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Old 10-16-09, 10:34 PM
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After two months of lurking this is what I get?

For starters the only reason for this post is to help someone in my position get through a entry level mountain bike buying experience without another "best bike for $600" post or "help me decide" post or "newbie needing some advice" post etc. Everything stated most of the time here is true. You get what you pay for. Stay away from department store bikes. Ebay and Craigslist are good if you can work on a bike and it's the right size. Get what you can afford... watch over kill. Support your local bike shop if they are nice and show you respect reguardless of your riding level. What all of that begin said... I got a 2009 Gary Fisher Marlin Disk for $650 out the door. After doing a lot of research and riding every Trek, Specialized, Scott in this price range this is what worked for me. Minus the Dart 2 fork, it's a lot of bike for the money. Yes there are better bikes, but free tune ups for life and a great lbs is a good thing. At 40 with 3 kids and just getting into the sport do your research. Test ride the bikes you can afford. Full Suspension is a bike over $1000 or more. And go find a 2009 GF Marlin Disk...for $650 with tax.

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Old 10-17-09, 12:02 AM
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Congrats on the new GF, where is the picture?
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Old 10-17-09, 07:48 AM
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Old 10-17-09, 07:58 AM
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looks great! go put it in post your rigs!
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Old 10-17-09, 08:09 AM
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Old 10-17-09, 08:15 AM
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That Ed has mad internet skillz.

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Old 10-17-09, 08:25 AM
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That Ed has mad internet skillz.

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I just know how lazy everyone around here is...they hate to do that "1 extra click". When I was a "cop", I would slip them into the OP's intro post...now that I'm a regular thug...I have limits.
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That's really not my style...

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I'd always get my pants caught on the seat if I wore them like that.
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On a side note...I have owned two Specialized bikes and a Cannondale. Found a 09 Rockhopper Comp Disk for $729. I'm sure it can be had for less, but it was a shop next to my house and I was test riding. I like the way the Deore shifted because it was familar to me, I would have to adjust to the Sram. So all of the Specialized responses on this forum are valid, but this bike was better than the RH or F7 in my opinion. Cannondale frame was not made in USA anymore...shame.
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Old 10-18-09, 05:59 PM
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I rode a couple GF, and the frame just didn't feel right. I ended up getting a Trek, which is owned by same people, but for some reason the GF frame felt to small, didn't feel like I was getting good extension with my legs unless I put the seat in the sky. Going up to the next size would of been too big for my height challenged self. Bummer too, b/c I really like the looks of the GF marlin in black.
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Congrats! I like it!
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Hey look! Ed got a bike just like the OP!!!
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I'm looking for a FS bike myself. Once you know what size to get. I'd keep my eye on Ebay. They've got some nice bikes on there. I'm sure you might get more for your budget. It might not be brand new. But you'll get a nice bike with top of the line components. And that's what matters.
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