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Old 04-30-07, 04:52 PM
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What type of bike (full or hardtail) do most need in San Jose CA area?

Anyone from San Jose Ca around here? What kind of trails are around here, do they mostly require full suspension or hardtail?

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Old 04-30-07, 06:22 PM
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sup neighbor-o!

plenty of trails around here. you'll find most of them here http://www.openspace.org/

you will get by easily with a hardtail, but i'm not saying that people don't ride fs on them.
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I'm from the area. Trails here range from tame fireroads (fine for hardtail) to technical singletrack (like Skeggs or Demo Forest) where most will ride full suspension. A good choice would be a 4" full suspension XC bike, you can tackle most everything with that.
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Old 04-30-07, 09:44 PM
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Good to hear from you guys. I am just starting out so I went back to the store to try some fs bikes. I have a limited budget for this bike (under $1000) and even slightly worried I won't ride much. I tried a GT i-drive 4.0 but the geometery is too strange for me. Also tried a very poorly set up Iron Warrior 4.5 fs that was having some weird problems as well (the set up of bikes at the Campbell's Performance Bicycle are very hit or miss). I'll try and get to Off-Ramp Bikes in Santa Clara to try a Giant Trance. I may not even like fs bikes compared to hardtails so it's good to hear the trails aren't all rock and roots.
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Old 05-02-07, 10:59 PM
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I'm not from the area, but if you're just starting out you should probably go with a hardtail. FS might be really nice, but from what I've seen you'll improve faster if you start on a hardtail. Your skill level should be the only thing limiting your trail choice....
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hmm, don't know how far it is from where you are, but some by me are: calabazas bikes, and evolution bikes... they're both small bike shops with very personal service, just make sure they're your type of guy. sometimes they can get annoying...heh
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Hardtail all the way in SJ area. In fact, for most areas, a decent ht is all you need. I have known many good ht riders (Auburn/Cool/Forresthill are of the Sierras) go to a fs bike and then go back to the hardtail. While the fs will give you a more "plush" ride, a well fitted ht feels quicker and more agile. Good luck, lots of choices and ride everything you can get your hands on. BTW, for all you fs riders, there is a 50 plus (not me) guy who rides an old school fixed fork Rockhopper where even the ultra uber full suspension riders have a tough time...so fun to see this guys agility and strength picking his way up/down some serious trails.
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I would go with a hardtail. The trails are relatively smooth in the area, and unless you really need the plush ride, I think you'll be fine. With your budget, the FS bike you'll be able to afford will also be pretty heavy compared to the hardtails you could buy. The front also takes most of the big hits on a rough downhill.
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