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Old 05-01-07, 10:09 PM
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Help me decide on a bike Fast!

Well Ive been searching and reading for the past month and Im still not sure on what bike would be good for me. Im 5'11, 170lbs and Ive been riding my diamondbach hardtail for the last 12 years and its time for a new bike. I guess I ride a mix of XC/AM, basically lots of hills, with lots of roots, rocks, and rough terain with a few small drops. My price range is around $500-$600 and Ive got a few bikes in mind. The only problem is were I live, no bike stores have the bikes I want in stock so I cant test ride them. Ive been changing my mind constantly and its driving me crazy. Anyway as of now I like the GF Piranha http://fisherbikes.com/bikes/bike_de...s&bike=Piranha
This is what one LBS recomended for me and from what Ive read, it seems like a decent bike. My question is would this bike hold up ok for my type of riding? Ive read the fork is not great which I can upgrade later but other than that what do you all think?
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Old 05-01-07, 10:51 PM
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looks good to me Mr. I understand about the over-shopping phenomenon,it'll get ta ya. If that's local,I'd consider it.I'm NO moutain biker,you can give better advice to yourself than most could,you've been riding that bike for 12 years,I'm impressed.I'd guess that your Diamond back is steel,maybe that's why it's held-up.If it's aluminum,my point is a non-point.Steel are few and far between,I see some 853 steels that cost
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Old 05-02-07, 06:10 AM
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Originally Posted by daniel240
Well Ive been searching and reading for the past month and Im still not sure on what bike would be good for me. Im 5'11, 170lbs and Ive been riding my diamondbach hardtail for the last 12 years and its time for a new bike. I guess I ride a mix of XC/AM, basically lots of hills, with lots of roots, rocks, and rough terain with a few small drops. My price range is around $500-$600 and Ive got a few bikes in mind. The only problem is were I live, no bike stores have the bikes I want in stock so I cant test ride them. Ive been changing my mind constantly and its driving me crazy. Anyway as of now I like the GF Piranha http://fisherbikes.com/bikes/bike_de...s&bike=Piranha
This is what one LBS recomended for me and from what Ive read, it seems like a decent bike. My question is would this bike hold up ok for my type of riding? Ive read the fork is not great which I can upgrade later but other than that what do you all think?

For me, considering you already rode for 12 years you are obviously into this. I just bought a new bike after 10 years of reliable service from the old steed. I went big becuase my last bike I spent $850 on and it had the geometry I needed and strong parts for tearing it up all these years. End result? No messing with derailleurs, no breaking parts, and miles of happy riding. And I never had to buy any extra parts.

This time I got what I wanted and then some. An XC FS with an XT rear and a sweet Reba up front. Now I dont have to buy ANYTHING. In 10 years I will have spent an average $110 a year for a new bike.

You meanwhile will be riding with the idea that "the shock isnt that good" or whatever. You will spend $300 later on a good shock, then $50 here on a deraillur, and $100 crank and it still won't be as good as the bike I just bought today. And guess what 650+300+50+100=$1100 the exact price I just paid for my bike I get to enjoy NOW!

Im flat broke (I have no money in any bank account, I cashed in my change bucket last month), I live on my own, I don't have a real job, and I put the bike on a credit card, becuase life is too short, Im not getting any younger, and the time for compromise is OVER.
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Old 05-02-07, 06:42 AM
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yeah, echoing rockadile, either save your money and get that 1k rig next year or pony it up now
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Old 05-02-07, 11:04 AM
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What fs comes with a reba for $1100???
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Old 05-02-07, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by daniel240
what do you all think?
http://www.marinbikes.com/bicycles_2...k_hill_se.html

http://www.marinbikes.com/bicycles_2...cat_trail.html
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Old 05-02-07, 03:49 PM
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I know I would love to have a nice FS bike but I simply cannot afford it. Im graduating college this week, I just bought a new truck, I pay rent and insurance and work part time and I barely can do that. The $500-$600 im planning on getting for graduation. I know I could wait to save up but I need a bike now, my bike needs new everything. Its a diamondback topanga cro-molly frame and Ive never replaced anything on it other than shocks, rims and tires. Its been a good bike but I dont think it will last another ride. The other reason Im leaning towards the GF is because its from a LBS that said they could order it in 2 days and I could ride it and if I didnt like it he would help me find the right bike. Hopefully in a year or two I will have had a job and make some money and I will be able to get a nice FS but for now a hardtail will have to do. BTW the LBS quoted me $525 for the GF.
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Old 05-02-07, 07:28 PM
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ok- so the bike is $525+ tax. check out Craigslist. seriously, i bought an '05 Stumpjumper with Fox Fork, Disc brakes, and XT for $600. i was able to fully inspect the bike and ride it around. it is the best $600 i have ever spent. if you aren't willing to buy used, i say wait until you have a little more money. also, check out rei outlet- they have a Marin eldridge grade (columbus steel) for $750 right now.
Good Luck!
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Old 05-03-07, 04:36 PM
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Well Ive narrowed it down to three bikes. The GF Piranha for $525 plus I get to ride it first, http://fisherbikes.com/bikes/bike_de...s&bike=Piranha , IH Yakuza Bakuto (little unsure on this one, but Im thinking its more FR than I need?) for $600 http://www.rscycle.com/s.nl/it.A/id....1&category=108, and IH Warrior Expert for $500 http://www.rscycle.com/s.nl/it.A/id....1&category=108
I know the IH has better components but the advantage with the GF is that I get to ride it first. Basically I need to decide, GF or IH? and if IH which of the two?
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