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Old 02-07-08, 01:10 PM
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New mountain bike suggestions! Help!

Hello,

I'm totally new to biking. I don't know much of the lingo, but I do know I want a Kona bike. I plan on riding up in some mountain trails of Bend, Oregon. My budget is about $1000. That's what you get for being lower class. But I won't let that stop me from having fun.

I was hoping you guys could suggest a bike for me base on my budget and my needs.

- I prefer lightweight
- I don't think I'm going to be doing much jumps, this is just a relaxing ride for me
- city riding too, in addition to the mountain trails
- mountain trails will be uphill/downhill
- possibility of adding on a trailer (?) for my soon to be 5-year old son

So far, I was thinking about getting the Caldera (top of the line hardtail), but I've heard the ones with the rear suspension are nice on the back (my back isn't too great, but I will be going slow anyway) but they are heavier going uphill, etc.

What do you think? I prefer top of the line parts, so the Four seems out of the question, but I'm the noob... suggestions?

Also, how do I know what size bike to get? What is the criteria for that?

thanks everyone!
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Old 02-07-08, 01:28 PM
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a) Why are you limiting yourself to Kona?
b) If you are looking for lightweight and new, I'd stick with a hardtail at your pricepoint.
c) Sizing is best done in person at an LBS with the bike you are interested in available for test riding.
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Don't get hung up on a particular brand. At $1000 you're looking at a very nice hard tail from any number of manufacturers including Kona, Trek, Specialized, Gary Fisher, etc. They will all be very well spec'ed.

The key is to visit as many of your local bike shops to get fitted on the bike. You'll be told what size bike fits you but you'll find that one will feel better than the others. The bike shop will help you find that bike.

As for a full suspension, at $1000 you are not going to find anything that will even come close to the level of specs that a similarly priced hard tail will get you.
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a) Why are you limiting yourself to Kona?
b) If you are looking for lightweight and new, I'd stick with a hardtail at your pricepoint.
c) Sizing is best done in person at an LBS with the bike you are interested in available for test riding.


To answer some of your questions:

a) After visiting several LBS I found that Kona had a nice look. I have yet to ride the brands, because it is winter here.
b) hardtail is the way to go, eh? What about the Four from Kona? It has suspension believe, however it is the low-end model, unlike the Caldera which is the high end.
c)gotcha...
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if you want a lightweight bike and 1000 is your price range, i would go for the hardtail. good luck getting the bike that you want!
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Originally Posted by Leitmotiv View Post
a) Why are you limiting yourself to Kona?
b) If you are looking for lightweight and new, I'd stick with a hardtail at your pricepoint.
c) Sizing is best done in person at an LBS with the bike you are interested in available for test riding.


To answer some of your questions:

a) After visiting several LBS I found that Kona had a nice look. I have yet to ride the brands, because it is winter here.
b) hardtail is the way to go, eh? What about the Four from Kona? It has suspension believe, however it is the low-end model, unlike the Caldera which is the high end.
c)gotcha...
look doesn't equate to performance.
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look doesn't equate to performance.
Looks and branding still plays a factor though for many people when deciding on a bike. Performance doesn't matter as much for beginners, especially since most bikes in a price range will have very similar parts and build quality.
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Looks and branding still plays a factor though for many people when deciding on a bike. Performance doesn't matter as much for beginners, especially since most bikes in a price range will have very similar parts and build quality.
Performance is not an issue but fit and feel are. A beginner should really be sure to get a bike he feels comfortable on.
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look doesn't equate to performance.
My looks imply performance. And, man, do I. No complaints thus far.
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What Santiago said.
BTW, $1000. bike is not "lower class"...more like upper class for hardtail. I've seen young guys on frikking $250. Sports Authority no name bikes make some of the wanna be pros look amateur. Hardtail will make you a better rider as you learn how to handle all kinds of trails. It's not so much the bike as it is the engine as someone correctly stated above. Good luck.
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