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Old 10-12-14, 10:39 AM
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Need some opinions

Hello all, I'm gonna be purchasing my first bike next weekend and I just need some opinions on it. It's a diamondback axis sport 2014. I found it on Amazon for $525. I have ridden a different model at dicks and really liked it. I also use to have a DB bmx bike about 15 years ago and I remember I put it through hell and it never let up. Anyways here's the link to page with the specs. I'm new to mountain biking so I'm not sure of what parts are quality and what's junk. Thanks for any help.

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Old 10-12-14, 04:03 PM
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With any 500 dollar MTB you are going to get lower end components. But if the frame is a nice quality frame you can upgrade as you go along. Find a LBS because I bought my DB in 2009 from Dicks and while I still own it I didn't get good advice on fit. It fits me like a road bike so when I decided to start riding more trails and off road I shopped for a new bike. Check out Jamis 2015 line http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/mountain.html. Man they are slick and a lot of people say they give you the most bang for your buck. I wish they had so many color options when I bought mine. Otherwise if you are sold on that one brand/model, buy it from a LBS not a retail store. Trust me from experience.

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trail-monkey makes a good point. If possible, try to buy from an LBS. Buying from Dicks is a crap shoot. Some of their stores have good bike mechanics, others not so much.
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If you could save a bit more, it will probably be in your best interest. At $500.00(most mtb forks cost more) you will not be happy in the long run. Look at craigslist or ebay and with some more $$$, you'll pick up a bike that will hold up to trail riding and be a more enjoyable intro for you. Those lower end mtbs are not worth the money imo and you just end up spending more anyway trying to compensate for their shortcomings!
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If you could save a bit more, it will probably be in your best interest. At $500.00(most mtb forks cost more) you will not be happy in the long run. Look at craigslist or ebay and with some more $$$, you'll pick up a bike that will hold up to trail riding and be a more enjoyable intro for you. Those lower end mtbs are not worth the money imo and you just end up spending more anyway trying to compensate for their shortcomings!
Maybe but if you buy a reputable brand like Jamis, Giant, Trek, Marin (the list goes on and on) the shortcomings are usually in components. Their frames, while not carbon or super high end race frames, are still good quality stuff and 500-600 bucks will get you riding a solid platform bike that you can upgrade at your own pace. Now my 300 dollar Diamondback maybe not so much but my 575 dollar Jamis I feel is a much better platform for the upgrades that I have done so far. Now I am not dropping off mountains either. But I feel like a 500 dollar frame with better components can tackle anything that the "majority" of us average riders will ever put it through. As much as I would like to be one of these superstars flipping off mountains on you tube......sadly I am not lol.
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Absolutly nothing wrong with Diamondback frames. Nothing wrong with Jamis either for that matter, both are value brands. When you are buying a lowend mtn bike the stickers on the frame really don't make damn bit of difference. Even all the components will be pretty similiar. You might as well go by which one looks the coolest. He is putting it together himself if he is ordering from Amazon so he doesn't have to worry about how competant Dick's mechanics are, just himself.
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OP, buy the bike,
build the bike,
ride the bike into the ground,

then you will have some new skills and need more bike,

The cycle continues on and on

I started on a $600 bike, loved it, rode it for two seasons,
now I'm on a $1900 bike and I actually ride it.
Yeah Its better than my first but still It's not cool enough cause it didn't cost more than 3 grand.

of course when I get to a $3,000 bike I won't be cool enough till I get a $5,000 bike,,,,,,,

Don't fall In the trap, Just ride XD

I still take my Walmart thruster down off the wall and ride it local. It's a keeper, cost me $69 plus tax

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