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Old 12-15-2010, 01:25 PM
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What would you consider a reasonable amount to spend on a mountain bike for use 1 weekday afternoon and 1 day on the weekend?
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Old 12-15-2010, 01:45 PM
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You can get a full suspension mountain bike of quality for under $500.00.
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Old 12-15-2010, 01:45 PM
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Minimum $500 for a real bike. Stay away from department store nonsense. Go to an independent bike shop. Some reputable names:
Trek, Gary Fisher, Specialized, Giant, Kona, Jamis, Cannondale.
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You can get a full suspension mountain bike of quality for under $500.00.
Not happening. Only hard tails in that price range of decent quality.
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Agreed. Buy a decent bike and you will enjoy it much more. Another thing to consider is buying a quality used bike where someone is upgrading. This summer, I bought a Trek Hybrid which was 3 years old, but well cared for. New, this bike sells for $850 and I paid $300.

Take a look on Ebay for bikes local to you where you don't have to worry about shipping. Craigslist isn't a bad idea either.
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I've been riding a mountain bike for about 12 years now. It really depends on how seriously you plan to take it and the terrain you plan to ride on. I looked on a map to see where you live. I've ridden several trails in western NC and NE Georgia. If you are doing a fair amount of climbing, a light bike will help. I'm now 50 and most of my riding is what is considered cross country. For this, I don't need a lot of travel because I'm not hitting any big air.

I would definately say hit a good local shop. As you step up within a brand, everything gets lighter, but you may not notice the difference. You don't want the low end stuff because it will be heavy and fall apart if you are riding real trails. In my mind, the minimum is closer to $1,000 for a decent full suspension bike. You can certainly buy a bike for less if you are not that serious about it or the funds are limited. You can also spend well over $3,000. Over time it is just like boating, you are always looking for the next bike!

My current bike is a Giant NRS that is about 6 years old.

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I worked at a bike shop all during grade school, high school and college still go once a week to pick something up. This going to depend what you want to use it for. If you are just going to ride on a paved path I would go with a cross bike or comfort bike. I am tall so I could not find a bike on Craigs List. If you tell me what kind of riding you are going to do I can point you in the right direction. I have bought bikes of CL but everyone atleast needs a $50-$80 tune up.
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Bought a Specialized Rockhopper Comp a couple years back for $700 +-. Hard tail been very happy with it. Do a lot single track and trail riding with it's held up very well.
Also took it to the top of Killington Mt. and rode down 3x. Not sure I'd do that again on a hard tail but we survived.
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I rode a hardtail for about 3 years before upgrading. Down here in FL we have lots of roots and stumps. Having that rear suspension means not having to lift up and down as much.

The bike in my picture above was purchased as a demo on Ebay for about $800. New it would have been around $1,250. I've ridden Tsali several times and Flint Ridge, both in NC. Also rode Chicopee Woods, Fort Yargo and the Olympic Trail in Georgia as well as many in FL. It's a blast.
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Well I've got the opportunity to buy this for $1250 OTD with helmet and trail kit (basically tools to fix a flat on the trail). The bike is brand hammer new and it is coming out of a local shop. I didn't think much about the price because my friends are saying that is a great deal but when I told the wife.... Holy Crap.

http://www.cannondale.com/usa/usaeng...72-9VB5-Moto-5
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Looks good. Note that it is a 2009 model. I looked at the current models and it does not look like they still make it. I'd want to know why it was discontinued. From the looks of it, it is more of a downhill bike than XC. This may mean it will be harder to pedal up hills. Many trails up there have 1-2 mile climbs and a stiffer suspension will mean less bouncing. If you want the THT of mountain bikes, check out mtbr dot com.

When I was shopping, I found Giant and Specialized to be the lowest price given equal components. The Specialized FSR XC Comp is a nice ride.
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Show her this one. Tell her it was your next choice!

http://store.ellsworthbikes.com/cust...=CB%2D10080&eq=
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Originally Posted by the_gooch View Post
Not happening. Only hard tails in that price range of decent quality.
Look, he's only riding max 2X per week! I get the impression the OP is a casual rider not in need of a $1,000.00 plus bike!
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Originally Posted by mronzo View Post
Look, he's only riding max 2X per week! I get the impression the OP is a casual rider not in need of a $1,000.00 plus bike!
For real. I got lucky and bought a GT Mountain bike w/ full suspension and I-Drive for $300 from Dicks Sporting Goods. Couldn't believe it!
I've had it for 9 years now and it is TUFF! I put Bontrager rims and disc brakes on her last year and love them.
The guy's at my local shop (Bike Doctor) couldn't believe I got it new for that price.
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
Show her this one. Tell her it was your next choice!

http://store.ellsworthbikes.com/cust...=CB%2D10080&eq=
That's a negative GhostRider, the pattern is full....
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The quality of a bike should not be determined by how often you ride it, rather how you ride it and for how long. Not being disrespectful to the OP, but alot of people think there are only two types of bikes....mountain or road, which most still refer to as 10 speeds. Until you spend some time in a "real" bike shop, not Walmart or Sports Authority, most don't realize the differences between a true mountain bike vs a hybrid. After they are educated, most discover they really want a hybrid rather than the aggressive riding position of a true mountain bike, unless they are buying it for the purpose of true off road riding.There is a noticeable world of difference between a $500 bike and a $1,000 one.....not so much of a noticeable difference between a $1,000 and $2,000 one though.
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
Looks good. Note that it is a 2009 model. I looked at the current models and it does not look like they still make it. I'd want to know why it was discontinued. From the looks of it, it is more of a downhill bike than XC. This may mean it will be harder to pedal up hills. Many trails up there have 1-2 mile climbs and a stiffer suspension will mean less bouncing. If you want the THT of mountain bikes, check out mtbr dot com.

When I was shopping, I found Giant and Specialized to be the lowest price given equal components. The Specialized FSR XC Comp is a nice ride.
I know $hit about Mountain Bikes other than I want one that I don't want to get rid of for 3+ years. I was also thinking about why it's discontinued, I'll ask but I don't expect to get a real answer. Thanks for the info on mtbr, I've been burning it up today.

A friend just bought this for $1600 with some extras last Thursday and he is willing to trade me straight out for this cannondale if I buy it and if I want to trade. Heck, how long would it take me (rookie) to know which is the better bike.

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...cname=Mountain
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Originally Posted by Just1more View Post
For real. I got lucky and bought a GT Mountain bike w/ full suspension and I-Drive for $300 from Dicks Sporting Goods. Couldn't believe it!
I've had it for 9 years now and it is TUFF! I put Bontrager rims and disc brakes on her last year and love them.
The guy's at my local shop (Bike Doctor) couldn't believe I got it new for that price.

Both of you make good points. I don't know what I need but I do know I don't want to upgrade components or the bike in the next 3 years. 2 days may turn into 4 days/week.
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I love going to my customer that has racks of $3500-$5000+ bicycles. The profit margin on those must be insane, they never complain about my bill.
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You want full suspension, good componets, and disc brakes, spend about 1,200 and get Specialized, you won't regret it. With a good bike the fun factor just goes up.
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