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Old 08-15-11, 04:11 AM
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Newbie getting first bike.. What's your your thoughts for best bike's under $1000

I'm sure this has been beaten into the ground but I used the search engine
and couldn't find this specific price range.. So thanks In Advance..

I have been exploring but it is such a confusing world out there..

I keep seeing in threads that it is all personal preference and it's all what fits me,
so I'm asking you experienced guy's, what I should check out.

I'm looking for a hardtail. Something that I can get fairly extreme with.

I am short about 5'5 or 5'6 and weigh 160.

I'm Planing on going out today/monday to go check bikes out.
So Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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Old 08-15-11, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by mattybass1 View Post
I'm looking for a hardtail. Something that I can get fairly extreme with.
You'll probably get plenty of specific recommendations, but here's what I would be looking for:

26" wheels will probably take more punishment than comparable quality 29".
If you plan on doing more than say 1' jumps/drops, get a minimum 120mm fork.
For $1K the drivetrain components should be at least Shimano Deore or better (or SRAM equivalent).
Hydraulic disc brakes or good mechs like Avid BB7s
Bike should be at or under 30 pounds.

Depending on what "fairly extreme" means, you may want to look specifically at FR and DH bikes, but for your weight/size there are probably plenty of XC bikes that would be fine.

Beyond that, it really does come down to fit and personal preference. The more bikes you can look at and test ride, the less chance of having any buyer's remorse later on.

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Old 08-15-11, 09:10 AM
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Go with a 29er in that price range....
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For me it is a Specialized Rockhopper 29 which will be my next purchase, for you it may be something different. Go ride a bunch of brands and see what feels good and fits the best. Then buy the one that feels the best in your budget range and is suitable for your type of riding.
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Old 08-15-11, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by scyclops View Post
You'll probably get plenty of specific recommendations, but here's what I would be looking for:

26" wheels will probably take more punishment than comparable quality 29".
If you plan on doing more than say 1' jumps/drops, get a minimum 120mm fork.
For $1K the drivetrain components should be at least Shimano Deore or better (or SRAM equivalent).
Hydraulic disc brakes or good mechs like Avid BB7s
Bike should be at or under 30 pounds.

Depending on what "fairly extreme" means, you may want to look specifically at FR and DH bikes, but for your weight/size there are probably plenty of XC bikes that would be fine.

Beyond that, it really does come down to fit and personal preference. The more bikes you can look at and test ride, the less chance of having any buyer's remorse later on.
The guy wants to get "fairly extreme." Might be tough to find a suitable bike for under $1000 that weighs sub-30, unless he buys a BMX bike. Also might be tough to find a true FR or DH bike for that price, or an XC bike that will take that kind of punishment. I also disagree that the OP needs 120mm or more...that will depend on the direction he wants to go. He goes AMHT or FRHT, then yeah, some of them have a good amount of travel (though there are a few that have 100mm). He goes DJ, then there will be less (or no) travel.

An AMHT or FRHT will be slacker and more suited for trail riding. Some will have longer travel, and they'll be geared. Here's a couple examples:
https://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...0+08+Bike.aspx
https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=64969
https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=58201 (this fork is kind of crap though)

A DJ will be steeper and great for pump tracks and urban. Many are singlespeed. Some are rigid, others have 80mm or 100mm travel. Some will have 24" wheels.
https://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Bike+2011.aspx
https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=48604
https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=58194
DMR and NS have little wheels (though the picture of the NS looks like 26" to me).
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That is entirely too many acronyms for a newbie to have any hope of understanding.

At only 160 pounds, stock 29er wheels will stand up to whatever he's going to dish out. 260 would be a different story.
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My bad. Starting at the beginning:
BMX = bicycle motocross
FR = freeride
DH = downhill
XC = cross-country
AMHT = all-mountain hardtail
FRHT = freeride hardtail
DJ = dirt jumper
DMR and NS = company names

29er wheels won't necessarily stand up to whatever he'll dish out, depending on just how "extreme" he decides to go. Sometimes "newbies" actually have a BMX background, and plan on thrashing the bike. Plus, a 29er will be less agile, and also depending on his definition of extreme, that may not be the way to go.
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Hey Guy's thanks for the advice..

And thanks for the Acronyms Breakdown.

I'm going to Trek and to Specialized Stores today..

My definition of getting a little extreme is Hopefully hitting some cool trail's/mtn's with the ability to maybe get minimal air..
As I get better..

Do you guys like the smaller brands? or the trek, specialized, giant.. Type stuff..

And is it more important to focus on the frame first or better components?

Seems like when comparing models there is always a compromise..

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Originally Posted by mattybass1 View Post
And is it more important to focus on the frame first or better components?

Seems like when comparing models there is always a compromise..
True, but at your price point it shouldn't be that much of a compromise. For $1K you should be getting pretty decent quality frame AND components. With the major brands focus on the components - that's usually where most of the difference is between base, "comp", "pro", etc versions of the same model.

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Old 08-15-11, 05:12 PM
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Trek Cobia...it is a Gary Fisher signature bike and is a great entry/intermediate bike. It is a 29er that is pretty decently spec'd for the price point. It gets great reviews from the bike mags. Riding buddy got one and loves it...
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Old 08-16-11, 10:09 AM
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I recently bough a Rockhopper for general single track use (not extreme.) I asked for similar advice, and heard some great suggestions and some not so great (ie 'whatever's got flowers' wasn't useful for a woman that hates the girly look.) The best thing I did was track down the local mountain biking group, and beg rides. I would meet up with whoever was willing (generaly on the beginner ride night) and do a single 2 mile loop on the type of single track I'm likely to find in this area. That quickly took my consideration list from half a dozen bikes to 3, and it helped me then single in to the Rockhopper. Then I had buyer's remorse, traded bikes for parts of rides, and found that it really was the right choice for what I could afford.
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If you want to go 29er, the Giant Talon 29er is a nice bike. I've never ridden them but Jamis seems to make a nice bike as well. Currently I keep ogling Santa Cruz bikes. I just rode with some guys that had Santa Cruz FS bikes and they ran like silk. You may want to see if there are any bike parks in your area that rent bikes or have a try out day. That way you can get a feel for whats out there.
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