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Old 01-13-05, 04:36 PM
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Help Me Pick a New Bike...

I need help choosing the right bike for me.

I havenít ridden in a long time. Iím not an aggressive rider. But I love to ride and donít know why I got away from it.

Consider the following:

1. Iím 42 years old. Iím 6í3Ē tall with long arms and legs. My weight varies between 215 lbs and 230 lbs.

2. Iíll be riding dirt roads, fire roads, and fairly easy trails. Some bumpy stuff, but mostly joy riding and sight seeing. No jumping, no real rough stuff, and no racing.

3. Even when I take it ďeasyĒ, I can be rough on a bike. So I need a tough bike.

4. I want a mountain bike.

5. Riding comfort is very important to me.

6. Iím willing to put up to $1500 into a bike. I want the best I can get for that price.

Please help answer the following :

1. Manufacturer? Is there a specific manufacturer that makes bikes that are naturally more comfortable for a guy my size? I've heard that Specialized makes comfortable bikes for big people. Is this true? The only bike shops near where I live carry mostly Trek.

2. Dual suspension or hardtail? For the type of riding I described above, would a dual suspension be noticeably more comfortable than a hardtail?

3. Bike Shop? Can anyone suggest a really good bike shop within a 4 hour drive of Huntsville, Alabama (north Alabama)?

Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old 01-13-05, 06:19 PM
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It may be a little hard. Something that's VERY tough and very comfortable. Hmm maybe a Kona HOSS Dee-Lux. Maybe I'm a little off. It's a burly bike, made for bigger riders. I'm not sure about comfort though, you can always get a quality suspension seatpost. Ask a guy named PWRDbyTRD (or something like that) for anything regarding the Dee-Lux.

Comfort is not easy if you're hardcore biking. You just have to take the shock in your legs and stuff unless you run a duallie, which are more expensive. I don't know...maybe someone else will help you. I just know Hoss's are good.
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I would also suggest the Hoss for a hardtail, im not sure what to suggest in the way of a duellie
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Old 01-13-05, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by blackdog
I need help choosing the right bike for me.

I havenít ridden in a long time. Iím not an aggressive rider. But I love to ride and donít know why I got away from it.

Consider the following:

1. Iím 42 years old. Iím 6í3Ē tall with long arms and legs. My weight varies between 215 lbs and 230 lbs.

2. Iíll be riding dirt roads, fire roads, and fairly easy trails. Some bumpy stuff, but mostly joy riding and sight seeing. No jumping, no real rough stuff, and no racing.

3. Even when I take it ďeasyĒ, I can be rough on a bike. So I need a tough bike.

4. I want a mountain bike.

5. Riding comfort is very important to me.

6. Iím willing to put up to $1500 into a bike. I want the best I can get for that price.

Please help answer the following :

1. Manufacturer? Is there a specific manufacturer that makes bikes that are naturally more comfortable for a guy my size? I've heard that Specialized makes comfortable bikes for big people. Is this true? The only bike shops near where I live carry mostly Trek.

2. Dual suspension or hardtail? For the type of riding I described above, would a dual suspension be noticeably more comfortable than a hardtail?

3. Bike Shop? Can anyone suggest a really good bike shop within a 4 hour drive of Huntsville, Alabama (north Alabama)?

Thanks in advance for the help.

My first thought is also something along the lines of the Kona Hoss Deelux; a beefy, solid, well designed hardtail you can take home for less than $1,000. (see www.konaworld.com). One of the Kona Dawg full-suspension series could be a good choice, too, around your price. Specialized FSR full-susp could work out well for you; although I'd want to go with the Enduro which would be over your price range (I looked at an '04 model recently that was priced at $1850; '05's are considerably more). I think a hardtail would work well for you based on what you described but I'd steer towards a full susp because of your emphasis on a very comfortable ride.

I'm 50 and my main ride for the type of stuff you've described is a Kona Kula hardtail. The only time I really want the full susp is when I'm getting into the rough stuff/air or I'm going to ride for more than several hours; any less than that and I don't miss the full susp.
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Old 01-13-05, 06:44 PM
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1500 could get you a pretty good used dualie...like and fsr xc....i dunno where you would find one, but that bike would seem to fit your needs pretty well...i dunno too much other fs bikes...you could get a sweet ht for that kind of money though
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Old 01-13-05, 07:13 PM
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look at specialized or giant cause i think youll get more bang for your buck. i use to weight about 270 at 5'-11"
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Old 01-13-05, 07:19 PM
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and raced downhill, jumped, and droped a giant atx 890 and specialized s works back in the mid ninties and never never broke either up intill last summer the giant died of a four foot drop. the only issue is the wheels , GET GOOD WHEELS
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Old 01-13-05, 07:21 PM
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oh' sorry, they are both aluminum hard tails
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my best advice is read the $500 dollar MTB sticky on BikeForums.net. There's some good advice.
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I'm a big fan of Specialized & Kona, but since they've already been suggested here, I figure I'll play devil's advocate and say you can snag a Fisher Big Sur Disc for under $1500 easily. Looks nicely equipped if you ask me... XT rear derailleur, LX front and shifters, Hayes HFX-9 brakes, M-505 clipless pedals and a Manitou Skareb Super fork. Also, $50 more gets you the Paragon with SRAM X-9 drivetrain, Reba Race fork, HFX-9 brakes.. but it's a 29'er so it'll ride a bit different than most standard 26" wheeled bikes (the Big Sur is a 26" wheel bike)
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dude when your over 2 hundo lbs. 29ers get squirly. TOo much momentum into the corners
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I'm roughly your size, 6'4" 230 lbs. If I'm looking for a bike, based on what you have given me. I would buy the 2005 Kona Dawg Matic. It's a great bike for the money. I think you will enjoy the comfort and the quality of this bike. I would highly recommend you take the opportunity to ride one. Because you said comfort was very important I would pick a full suspension bike over a hard tail. There are lots of great bikes. Go ride a Kona, Specialized, Trek, Giant, etc... Make sure you like the way it rides not just the label on the aluminum.
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Thanks to all of you for the replies.

Anybody else?
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