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Old 03-09-15, 02:14 PM
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All mountain bike on a tight budget

I've been riding my rigid GT for quite some time, but I've considered buying a second bike that is full suspension specifically for some trails I ride that are more technical (and some I'm going to be going to this summer). In the summer, I generally do between 5-10 miles of singletrack a few days a week but I'm going to be traveling further out for rides this year. I would like a decent bike but really I can't drop large amounts of money.

I suppose this is at best a two part question:

1.) Is there any way I'm going to find something I can get real use out of for under $500? Some places seem to put that down as "buy a hardtail only at that low of a price" and other reviews I've read basically say "don't buy a bike until you can afford (ridiculous cost)."

2.) What should I be looking for used? I know I've seen some various bikes that look decent for roughly the same price range, but I'd rather buy something local than just order a BD bike (I ordered my road bike from bikesdirect - it serves it's purpose, but I am not really sold on their mountain bikes for some reason).

I've ridden GT bikes for most of my life - I had a Specialized when I was younger and loved it, but man they are expensive. I suppose I'm just looking for some type of guidance as I continue to search craigslist daily...
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Old 03-09-15, 02:26 PM
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Decent new full squish bikes that you can and will want to upgrade after the first season start about $1800 from various brand names.

$3500 gets you Into a Trek or Giant or Scott or boutique bikes that IMO need nothing..

For Instance:
Turner Flux - Turner Bikes $3300 for the TRr build I think

or the Turner Burner,,

Just to name one company,,there are so many.

The Flux is a 27 pound bike,, to get a 27 pound bike in a Trek,, say,,,$4100 or $5200 or so.

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Old 03-09-15, 03:55 PM
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It will be extremely difficult to find a decent used FS bike for $500 or less on craigslist. In the event one does pop up that is the correct size, you should it expect it to sell within a few hours, and most likely you won't be the lucky recipient.

Don't waste your money on bikesdirect. That part was easy.
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Old 03-09-15, 07:30 PM
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Keep scanning your local Craigslist. That's what I did. And even here in a really small market I scored a Cannondale Team Racing Edition CF Scalpel with 2 extra sets of tires for $700.
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Old 03-10-15, 09:37 AM
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Keep scanning your local Craigslist. That's what I did. And even here in a really small market I scored a Cannondale Team Racing Edition CF Scalpel with 2 extra sets of tires for $700.
This is pretty much the plan. The thing I get stuck on is that any new bike with decent components seems to be in the $1500+ range, so I put myself at buying used. I suppose I could drop $1000 on a bike tomorrow, but that would be more than I'm comfortable with. Logically, I'll keep saving a bit here and there and end up buying one, but that comes back to the second question...

If I'm looking for a used bike, is there something that would be recommended? I bought this bike because I had one when I was younger and loved it. I'm likely going to keep riding it and maybe buy a new fork so it has some suspension eventually. I don't mind riding it the way it is. I've ridden expensive suspension bikes before and I like them, but still - it's hard to justify a bicycle that cost more than my motorcycle (and as much as my previous car).

I keep checking CL and Pinkbike - I've got contacts at 3 or 4 shops keeping an eye out for something used that is worth the time, but they are just friends that either work there or happen to be in the shop often and know what is in and out.
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Old 03-10-15, 10:17 AM
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Old 03-10-15, 10:21 AM
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There's nothing I can do on my Giant Reign that I can't do on my 140mm forked hardtail. In fact, since I've been riding a full rigid lately (with drop bars and cantilever brakes, no less), I dare say that I can ride it in 95% of the stuff I would ride with the Reign. I've seen people on all sorts of bikes pass me going up and down.

Go for a hardtail with disc brakes (hydraulic preferred) and focus on upgrading the fork. Slap a 140mm or 150mm fork on it and call it an all mountain hardtail. I've seen lots of Specialized Hardrocks and Rockhoppers on CL lately.

Here's my $250 Iron Horse Warrior Disc Comp (Craigslist) with a used $250 Rock Shox 140mm Dual Air Revelation fork.





The longer fork slackened the geometry quite nicely and it rolls over almost everything at speed. The Deore hydraulic disc brakes were more than adequate. Of course, I've since upgraded almost everything on the bike, but just getting the bike, upgrading the fork and some 2.35 tires should get you hucking stuff in no time.

Dead brands like Iron Horse and entry level hardtails are diamonds in the rough.
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Old 03-10-15, 10:53 AM
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Depending on your market, your best bet is probably around $1000 for a used full suspension. You can sometimes find them cheaper, but it really depends on your local market. Many of the sub-$500 FS bikes will be significantly older and probably not have things like hydraulic discs, don't waste your time/money.
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Old 03-11-15, 04:12 PM
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Try eBay. A 1990s double butted 26" MTB can be had for $300-$400 in good condition.

They're "old school" but perfect if you're on a budget.

I scooped up a Marin Muirwoods 29er 2013 model for $450 plus shipping.
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Old 03-11-15, 04:30 PM
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Perhaps even look for an older norco from their bc hard tail lineup like a sasquatch, Bigfoot, or wolverine
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Old 03-11-15, 07:22 PM
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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
Try eBay. A 1990s double butted 26" MTB can be had for $300-$400 in good condition.

They're "old school" but perfect if you're on a budget.

I scooped up a Marin Muirwoods 29er 2013 model for $450 plus shipping.
He already has an old rigid MTB. He's trying to get full suspension on a budget. The best time to do that would have been late fall / early winter, but he still could get lucky.
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Old 03-15-15, 11:00 AM
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I beg to differ with those that say you can't find what you're looking for within your budget. I bought one of my sons a super nice Giant Trance X with some really sweet upgrades for 800 and my other son also a Giant Trance (bone stock) that was like brand new for under 400. Both eBay finds.
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