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Old 04-13-10, 10:11 AM
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Best xc or mountain bike for under $1500?

Hello,

I am in the market for a new bike and was hoping to get some advice from some experienced bikers! I have an old bike which I have been using for everything (from road to trails) but I find it very heavy and very uncomfortable. I am a female, and comfort is actually the number one reason I want a new bike, something with some shock absorption would be very nice! I also want something a little lighter and that is good primarily for rough trails and bumpy roads. I'm not even sure if I should be looking for an xc or a full mountain bike? If anyone can point me in the right direction I would really appreciate it! I am 5'9" if that makes any difference in the suggestions...

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Old 04-13-10, 09:19 PM
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There are a ton of choices in that Price range. $1500 is right about where you can get a well-equipped full suspension bike. If comfort is your concern full suspension is the way to go.
It all kind of depends on what your local shop carries but two bikes that spring to mind are the Specialized Myka FSR and the Trek Fuel EX5 WSD. Both are around $1500 and both are great bikes

Components and quality will be mostly the same in all bikes at a given price range so it comes down to what frame feels best to you. You just need to hit up your local shop and test ride some bikes! Just tell them exactly how you plan on using your bike and they will probably steer you in the right direction.

I wish I were in your shoes, happy shopping!
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Originally Posted by Rusty904 View Post
There are a ton of choices in that Price range. $1500 is right about where you can get a well-equipped full suspension bike. If comfort is your concern full suspension is the way to go.
It all kind of depends on what your local shop carries but two bikes that spring to mind are the Specialized Myka FSR and the Trek Fuel EX5 WSD. Both are around $1500 and both are great bikes

Components and quality will be mostly the same in all bikes at a given price range so it comes down to what frame feels best to you. You just need to hit up your local shop and test ride some bikes! Just tell them exactly how you plan on using your bike and they will probably steer you in the right direction.

I wish I were in your shoes, happy shopping!
Thanks for your reply. I have heard from other people that Specialized is a good bike, I will look into the other one you suggested too! Other than full suspension is there anything I should look into to make sure it is a comfortable ride?
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Thanks for your reply. I have heard from other people that Specialized is a good bike, I will look into the other one you suggested too! Other than full suspension is there anything I should look into to make sure it is a comfortable ride?
The saddle, tires and handlebars, and the adjustments thereto, are key to a comfortable ride. For someone in your shoes, I highly recommend going to a LBS, describe what you want, have them show you several bikes, and be fitted to it. As I have gotten older, less aerodynamic and am no longer into racing (road or MTB), I find a wider, cushier saddle and a more upright riding position are important for comfort.
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Old 04-14-10, 09:20 PM
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First I'm going to give you the same advice I give every woman who comes in here asking for mountain bike suggestions. Do not limit yourself to women specific bikes. I ride a women's Specialized Ruby road bike, and it fits me great. So the women's Specialized Safire mountain bike should be a good fit, right? Wrong...the geometry was all wrong for me and it fit terribly. All three of my mountain bikes are normal unisex bikes. And especially since you're 5'9...unless your legs are really long compared to your torso (standard women's bike geometry), you really might have better luck with unisex/men's bikes.

Now the next thing you have to decide is whether you want to go hardtail for full-suspension. $1500 will buy you a nice hardtail that will be more than likely handle rough trails just fine (and will be perfectly fine for bumpy roads). Depending on how rough the trail really is and how important weight is to you, a $1500 XC hardtail will definitely be light and fast, while a $1500 AM hardtail will be slacker, burlier, and more playful. On the other side of the spectrum, $1500 can get you in the door for a nice entry level FS. Most of the major bike companies will make an FS that meets that price point (Specialized FSRxc/Myka FSR, Giant Trance X4, Trek Fuel EX5, Kona Dawg, Jamis Dakar XC Comp, etc). They'll be heavier and have a lower component spec than a similarly priced hardtail, but they make up for the weight penalty in control on technical trails.

As far as comfort goes, fit is key. Go out and test ride as many bikes as possible, because one of them is going to have geometry that fits you better than the others. It'll feel better, it'll ride better, and you're going to fall in love with it. That's your bike. From there, the bike shop will help you make minor adjustments...change the saddle height and fore/aft position, swap the stem if necessary, change the handlebar height, etc. All that stuff will help with comfort too. Then if the saddle really sucks, pick up a new saddle.
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