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First time bike buyer

Old 07-04-07, 12:39 PM
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First time bike buyer

I am looking to buy a new bike. Although it is not my first ever bike (I have had a bike my whole life, from the $100 k-mart special that I bought when I was 9 to my current bike which is a freestyle/street 16 inch), this is the first time I am buying a bike with the pure intentions of having an off-road bike for pushing the limits. I do not want to spend a great deal of money on this bike; experience tells me to buy something and then learn more about the sport before gearing up too greatly, cost-wise. Therefore, I am looking for a bike in the price range of $500-700 that can handle a little beating. I have been looking at shops around here and have found Giant, Trek, Norco, Haro, Raleigh, Schwinn, GT, Gary Fisher, Specialized, and Cannondale. For the price, I liked the Giant xt2 and a Raleigh of similar components for 220 dollars less, I'm not sure the model. The Giant was a hardtail with rock shox in the front fork, aluminum alloy frame, and disc brakes for $670. The raleigh was also a hardtail, had lockouts for the shocks, as well as pressure settings on the shocks, aluminum alloy frame, and disc brakes for $550. I was told that Raleigh is not the greatest brand anymore, because of the merge with Diamondback. Unsure of the truth in that. I just want a bike that will stand a little bruising and last me a year or more. Please let me know what your opinions are.
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go with what you like...that's quite the choice of good and better bikes you're looking at, each very different so it's tough to pick what'll work best for you

BTW...Raleigh is an opening price point type bike that's suffered over the years. They got left behind when MTB's caught on, but are slowly offering models that compete well with some of the better brands. They didn't merge with Diamondback, but bought them...saving a failing brand...Diamondback bikes are much better recently, because of this move
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