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Old 07-28-07, 05:03 PM
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Another what bike thread

Hi,

I've recently moved into a remote area of Southern California with AMAZING mountain biking and a trail starting literally at my door!

Although I've traditionally been an on road cyclist who commutes and tours to stay in shape, that really isn't an option out here. So I'm determined to do mountain biking to stay in shape.

5' 9" with a 32" stand over height.

I ride 5 days a week (every week day during a lunch break from my home office).

I generally ride very hard on my bikes (I used to put in over a 100 miles a week on my road bike and have ridden coast to coast on a touring bike).


Requirements:

I want a bike with dual suspenstion.

I want a bike with 26" wheels.

I'm ok with disc brakes, but I don't really see the point out here in the desert (it never rains here).

I'd prefer a threadless headset (simply so I don't have a totally outdated bike in 5 years).

I'd don't care how many gears it has (at least 10 with a fairly wide range though).

I'm willing to buy used but I'd need some help finding the right one.

Buying from a bike shop isn't really an option (I'm fairly remote and the nearest decent bike shop it about 50 minutes away).






Heres the kicker, I want to spend less than $500 including shipping.

I'm ok with the bike only lasting a few years before it dies (i'll buy a really nice one if I decide I really like mountain biking).

I'm considering a bikesdirect.com bike.

Help!

thanks!
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Old 07-28-07, 05:13 PM
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is this a good deal/ bike as well:

https://www.amazon.com/Iron-Horse-Chi...5664111&sr=1-2
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Old 07-28-07, 05:46 PM
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If you can handle a 19" get this:

https://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...r+Bike+05.aspx


Nothing wrong with bikesdirect.com either. I would scrape up another $2-300 bucks because you'll get a much better bike. Good luck picking the right size.
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Old 07-28-07, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by probable556 View Post
If you can handle a 19" get this:

https://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...r+Bike+05.aspx


Nothing wrong with bikesdirect.com either. I would scrape up another $2-300 bucks because you'll get a much better bike. Good luck picking the right size.
I was just going to recommend that one from a recent thread. (though I'd prefer a decent hardtail due to the efficiency)
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Old 07-29-07, 07:00 AM
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If your wanting to go Fully, you dont want to spend under $1000, they just arnt worth it. I think you should refer to the MTB forum FAQ at the top of this forum...they provide very detailed answers to most questions people would have about getting a mountain bike.
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Old 07-29-07, 07:01 AM
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Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
I was just going to recommend that one from a recent thread. (though I'd prefer a decent hardtail due to the efficiency)
Yep. So would I.
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Old 07-29-07, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by probable556 View Post
If you can handle a 19" get this:

https://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...r+Bike+05.aspx


Nothing wrong with bikesdirect.com either. I would scrape up another $2-300 bucks because you'll get a much better bike. Good luck picking the right size.

Didnt see that before I posted...that looks totally decent for the price.
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Old 07-29-07, 08:10 AM
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That Jamis seems like a great deal. If it was between the Jamis and this bike, (https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._ghost6700.htm), which would you guys chose?
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Old 07-29-07, 08:18 AM
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The Jamis. Never touched a Windsor, but I would bet the Jamis frame is superior.
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Originally Posted by dang133 View Post
Buying from a bike shop isn't really an option (I'm fairly remote and the nearest decent bike shop it about 50 minutes away).
wow 50 minutes.. hey here is an idea just drive there.
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Old 07-29-07, 08:22 AM
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I could do that, but I don't really see the point considering I can usually get more bike for my buck online.
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wow 50 minutes.. hey here is an idea just drive there.
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Old 07-29-07, 09:17 AM
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Anyone willing to vote for the windsor?
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nope, go with the jamis. you won't regret it. that windsor is a piece compared to the jamis. Dakars are respected fullys.
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Big fat NO on the Windsor.

Never heard of it, looks like crap. Jamis Customer Service has been pretty dang nice for myself and other's I've read about.
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Originally Posted by MaxBrokeAway View Post
If your wanting to go Fully, you dont want to spend under $1000, they just arnt worth it. I think you should refer to the MTB forum FAQ at the top of this forum...they provide very detailed answers to most questions people would have about getting a mountain bike.
But can you pop a wheelie on it??
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Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
But can you pop a wheelie on it??
hahaha.
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Here are some 2006 IH bikes on sale at Randall Scott....www.rscycle.com
Lots of good choices and prices look great.
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Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
But can you pop a wheelie on it??

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