Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Mountain Biking
Reload this Page >

Entry Point

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

Entry Point

Old 03-29-14, 09:06 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Central PA
Posts: 76

Bikes: NONE

Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Entry Point

I am looking to get into hitting some local trails here in the burbs of Philly (Core Creek, Whissahickon, Neshaminy) and am wondering what is a decent entry level into the world of mountain biking. This is something I do not know if I will truly like because in all honesty I have never tried it. My fear is that if I buy a cheap(er) bike then I risk the chance of having a lower quality bike make the experience less enjoyable than if I spent the money on something a little nicer. Right now I am looking at the Trek X-Cal 7 as the entry bike but still am iffy to spend that much on something that I might do once in a while instead of all the time as I am imagining. Would I be safe to go cheaper (X-Cal 4) then eventually upgrade components if I take to it?

I know I am talking about entry level stuff here, but I want something that will be enjoyable to ride, and will either last me a bit, or leave me with extra cash to upgrade the parts as I go with what I want. I have test rode both the Cannondale Trail 7/5 and the Trek X-Cals. The geometry on both are fine with me.....so fit is not the issue....just the quality of bike to enter with. What are your thoughts??
stevenlsmith87 is offline  
Old 03-30-14, 06:21 AM
Senior Member
ncfisherman's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Chapel Hill
Posts: 457

Bikes: Canfield Yelli Screamy, Pivot Mach5, Specialized Roubaix, '65 Hercules, '79 Schwinn Stingray Lil Chic, '68 Schwinn Stingray Fastback, '89 Specialized Allez Epic, '86 Battaglin World Champion

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
X-Caliber 4 - Trek Bicycle

X-Caliber 7 - Trek Bicycle

Significant upgrades over 4: 9-speed drivetrain, 100mm travel fork(vs 75) w/ lockout. Other than those two things, you're not really getting a whole lot more for your money.

I know it's not for everyone, but I would suggest at least checking out some of the used options in your area. Quality of components does make a huge difference and $600-800 will go far on the used market.
ncfisherman is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Mountain Biking
03-05-13 08:19 AM
Mountain Biking
12-06-10 11:55 AM
Bicycle Mechanics
10-26-10 05:29 PM
Road Cycling
10-13-10 09:06 AM
Mountain Biking
03-02-10 02:06 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.