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Help choosing a hardtail please...

Old 04-08-09, 02:02 PM
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Help choosing a hardtail please...

Looking to get into the sport. Ive visited a few local bike shops, and found a few that i like. If anybody could point out some bikes, that would be great...

1) Your budget. How much do you have to spend on the bicycle (not including accessories such as helmet, gloves and other accessories).
833 is the bike i currently have my mind set on. Somewhere close to that, with less being a lot better than more.

2) What bikes, if any, are you already considering? (Please try to limit the selection to a handful if at all possible, and provide links to those bikes. Remember, we don't always know the exact specs of all the bikes out there!)
Currently in this order:
08 Kona Caldera $833
Specialized rock hopper comp. $749

3) What type of riding do you intend to do? (e.g. Cross Country, Freeride, Downhill, paved paths)
I want to ride everything...trails, roads, cross country, down hill possibly

4) Do you have a preference over a hardtail or full suspension?
hard tail bike.

5) Age, weight and height. (In many instances very important for a variety of reasons).
21, 195lbs, 6'1" Weight lift every day so my weight will be going up...

6) What sources will you consider buying from? (e.g. Your Local Bike Shop, online vendors, or used bike sources such as mtbr classifieds, craigslist, ebay and others)
Buying from a local bike shop. A lot of them carry: Giant, Kona, Specialized, Trek, GT. I may have missed a few brands.

7) Do you want people to offer you alternative suggestions to issues such as budget, bikes already considered, and sources?
Alternate brands, bikes, close budget, sources most likely a lbs. I have almost no experience with putting a bike together so that could be a problem.

I'm looking for something with disc brakes, not specific to hydraulic or mech. It doesn;'t have to be an 09 model, but must be new. I would like the less common brands. I hate having what everybody else has. Trek seems to be the most popular in my area.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
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Test ride all those major brands you mentioned and see if one satnds out over the others.

Also LBS attitude and service is a major factor in my decision making.

That said I just bought a new Kona Cinder Cone, same frame butu one level lower components and I love it.
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Theys, alot of bikes in the $800 range. I can tell you that the Rockhopper comp is a great bike, I have one. I bought an 08 this year, and found a nice deal. I'm no fan of the 09 mainly because of the sram componets, and dart 3 fork.

I'd test ride as many as possible, pic 3 that fit realy well. Then see how they stack up componet wise, and price of course. Look for a nice shock with a lock-out, and rebound adjustment. Quality shifters are the next thing I'de look at. The rest is a simple upgrade later on, or when something breaks. Personaly, I like shimano over SRAM...But sram make some decent high end parts.

If you don't know how to wrench a bike, you'll have to find a GOOD bike shop. Go over and talk to the mechanics. The sales guys somtimes don't know jack. I'de learn all I could about bikes before I spent my "bird" money.
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