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What to look for in a climbing bike?

Old 08-22-09, 01:57 PM
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What to look for in a climbing bike?

I've finally decided I want an upgrade from my current mountain bike (a late 80s/early 90s Reflex somethingorother full rigid) to something nice and new (and better). The problem is I've never ridden anything but my current mountain bike so I don't really know what to look for in a new one.

I do mostly climbing not too rough trails with a mix of rocky/technical stuff, but also enjoy the ride down. I'd like to be on a bike that can do all this better than what I've got now, and for under or around 1000 bucks. Any advice on what to look for?

I went to a local shop this morning, but they told me to get a full suspension bike, and while I hate to ignore their advice, they seem way too heavy for real climbing, plus taking a test ride around the parking lot is absolutely nothing like the trails I ride.
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Old 08-22-09, 10:06 PM
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$1k can get you nice used FS bike. Nice enough to not be "way too heavy".

...but if you're happy with a hardtail, that same $1k will get you an even nicer used HT...
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