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Old 05-26-12, 05:41 PM
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What mountain Bike should i buy??

As my name implies, I know nothing about bicycles, however I love to ride them hard and fast. (lol) But in all seriousness, i don't know which one to buy. The last one i bought was a ccm torrent from Canadian tire 2 years ago. The rear derailer, (I think that what it's called) i guess got caught and the whole bent upward and was caught on the back gears. That happened within the month i bought the bike, and that happened one more time last year and I got aggravated because the bike was so new and I was have even more problems with it. Now what I want to spend is around 500$ but i need to know what bike can go though hell and back and be fine because the trails i go to are bumpy and I ride fast. I'm willing to spend more but what i want to know also is if i spend more money, lets say around 800$ do If get that much more of a bike? What i what is really something that will not break for 7 -8 years, and thanks for all of you help =D Are there any particular brands to stick with? Because every bike i've bought has always had problems with the gears. Thanks again.
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Old 05-26-12, 10:26 PM
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What happened that caused the derailer to get bent? If you wiped out and it caught a rock or something, or you caught it on a tree, no derailer is going to take your weight smashing it without getting damaged. Did your bike have a replaceable aluminum derailer hanger? If not, definitely get a bike that at least has that.

OK, also just quick glanced to see what a CCM Torrent was. Was yours a dual suspension bike for a few hundred dollars? If so, Don't look for something like that again. In your price range, stick to a hardtail bike and get something from a bike shop. Anything meeting that criteria will be worlds better than the Torrent. The $800 range would be great if you can swing it. $500 is still fairly entry level for a MTB. If you are indeed riding rough trails at semi-high speed on the bike I just saw online for cheap, I'm surprised it didn't leave you seriously injured. Did it come with a warning that said something like "not for off-road use?"
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...I assume your in canada, Im not sure if BD will ship to you but these are some decent rides for your price.
...As 3speeds said above the rear deraileur bending and destroying your wheel is a common enough failure that most bike manufacturers now design their frames with replaceable hangers, so you can have your wheel repaired and still use the frame.
...Oh by the way if you order a bike online you will need to assemble it yourself or pay your LBS to do it (approx $100).
...And lastly bicycle deraileurs require some minor tuning. the harder and rougher you ride the more frequently you should check. It may seem complicated at first but once you learn its actually pretty easy. there are alot of utube videos that will help you though it. being a long time rider Im surprised you dont have it mastered yet.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...e_700HT_xi.htm $550
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._ghost6900.htm $500
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/dawes/rh_25.htm $500
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...cane/600ds.htm $500

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...06_-1___202617 $400
http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...73_-1___202617 $400

these bikes are all 26 inch wheels. 29 inch wheels are the newest thing to happen to mountain biking. from what I understand the 29er is superior in alot of situations and 26ers are better in others. You may want to search yahoo alittle about it and decide what you want based on how and where you ride.
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Old 05-27-12, 05:58 PM
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Since you don't know what you need/want, you should go to a local bike shop.
They can answer your questions and you can ride some different bikes.
Kona has a large presence in canada and the fire mountain is a good start at $599.
http://2011.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?c...=fire_mountain
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First off, break down your post into paragraphs, it makes it a lot easier for people to read, and you may get more answers.

What ever you look at, don't expect it to last 7-8 years, if you want to go off road, expect high wear rates, breakages and parts needing regular servicing, this isn't a cheap sport / activity.

It doesn't matter if you are riding a cheap or expensive bike they all will break, just the cheap ones more often, the expensive ones less, but will cost more to fix.
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Ok so how would the gears and the derailers's be on these bikes? Every bike I've bought so far has had problems with both of those things, they always don't function properly, or break. Thanks
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Old 05-29-12, 04:01 PM
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Yes, my bike was a bike that cost 300$ and it had dual suspension. The gears were always broken or not functioning properly on it so thats what i want to focus on. At my local bike store i was given a choice between a Scott Bike, a Bike from KHS, and a bike from the brand Specialized. I've also been told Bikes from Cannondale are good too. Which one would be better? All the bikes were around 700$. I do live in Canada.

And if there is a better Brand out there then i'd like to know about it. If those brands are crap I'd like to know about it. MOstly because I've received about contradicting opinions of all of them.

I can still get a different brand, but to everyone, I'm looking for a particular Brand to stick with not one particular model of bike. (if thats even possible) again what I'm looking for is a bike with a good general gear system, because I change gears quite a bit and still apply power while doing so. (should i stop this?) So yeah, and thanks for all of your help

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Gears on the old bike were always broken because the parts on a $300 full-suspension bike are generally crap. Luckily, a $700 hardtail from a reputable company will be a huge step up.

Any of those brands would be fine. What you want to do is try them all out, see if one of them feels better than the others due to the small changes in frame geometry there might be. If they all feel about the same to you, post up the actual models you're looking at, and we'll let you know which has the best parts spec.
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Old 05-30-12, 03:31 PM
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Ok thanks for the help ill definitively do that in the next couple days.
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Old 06-17-12, 09:22 AM
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So I'm about to buy a KHS alite 500. Any thoughts? Thanks
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Just my 2 cents as im a new rider myself, but i bought trek 3700 and its a really nice bike for$500. Very comfortable and well made bike and has some good equipment on it. If i had to do it again id do it the same.
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Whoa, dude, you ride hard, fast and change the gears a lot while laying down some serious power? Sounds like you are HARDCORE and most of the hippie pot-heads on this site won't be able to answer your questions sufficiently. Good luck with the awesomeness.
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Originally Posted by Bikenoob123 View Post
So I'm about to buy a KHS alite 500. Any thoughts? Thanks
The KHS Alite 500 is an excellent choice at your price point and I would encourage you to pull the trigger right away. However, I just want you to know that MTN biking is a high maintenance, labor intensive, and expensive sport.

I would suggest that you find a bicycle co-op, as fast as possible, and join it. After becoming a member. Learn the ins and outs of your Alite 500. Learn how to disassemble it and reassemble it. Do this about three or four times at the bicycle co-op, under the guidance of seasoned veteran bicycle mechanics. Make certain that you learn the function of each component and where it's loctaed. Doing this, will save you hundreds in bike repairs, adjustments, and installations. Of course, at some point you're going to want to make upgrades. Knowing the mechanics of your bike will also make this much easier and a lot less expensive when you do it yourself.

Next time, you'll be much more experienced. By then, when purchasing a MTB, you won't have to depend upon your LBS or BF so much. Perhaps by then, you'll be able to buy your bike online at bikesdirect.com and get a MTB that will either cost much less cash, or will have a higher level of components, or both.

Alternatively, after having the experience of owning a MTB and knowing its mechanics, you could perhaps just purchase a frameset online, the next time you're looking for a new a long-lasting MTB. You could then just purchase components or locate components at the bike co-op, and build your new bike right there, at the co-op. There are plenty of online chromoly frame MTB manufacturers, whose frames will last a lifetime.

www.universalcycles.com/shopping/index.php?resultpage=2&category=119

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KHS makes excellent bikes!

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