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Old 02-17-15, 02:36 AM   #1
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Suggestions for newbie buying first bike

Hello everyone, I just recently decided that it was time for me to start being more healthy and active. The first idea for me to do this was to take up a new hobby, and mountain biking is what I decided on. Since I live in Arizona, there are plenty of places to ride, trails or not. Also, I have a few friends who ride a little so I would be able to go with them.

Now to what I need help with. With the little researching that I have done, I have narrowed it down to a hardtail 29er. This would be in my price range (max of $500). I have looked around quite a bit and read through these forums and still don't know what exactly I want.

I have looked at:
Trek Marlin 5 ($499)
Dawes HayMaker 2900 ($369)
Motobecane Fantom29 Sport ($399)
Motobecane Fantom 29 LTD ($399)
Gravity 29Point1 ($449)

One of the main websites that I have been using is bikesdirect.com.

If you guys could help me out, that would be awesome!!
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Old 02-17-15, 09:09 AM   #2
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IF you have an additional $50 to your budget, the Giant Revel is a great bike to look at. I recently looked at new mtbs and settled on that one myself. I did look at the Marlin as well but liked the Revel better.
In my opinion it really depends on the type of riding that you plan on. The Gravity would be my top choice on that list as it has the better specs by far. The Trek would be my next choice and then the others would not even make the list. They all have awful forks
There is one other consideration. The Trek will have the best resale value as it is a known name brand that people seek. The other bikes are fine bikes but they are generic or house brands of Bikes Direct. There is nothing wrong with that, but they will not hold their value in the same way the Trek will.
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For a first bike, I'd steer you away from BikesDirect and would recommend you go to a few bike shops and test ride some bikes. Every bike will have slightly different frame geometry, which means they'll ride a little differently and some will fit your body better than others. Try as many as you can, then buy the one that fits and rides the best.
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Thank you all for the help! Theres a Trek X-Caliber Gary Fisher Edition on sale at a shop by me and I think I'm going to swing by there some time this week and see what its like.
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The X-Caliber 6 is a bit more bike than the ones in your original post, so if it's for sale at or near your $500 budget, and they have the right size, that could be a very good option. There are higher models of it too, but I doubt even on sale they're near what you seem to be looking to spend.

I do suggest you ride them. Get out of the saddle and see how they handle in the attack position. It would be best to demo on a trail, but if you've never ridden on trails, it might not be a helpful endeavor.
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The X-Caliber 6 is a bit more bike than the ones in your original post, so if it's for sale at or near your $500 budget, and they have the right size, that could be a very good option. There are higher models of it too, but I doubt even on sale they're near what you seem to be looking to spend.

I do suggest you ride them. Get out of the saddle and see how they handle in the attack position. It would be best to demo on a trail, but if you've never ridden on trails, it might not be a helpful endeavor.


Sorry I forgot to say that it was the X-Caliber 4. What do you think about those? And what's the big deal about the suntour forks? I hear every one say stuff about them but don't know what's really so bad about them (since I'm new).

Thanks for the help!
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They have minimal dampening and aren't fit for real trail riding. They actually have a decal on the fork saying so.
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Sorry I forgot to say that it was the X-Caliber 4. What do you think about those? And what's the big deal about the suntour forks? I hear every one say stuff about them but don't know what's really so bad about them (since I'm new).

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The quality's not great on Suntour forks, but honestly, it won't be much better on an entry level RockShox or whatever they're putting on entry level bikes. It'll be fine to start on, and if and when it's time to upgrade, you'll have a better idea of what kind of riding you enjoy, and what direction you want to go with your next bike or with the fork upgrade.
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[QUOTE=jeffco92;17565835]Sorry I forgot to say that it was the X-Caliber 4. What do you think about those? And what's the big deal about the suntour forks? I hear every one say stuff about them but don't know what's really so bad about them (since I'm new).

Thanks for the help![/QUOTE

The ones that come on the entry level bikes are not good. You will notice pretty quickly. I just bought the Revel and switched out the fork through Suntours customer loyalty program. I got the Raidon for $189. It is superior to what was on the bike.
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