've foiled my plan of suckering Pwn in and unleashing a barrage of insults.

As far as bikes, for cross country (also known as XC -- see recent thread titled "what is XC?"), the following companies provide some decent offerings in a variety of price points:

Cannondale
Kona
Specialized
Trek
Giant
Gary Fisher

Don't limit your search here. Find out what the local shops carry. Test ride, test ride, test ride.
From what I understand from some outstanding forum members, some of these brands........well they suck.
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Mind telling me exactly which ones they are?
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mtnbiker66 is just bringing up an inside joke around here.. at that price range, all of the bikes by those manufacturers are pretty similar, youll want to test a few out to see which suits you best
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Originally Posted by mtnbiker66
From what I understand from some outstanding forum members, some of these brands........well they suck.
Yes. Kona especially.
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