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Old 05-14-07, 01:25 PM
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First full suspension.

So im looking to buy a full suspension bike, as id like to get into some things that i just cant do with my hardtail. I am a minor, so the price really has to stay under 900$.. 1 grand being the most i could really afford. I need a decent rear shock that will last, and it has to be adjustable, so i can lock it out. Preferably relatively light but, as long as its not like, 40 lbs i think ill live. Any advice?


P.S. im hesistant to buy online, so itd be cool if the options were purchaseable at stores. Thanks again.
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Old 05-14-07, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by JReilly
So im looking to buy a full suspension bike, as id like to get into some things that i just cant do with my hardtail. I am a minor, so the price really has to stay under 900$.. 1 grand being the most i could really afford. I need a decent rear shock that will last, and it has to be adjustable, so i can lock it out. Preferably relatively light but, as long as its not like, 40 lbs i think ill live. Any advice?


P.S. im hesistant to buy online, so itd be cool if the options were purchaseable at stores. Thanks again.
At $900 you will not ge a decent full suspension bike unless you buy it used. Expect to spend a minimum of $1500 for something half-way decent.
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You need to save up longer. 1K will get you a full suspension bike that does not meet your criteria.
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Old 05-14-07, 01:42 PM
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I'll also agree with the last 2 posters..
Save up or look for a nice used bike.
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Old 05-15-07, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by crash13
I'll also agree with the last 2 posters..
Save up or look for a nice used bike.

+3, however you can find a good(used) FS for that price, but it'll have to be online or in a yardsale.
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Old 05-15-07, 02:28 PM
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try your local craigslist.org - I found my full susser on the site - guy lived 3 blks from my house.
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Old 05-15-07, 04:16 PM
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Jenson USA has an 05 Jamis Dakar XLT 1.0, new, size 13 for a grand. They also sell the same bike in different sizes as a frame and build kit but you'll need to supply your own front fork and will have to assemble it. That should be damn close to your budget depending on your fork choice and assuming you assemble it yourself . It's not a super uber parts spec but it is better than what you could get at a bike shop in this price range. That being said I'd save up and get one from the area shop. Buying a bike online can be tricky if your not exactly sure what you want/need.
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Old 05-15-07, 06:54 PM
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Something like this sound good for 700? its gotten good reviews from what ive seen.

http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=22037
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http://www.konaworld.com/bikes/2k7/KIKAPU/index.html

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Old 05-15-07, 07:36 PM
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link leads to a wikipedia page detailing hypertext transfers ?
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Worked when I put it in. Go to Konaworld, and look at the base model 2007 kikapu.
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Maybe if you can get a Fuel EX5 on sale at your LBS.

http://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/bike...d=1161600&f=12
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KHS's bikes are under rated. You can get a decent full suspension one, with the horst link, for about $1k or under. LINKY
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I'll weigh in on the "buy used" side. [I'm a 50+er and did my time in Penury Hell as a young guy but those old habits endure.] Anyway, I found my year-old Kona King Kikapu FS on Craigslist at about $600 less than I was budgeted for, and eight months before my "buy new" plan. I'm happy as. . .well. . .a coyote in a hen-house!
 
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