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Old 09-20-13, 02:28 PM
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A good mountain bike

I am looking to buy a mtb for 600 (500, 800$)
What are the characteristics to look for in that price range?
One of my main questions would be if a full suspension/soft tail would be a good choice or just the front suspension.

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You would be hard pressed to find a decent full susser for that amount of cash (unless you found something used and a few years old) - have you thought about a hard tail with a decent front fork instead?

Here is a great example of a hardtail that comes under budget, but has some great components on it - Airborne Guardian, leaving you some wiggle room for some upgrades, if needed.

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Thanks for the answer! That bike is 200$ less than my top budget =)
And yeah, I don't mind having a hard tail, just asking to know.

But are the 29ers a good choice? Some people say that they aren't as good. :/
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Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
You would be hard pressed to find a decent full susser for that amount of cash (unless you found something used and a few years old) - have you thought about a hard tail with a decent front fork instead?

Here is a great example of a hardtail that comes under budget, but has some great components on it - Airborne Guardian, leaving you some wiggle room for some upgrades, if needed.

Thats a nice bike

Would any MTB under that budget need uprgading?
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Originally Posted by enderegg View Post
Thanks for the answer! That bike is 200$ less than my top budget =)
And yeah, I don't mind having a hard tail, just asking to know.

But are the 29ers a good choice? Some people say that they aren't as good. :/
I love mine, I cannot believe how much faster I am on it. Example - Rigor Mortis which is just a shade under seven miles used to take me 42 minutes to complete on my 26er. I tried for three months to beat that time, with no luck. The second try on it with my 29er I hit 35 minutes, and felt like I could have gone even faster. The best thing I can tell you is to go to a local bike shop and simply try one out to see for yourself and see how it feels. What is your height and weight?

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Thats a nice bike

Would any MTB under that budget need uprgading?
Not really, but most people will end up changing out seats, stems, tires, and grips to suit their riding style and comfort. I myself don't do upgrades unless I am changing the feel of the cockpit, or a worn out component. That 200 bucks saved would probably cover all those initial changes to the bike.
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I weigh 60kg 132 pounds and my height is 1.76m 5.77 inches, I'm 16. My actual bike is 7 years old, and I'm only upgrading because my gears are breaking as the breaks.

I've only started ridding it for this summer, I made more km in 3 months, than the rest of the lifetime of the bike xD
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A 29er may feel a bit big, but a small size frame 29er may feel just right. At this point, I would stop in at your LBS and try a small size 26er and 29er to see how they feel, then go from there. Try as many out as you can and find one that fits you and feels good. You can then google the geometry of the bike that feels good and find something comparable online (if you don't want to purchase from your LBS).
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Thanks a lot! =**
Tomorrow is the day! Thanks!

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