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Old 05-26-12, 02:20 PM
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Looking for a nice Hardtail....26 or 29?

I'd love to get into mountain biking and i'm shopping around for a bike. I have about $700 and am looking on CL for a decent 29er with disc brakes and a lockout front suspension.

I plan to mostly ride XC with occasional trails. I don't see DH in my future so i'm avoiding the full suspension rides.

Is it worth it to hold out for a 29er or should i just go for a nicely upgraded 26?

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Old 05-26-12, 07:26 PM
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Old 05-26-12, 07:38 PM
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how tall are you? tall guys (6 feet and above) like the 29ers, more proportional. this is a general statement. if you are less than 6 feet, i would get a really really nice 26" bike. unless you really want a 29, then go for that.
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Old 05-26-12, 10:33 PM
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If I were you and you're not really tall, I'd just get the bike you can get a good deal on with better components. I'd MUCH rather ride a 26" with XTR,XX, etc than a 29" with Acera/X3, etc.
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Originally Posted by Epicus07 View Post
I'd love to get into mountain biking and i'm shopping around for a bike. I have about $700 and am looking on CL for a decent 29er with disc brakes and a lockout front suspension.

I plan to mostly ride XC with occasional trails. I don't see DH in my future so i'm avoiding the full suspension rides.

Is it worth it to hold out for a 29er or should i just go for a nicely upgraded 26?

Thanks
I'm not sure Id use 6 ft as a break point but I agree if you are a smaller, lighter rider you might prefer a 26er. There is a little weight penalty on a 29er, and even a 17" frame seems fairly big. If you have a $700 budget you might as well get your 26er or 29er from Bikes Direct.
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Old 05-26-12, 11:59 PM
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Supporting local bike shops or local people is pretty cool too...
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Old 05-27-12, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
Supporting local bike shops or local people is pretty cool too...
+1

That way you can see what your buying and you don't have to worry about assembly.
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I think i'm going to go the way of the devil and do BD.

The specs on this ride are pretty fantastic for $900
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...9_x7.htm#specs

If i decide i don't like the frame I could always transfer everything over to a Salsa Mariachi or something and still come out with a better spec for less money.

I'm looking at getting my girl a Kona Mahuna at my LBS.

I don't mind the assembly at all and the much better components for the same price is pretty appealing. A significantly better fork and component group seems more noticeable than a "nicer" aluminum hardtail frame.

Is that logic sound? or am I better off with a more reputable name like Kona and a lesser fork?

Thanks for the advice.

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Old 05-28-12, 07:30 AM
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I'd hold out for the Kona, but there will be a legion of those who swear by BD bikes. I'd say it's probably your preference.
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Old 05-28-12, 07:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Epicus07 View Post
I think i'm going to go the way of the devil and do BD.

The specs on this ride are pretty fantastic for $900
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...9_x7.htm#specs

If i decide i don't like the frame I could always transfer everything over to a Salsa Mariachi or something and still come out with a better spec for less money.

I'm looking at getting my girl a Kona Mahuna at my LBS.

I don't mind the assembly at all and the much better components for the same price is pretty appealing. A significantly better fork and component group seems more noticeable than a "nicer" aluminum hardtail frame.

Is that logic sound? or am I better off with a more reputable name like Kona and a lesser fork?

Thanks for the advice.

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If you're cool with not having any local support for the bike, I'd say go for it. That's a whole lot of bike for the money. I've never purchased a bike from BD, but I think they are a great value for certain people.

I poked around a little on BD and found this bike: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...antom29_x9.htm. It's a couple hundred more, but you get a lot more for that extra $200. The main difference for me would be the fork - the Reba comes with the motion control damper, which is much better than the Turnkey(TK) damper found on the Recon. The Reba will also be lighter(depends on the particular specs, which are not listed - Reba should be around 4lbs) and from the photos the Reba appears to have a thru-axle and the Recon does not(this makes a huge difference, especially when considering longer 29er forks). Both bikes would be great starters, but I see this one as a more upgrade proof bike.
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Old 05-28-12, 09:00 AM
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One of the biggest problems that I see with BD is that you don't have the opportunity to try the bike out beforehand. Every bike feels and rides a little bit differently, and the frame geometry is a big part of that. The best bike on paper might not be the best bike when you ride it (been there, done that, not online but thankfully with a bike that I tested out and immediately decided against, despite the specs and price being right).
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Old 05-29-12, 01:56 AM
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^ Another good point, even if you're not into the moral standards/societal support aspect of buying from a LBS vs. BD(or similar). There's a reason many people swear by certain brands. Different brands tend to go with different geometry theories. Sucks to be you if you spend hundreds/thousand+ on a BD bike and find out it doesn't work for you or your body geometry. And is the assembly, finding out the frame isn't for you, finding a frame you like, price of new frame, swapping everything over, and then dialing in the new frame worth more than buying a local bike and having shop support on top of it? If your BD frame cracks or your fork has a defect, good luck getting a manufacturers warranty on that. Maybe they would replace the frame, I don't know, but I have heard of problems with forks on BD bikes and people having a lot of trouble getting it warrantied. LBS tend to take care of such things pretty easily, though.
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I agree with that, if the testing is done on local trails and not just a quick lap, but a nice long ride(s). You can only really gain so much from the parking lot test ride - I've had several bikes that felt great for a short ride, but didn't work out over the long haul. I've had other bikes that felt awkward at first, but have really grown to love how they ride. When it comes down to it, you really have to put some miles in on different bikes to find out what suits you best. Whatever you end up with will be a good starting point, whether through the LBS or BD.
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I test rode a bike locally, read a lot of reviews and am trying to get one at a great price on Ebay. I'll update you guys if I win it. Not a BD bike and much nicer for the same price
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I'd hold out for the Kona, but there will be a legion of those who swear by BD bikes. I'd say it's probably your preference.
Yeah, pretty sure they get a cut of the sales.
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Old 06-01-12, 11:30 AM
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I'll probably look like a huge idiot poser.

I bought a nearly new 2011 Niner MCR - Rockshox Reba RL, Shimano SLX Drive/XT rear, Avid Elixer 3, Thomson Elite seatpost and DT Swiss wheels.
I was looking at 29ers in the $900-$1200 range and figured it would be worth an extra $200 to have a really nice ride.
Can't wait to hit the trails.

Thanks for your help guys!
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Old 06-02-12, 07:10 AM
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Good choice. I have a MCR and it's a great frame.
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Niner MCR and set up well, you got the best of both worlds. Used pricing and modern technology. Patience worked well for you.
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