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Old 06-04-07, 04:52 PM
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Is there any better bang-for-the-buck beginner bike than..

The Specialized Hardrock? I am looking into getting a entry level front suspension mtn bike. I've been looking and doing my research and I'm leaning towards the Hardrock because a lot of people suggest it. Is there any other alternatives?
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Old 06-04-07, 05:07 PM
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KHS Alite 1000, 2000, 3000 are pretty good deals.
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Originally Posted by nmt6789
. I've been looking and doing my research and I'm leaning towards the Hardrock because a lot of people suggest it. Is there any other alternatives?
All the research and looking don't mean a damn if the bike doesn't feel right. The bikes in this pricepoint are similarly spec'd solid entry level bikes that are intended to get people interested in the sport so that they can decide to
  1. Continue in the sport, upgrading to a more expensive bike later
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  2. Decide that they don't like the sport but find that they still aren't out that much money

Go to your LBS (Local Bike Shop) see what they have and test ride. Find two or three that you really like and feel good then come back for our opinions. (If you bombard us with 8 bazillion Bike A vs Bike B questions the quality of response WILL go down.)

The #1 thing is "Does the bike FEEL right?" components are a secondary concern (You really don't want ***** components but it's still not as important as feel.) It's my opinion that buying a bike is 80% FEEL and 20% everything else.
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Old 06-04-07, 07:56 PM
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Raiyn is right...I was a n00b and bought all of my components for my bike online one by one...only ever having rode a crappy target bike. I got extremely lucky that my bike ended up fitting me great(i liked the way the target bike felt...so when I was shopping for a frame I tried to find one with very close geometry to the target bike).

But while I was waiting for my parts to come in I wanted to just see what some of the other high end hardtail bikes felt like...most of them felt like CRAP to me...so i started to panic...but like I said...luckily my research in bike geometry paid off....had I just blindly bought a bike online...I could have made a pricey mistake...I would have hated mountain biking, for the wrong reasons(as if there is a "right" reason LOL).

If you buy a bike online...go to your LBS first and find a bike that fits you well...take notes of all the gemoetry specs...frame size, top bar length, steering tube spacers, stem length and angle, etc... and then try to find something similar...but as Raiyn said...its safer to just find one at the LBS that fits well and just buy that....Trust me..once you sit on a few at the LBS...you will know what I mean by some bikes fit like CRAP.
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trek, and gary fisher both offer low priced bikes....my Fisher only cost me something like $400. Good enough for me now right now. Gets me through all the trails I ride, havent had a problem yet. Seems like a pretty solid starter bike.
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