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Old 05-04-14, 08:31 PM
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I Have the Mountain Biking Itch!

I did a nice trail with some MTB coworkers and realized my CX bike can only do so much. I would like to get into mountain biking.

I did some research and I think a 27.5 bike is best for me, since I'm 5'6.

I also want to use this bike for commuting because there is a nice trail that I can take to work and i'll ride the CX bike when I take the roads.

Anyways, I don't know much about MTBs or their components other than FS/hardtail. I want to be around or under $500.

So, I'm thinking a 27.4 hardtail would be best. What bike do you think is best given my requirements? Any advice is appreciated!
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Old 05-05-14, 08:32 AM
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Unless you're doing a lot of downhilling, I can't see why a CX bike wouldn't be able to keep up under most circumstances. What conditions can the CX bike NOT handle?
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Old 05-05-14, 05:12 PM
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Unless you're doing a lot of downhilling, I can't see why a CX bike wouldn't be able to keep up under most circumstances. What conditions can the CX bike NOT handle?
For this reason the trail is almost all downhill and steep climbs on the way back.
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Old 05-05-14, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by rekon View Post
For this reason the trail is almost all downhill and steep climbs on the way back.
Understood....

In that case, I would save up enough cash to get a bonafide FS mtb!
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Old 05-06-14, 08:09 AM
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I think a HT would be a good option for you. If you can afford two sets of rims, you can have one set-up for commuting with skinnier slicks that provide little rolling resistance. Then something set-up with knobbies for the specific trails you ride. I did that for years.

I think a Hardtail is the perfect option if you can only ride one bike. CX is usually a good option as well. Post a picture of yours so we can see how it is setup.
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Old 05-06-14, 03:41 PM
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You're gonna be hard-pressed to find a full-suspension at $500. Have you checked Craiglist? Me thinks you'll end up with a hard-tail.
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Old 05-06-14, 07:40 PM
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Hardtail, don't know what you will be able to find for a 27.5 for under $500.
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I would definitely go with a hard tail. In my experience, I am not really on the seat except if I am commuting anyway, while on a trail, I find myself almost completely supported by my legs, so rear suspension would mainly be weight, and taking some way from pedaling.

Going down hill, just stay off the seat, use your legs as suspension. But a front shock is critical in my experience - it makes it possible for the tire to roll over roughness much better.

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650b is an excellent choice for a hardtail, IMO.

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Originally Posted by Dannihilator View Post
Hardtail, don't know what you will be able to find for a 27.5 for under $500.
I was sort of wondering about that price point, too. Probably have to wait till next year, or purchase a 650b compatible 26'er frame now and upgrade the wheels/tires next year.
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Originally Posted by crtreedude View Post
I would definitely go with a hard tail. In my experience, I am not really on the seat except if I am commuting anyway, while on a trail, I find myself almost completely supported by my legs, so rear suspension would mainly be weight, and taking some way from pedaling.

Going down hill, just stay off the seat, use your legs as suspension. But a front shock is critical in my experience - it makes it possible for the tire to roll over roughness much better.

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Many of us started with the rigid bikes and learned how to pedal and ride crouched. I think this is a good skill to have. Keep yourself a few inches off the seat and you will be comfortable and ready for what ever comes at you.
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Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
Many of us started with the rigid bikes and learned how to pedal and ride crouched. I think this is a good skill to have. Keep yourself a few inches off the seat and you will be comfortable and ready for what ever comes at you.
+1 on this advice... went trail riding last weekend and took both my MTB & CX bikes. Did one trail twice on both. The CX bounced around alot more but handled the trail pretty well, especially riding crouched. My wife thought I looked goofy (and I got a lot of strange looks from people not used to seeing a CX bike) but she had a lot harder time on a HT than I did on my CX, but I'm a more experienced rider than she is too.
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Lots of barely used mountain bikes for sale on Craigslist. Go for a 26er in a small frame size (15" - 16"). Hardtails look more affordable, but occasionally I've seen some great deals on full suspension bikes too (like a Specialized FSR-XC Disc for $500). At that price, I should have gotten it just for the parts. I spent more than that buying parts to put my hard tail together.
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