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Old 11-16-08, 07:22 PM
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Please recommend me a bike!

I've read the majority of the FAQ thread. Now I just need to know what's available. I ride a Giant for my everyday commuter, and I know Trek makes ok mtbs, but I'm sure there are decent ones out there that only people in this community know about, so, tell me about them.

I want a bike to use half for winter commuting and half for singletrack. There are no logs, giant drops, or anything else intense on the trails I ride.

I ride a medium, 18", for my Giant commuter. I want front suspension, rapidfire/trigger shifters (Shimano), and preferably disc brakes. Although, v-brakes are fine. Oh, I'm male, 5'10.5 and weigh 240.

Can anybody recommend me a decent bike, $300-$450, that I would order from one of the lbs.

Thanks in advanced, and I'm sorry if I forgot anything.

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Old 11-16-08, 07:36 PM
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Anything in your price range from one of the major bike brands will be quite comparable, ie. Giant, Trek, Specialized, Kona, etc. Your next step, I recommend, is to visit the LBS's to get an idea of what they have available, AND- to get a feel for the shop and what they can do for you. I think that the choice of an LBS can be the deal maker or breaker. Sounds like you have some experience and knowledge to help you in your search, so use it. Come back here if you have narrowed down your choices.

Don't be concerned about the difficulty of making a decision/choice. When you get out and visit some bike shops and check out/ride some bikes, you'll know. Good luck.
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Old 11-16-08, 11:01 PM
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If you are comfortable with doing your own assembly/maintenance and ride a 17 or 19in bike, the Forge Sawback 5xx is really hard to be bang for the buck even though they hiked up the price recently.

And before you laugh at me for recommending a target bike look at the specs, you could easily pay 200 dollars more for a lesser bike. The frame on the Forge is the same as the older Giant ATX 7.

Some other links

Forge website

Huge thread on MTBR.com talking about the bikes

I have one and I really do think it is a great bike. I replaced the fork(wanted too) and the seat(broke the crap out of the one that came on it) but other than that it is stock.
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Thanks guys!

If anybody has any other suggestions, that would be great!
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Haro Flightline series of bikes, price is good, seems well built and they are spec'd pretty well. I just bought the sport model and it was spec'd with Suntour XCM fork with lockout (really wanted to lockout for riding the MUP with slicks), Shimano alivio RD (I have a Deore that's fixing to go on it though), and Tektro IO discs (not the best, but they are better than the v-brakes I've used on other bikes). I really like it and was able to get into it for much less than a comparable Trek, specialized, Gary Fisher, or any other quality bike that I could get locally. Best advice is to check out several LBS's and find one that you like and that provides good service, then ride some of their bikes and find one that you like in your price range. You def. don't want to buy a bike for a great price if the shop has terrible service, I feel a little extra $ money goes a long way when it comes to great service.
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