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Old 03-15-14, 08:42 PM
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Looking for a new bike

Hello everyone! I'm looking for a new mountain bike and I need some advice. First of all, I'm not going to use it for true mountain biking. I live in Houston, Texas - which is as flat as it gets. I'll ride off-road trails and while I realize that mountain bike is an overkill for this, it is my personal preference.

My price range is $500-$700 bucks and I'd like the best bang for my buck in this range. I need front suspension and I definitely don't need the rear one - so I'm looking at hardtails only. Given the purpose, I don't think I need disc brakes, but I kind of like them. Hydraulic are probably too much though - I think mechanical is enough.

I am kind of picky about shifters though - I'd love Shimano Deore in the rear - which is very hard to find - but I'd like an Alivio or about the same. I don't know much about suspension forks and other components - so I'm looking for some basic guidance in do's ad don'ts here.

I used to have a Felt Q620 years ago (I think it was a 2004 model) - which came with Deore at the time at below $500. If I could get the same one again, I would - but they don't have such deals anymore.

I seriously looked at Giant Talon 27.5 4 as well as Trek Wahoo Disc 29 and recently zeroed in on Giant Revel 29er - but the store had issues with the lead time from the factory and now I'm back looking again.

Given all of the above, what bike(s) would you advise I look at? Any input is appreciated!
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Old 03-16-14, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Chaingun81 View Post
Hello everyone! I'm looking for a new mountain bike and I need some advice. First of all, I'm not going to use it for true mountain biking. I live in Houston, Texas - which is as flat as it gets. I'll ride off-road trails and while I realize that mountain bike is an overkill for this, it is my personal preference.

My price range is $500-$700 bucks and I'd like the best bang for my buck in this range. I need front suspension and I definitely don't need the rear one - so I'm looking at hardtails only. Given the purpose, I don't think I need disc brakes, but I kind of like them. Hydraulic are probably too much though - I think mechanical is enough.

I am kind of picky about shifters though - I'd love Shimano Deore in the rear - which is very hard to find - but I'd like an Alivio or about the same. I don't know much about suspension forks and other components - so I'm looking for some basic guidance in do's ad don'ts here.

I used to have a Felt Q620 years ago (I think it was a 2004 model) - which came with Deore at the time at below $500. If I could get the same one again, I would - but they don't have such deals anymore.

I seriously looked at Giant Talon 27.5 4 as well as Trek Wahoo Disc 29 and recently zeroed in on Giant Revel 29er - but the store had issues with the lead time from the factory and now I'm back looking again.

Given all of the above, what bike(s) would you advise I look at? Any input is appreciated!
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Old 03-16-14, 03:24 PM
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1. go to as many bike shops as practicable

2. test ride a bunch of bikes in your price range

3. choose the one you find most comfortable

4. have fun
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What is your height and weight? What kind of terrain are you riding? With those things in mind get a 29er to fit your body type and then follow 2 - 4 in Crypts list.
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You're not spending a lot of money, as mtbs go. Think about single speed. You shouldn't have any trouble riding one gear in a flat place and you may discover it's a lot more fun when you don't have to think about what gear you're in. You can put the money you would be spending for gears, shifters, etc. into a better quality frame and wheel set. In that price range I would look on Craig's List, Ebay.

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It sounds like you are well informed and well prepared to go for test rides. So go do it!

There aren't major performance/spec gaps between the leading brands these days. It's better to focus on proper fit and finding a high quality shop with great customer service and mechanics.

Originally Posted by Chaingun81 View Post
Hello everyone! I'm looking for a new mountain bike and I need some advice. First of all, I'm not going to use it for true mountain biking. I live in Houston, Texas - which is as flat as it gets. I'll ride off-road trails and while I realize that mountain bike is an overkill for this, it is my personal preference.

My price range is $500-$700 bucks and I'd like the best bang for my buck in this range. I need front suspension and I definitely don't need the rear one - so I'm looking at hardtails only. Given the purpose, I don't think I need disc brakes, but I kind of like them. Hydraulic are probably too much though - I think mechanical is enough.

I am kind of picky about shifters though - I'd love Shimano Deore in the rear - which is very hard to find - but I'd like an Alivio or about the same. I don't know much about suspension forks and other components - so I'm looking for some basic guidance in do's ad don'ts here.

I used to have a Felt Q620 years ago (I think it was a 2004 model) - which came with Deore at the time at below $500. If I could get the same one again, I would - but they don't have such deals anymore.

I seriously looked at Giant Talon 27.5 4 as well as Trek Wahoo Disc 29 and recently zeroed in on Giant Revel 29er - but the store had issues with the lead time from the factory and now I'm back looking again.

Given all of the above, what bike(s) would you advise I look at? Any input is appreciated!
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I can chime in on the Revel. I have a 2013 Revel 0 29er. The '13 had all SRAM components where the '14 Revel has a Shimano mix. Frame is the same but the '14 Revel is lower in the 29er lineup I believe than the '13 Revel 0 was, with the Revel 0 is a 3x9 whereas the '14 Revel is a 3x8.

The '14 Revel 29er retails for $550 & has Acera shifters & a Alivio RD. If you can find a '13 Revel 0, its full SRAM X5 and you might be able to find a left over on closeout under the $700 list.

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