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Old 07-25-12, 07:43 AM
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Best Budget Mountain Bike for Beginner?

Hey guys. I'm new here. I've actually been more of a runner, but a friend has asked my to start mountain biking some with him on the local trails. I love riding so I'm going to give it a shot. He may have an old Cannondale that I can use for a bit, but I think it might be a bit big for me. I am wondering what is a good budget mountain bike. I'd prefer under $500, but even less would be better right now. I also don't want a bike that will make the experience unenjoyable. I've been scouring Craigslist but haven't found much yet. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Look for a used Specialized Hardrock or something similar.

Get the proper size. Fit is important.
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$500. is a good budget for the Craigslist market. You might also check with some local bike shops to see if anyone wants to trade in a bike on a new one. Bike Shops don't usually take trade ins, but might steer on to you if they get to sell a new bike.

Bikepedia.com is a good place to research used bikes. It will tell you how much the bike originally sold for and how it was equipped. In your price range you can probably pick up an 08-2010 bike that orignally sold for $1200-$1500. You will have a better frame and hopefully "decent" suspension fork. For a first bike you might stick to Hardtails. More bike for the bucks.

Thanks for checking in and let us know what you pick up.
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