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Old 10-27-2012, 03:27 PM   #1801
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ok so I'm thinking about getting into mountain biking and I'm wondering if one of you guys can help point me in the direction of a good beginners bike that is moderately priced.

I honestly have no idea what to look for in a bike
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:37 PM   #1802
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ok so I'm thinking about getting into mountain biking and I'm wondering if one of you guys can help point me in the direction of a good beginners bike that is moderately priced.

I honestly have no idea what to look for in a bike
First off what style of riding you plan on doing...? Right off the bat I would recommend a specialized enduro or any kind of "all mountain" style of bike...this way your not limited to xc style of riding. If you want to get into some more tec riding or jumping the enduro can handle it...
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:56 PM   #1803
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as cool as all the jumping and stuff like that looks and as fun as I gurantee it is I can't really afford to hurt myself due to work obligations so I'm looking more into just trail riding.

I'll look into the specialized enduro though...Thanks!
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:50 PM   #1804
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Hardtail is going to be best bang for your buck if you're committed to simple trail riding...probably a 29er
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:04 PM   #1805
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Hardtail is going to be best bang for your buck if you're committed to simple trail riding...probably a 29er
Would not recommend a hard tail for anything other than dirt jumping and 29ers are retarded...unless your riding in a straight line...very bad recommendation on both bikes for true xc riding....sorry for the bash.
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:18 PM   #1806
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Would not recommend a hard tail for anything other than dirt jumping and 29ers are retarded...unless your riding in a straight line...very bad recommendation on both bikes for true xc riding....sorry for the bash.
Coming from a guy recommending a $3.5k AM bike to a new guy.

You're right tho...world cup xc racers: Craig, stander, hermida, Schultz, kulhavy etc are stupid for riding retarded 29ers that their careers depend on.

How about the Olympics xc? Those retards on 29ers only got 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th etc..

I only ride 26", but i downhill and AM if I wanted an entry trail bike I'd absolutely look 29.
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:21 PM   #1807
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that specialized enduro is way more expensive than I thought it would be lol
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:23 PM   #1808
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You're right...world cup xc racers: Craig, stander, hermida, Schultz, kulhavy etc are stupid for riding retarded 29ers that their careers depend on.

How about the Olympics xc? Those retards on 29ers only got 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th etc..

I only ride 26", but i downhill and AM if I wanted an entry trail bike I'd absolutely look 29.
Exactly...world cup riders....moron!! I will take u on any day any time on your 29er...when u wanna meet up?! U in wa state? Let's do this!! Putting a rookie rider on a hard tail or a 29er....u are truly an idiot. Stick to subarus haole!
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:25 PM   #1809
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that specialized enduro is way more expensive than I thought it would be lol
Exactly. Like I said a hard tail is going to offer you the most bang for your buck. Cheap bikes have cheap inefficient suspension where as a hard tail in the same price point is going to get you better brakes, derailleurs, etc.
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:25 PM   #1810
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that specialized enduro is way more expensive than I thought it would be lol
Yeah unfortunately bikes are not cheap these days
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:26 PM   #1811
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Exactly...world cup riders....moron!! I will take u on any day any time on your 29er...when u wanna meet up?! U in wa state? Let's do this!! Putting a rookie rider on a hard tail or a 29er....u are truly an idiot. Stick to subarus haole!
Calm down kiddo. I don't ride a 29er if you took the time to read my post instead of acting on child like emotion. And haole..we do this on the mainland? Nappy time?
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:30 PM   #1812
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[quote=EnterTheDragon;38368088]Calm down kiddo. I don't ride a 29er if you took the time to read my post instead of acting on child like emotion. And haole..we do this on the mainland? Nappy time?[/QUOTE
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:35 PM   #1813
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Ive got an 2009 enduro that im selling for 1400. Its a size medium frame. Im 5'10". I think medium works for 5'7" to 6'. I need to work on the rear brakes since they squeal super bad. But it's been a great all around bike for me.

if you're looking to get started i think used is the best way to go. Price of entry is a lot less for something you're not sure if you'll like or not. 26" or 29" is all about preference i think. No right answer for individuals. Same with hardtail or full suspension. I personally prefer full suspension and 26" since that works for the type of riding i like to do.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:30 PM   #1814
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Exactly...world cup riders....moron!! I will take u on any day any time on your 29er...when u wanna meet up?! U in wa state? Let's do this!! Putting a rookie rider on a hard tail or a 29er....u are truly an idiot. Stick to subarus haole!
:Lol: Noobs. Lighten up Francis.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:58 PM   #1815
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:Lol: Noobs. Lighten up Francis.
Lol!!! Yeah I will lighten up when somebody besides Luke strobel can beat me down the mountain...
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:03 PM   #1816
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Lol!!! Yeah I will lighten up when somebody besides Luke strobel can beat me down the mountain...
Wow, it seems you're pretty awesome. You must be very proud.

I'm pretty awesome myself. We should hang out some time and be awesome together.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:34 PM   #1817
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Wow, it seems you're pretty awesome. You must be very proud.

I'm pretty awesome myself. We should hang out some time and be awesome together.
No doubt! someone tell Transition they're wasting time with Sternberg and Parsons and get this guy signed.
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:24 AM   #1818
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too much awesome on this page.

i like transition bike company. they're rad.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:22 PM   #1819
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^ lol.

As far as your 1st bike, I think it depends on your budget. If you have time, find some knowledgeable bike shops and talk to them about your needs.
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:02 PM   #1820
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I might consider renting the style of bike your interested in before you buy one.

When it comes to cost though I have watched friends go through bike after bike for various reasons. Forks stuck and suck, derailluers crap out, frames crack etc.

We ride pretty much every weekend rain/ shine.

What I am getting at is tat to some extent you get what you pay for. That being said I am a cheapskate so I wait and wait and buy trailing edge bikes.

My 2009 Ironhorse MKIII elite was an all XT bike with a decent fork rock shox revelation dual air, and no frills Monarch 3 out back.

It is a 5" trail bike that weighed in at 27lbs. I thought it was amazing and rode it for two seasons, replacing only tire,grips,bar,neck to favor a more all mountain setup. I bought that bike when randell Scott was selling them for 40% off so about 1900 out the door.

Two of my riding buddies bought bikes at the same time. ( there are more stories like this but these two were fairly recent ) one was a $1600 K2 Factory 4.0 and the other was a GT $1200 trail bike (4" FS) the GT model escapes me.

To make a long story shorter, my IronHorse runs fine today. I rebuilt the fork once after those two seasons an replaced a brake handle I broke off but other than that I just clean it lube it and ride it. My friend with the K2 went through three derailluers , his marzochi fork leaked and leaked and had to be sent back to Marzochi they told him it had a design flaw and offered to upgrade the internals for about $350. The rear shock needed rebuilding, his bottom bracket went. He went through about three chains etc etc... Suffice it to say if you use them a lot you pay upfront or in installations as the weaker components breakdown. Let's not even talk about that crappy GT, that thing is in a basement probably never to be ridden again. It just would cost more than it is worth to fix it's issues. My same buddy with the K2 got a 2011 Specialized Stumpy Evo, and has almost two seasons on it with zero part failures, and just new cables and cleaned lowers in front. Yes that bike cost him $3400 I believe but the fact that it doesn't break on the back side of Tiger is priceless.

Certainly maintenance plays a role as well, but I really do think better components hold up better.

There is a line somewhere though, I certainly can't see buying a 6-8k bike unless you are doing something where you need the slight edge that tech can get you.

I am sold on Fox suspension though. I bought a 2009 Jamis Dakar XAMII back in 2011 for my wife. It was a ridiculous deal I couldn't pass up. 60% off , I picked up for just less than 2k. After one "test" ride of that baby blue 6" bike I was sold on it and nearly two seasons of riding later it is going strong. 36mm Fox Talus are amazing, and he DHX 5.0 isnt far behind. I also like the hammershmidt and the dropper post. As usual I swapped out the bars,neck,grips. But everything else is the same. The frame is solid and the old MP3 is pretty damn decent. I don't miss my DWLink to much when the extra travel and slacker Geo give me so much more confidence and control.

That being said I am still watching and lurking for a deal on a Rock Mountain Slayer 70. I watched one get down to 2400 last year and nearly bought it.

Anyway that is my experience with lower end bikes for what it is worth.

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Old 10-28-2012, 09:36 PM   #1821
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ok so I'm thinking about getting into mountain biking and I'm wondering if one of you guys can help point me in the direction of a good beginners bike that is moderately priced.

I honestly have no idea what to look for in a bike
online research and helpful sites:

http://www.pinkbike.com/ Great place to find good quality used bikes.
http://www.mtbr.com/ Great for researching bikes, components, tire, etc... and find good quality used bikes.
http://www.mbaction.com/Main/News/Te...wher_4748.aspx this might help in giving you a good idea of the type of bike to look for.
http://evergreenmtb.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page info page on all the trails here in WA. Also go to this site's main page to find classes and group rides.

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Old 10-28-2012, 10:12 PM   #1822
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visit your local bike shop and talk, check stuff out. The right size bike is key. I'd also endorse/suggest a hardtail. You'll get better components at any price point compared to fully suspended choices at the same amount. I feel components do make the ride. Don't forget to budget for some basic gear too, it can add up but you don't have to go crazy.

I always promote spending as little as possible to "try" a new thing...once you get hooked you can upgrade and spend more then. Too often you'll see those "barely used" garage ornaments for sale on CL at a huge loss.....people think they need something high end and then don't really end up going. (those are great to score off CL btw)
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Don't forget to budget for some basic gear too, it can add up but you don't have to go crazy.
That is a good point. Depending on how aggressive you ride you can easily get a couple hundred worth of gear. Mountain bike shorts are pretty rediculous sometimes...
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That is a good point. Depending on how aggressive you ride you can easily get a couple hundred worth of gear. Mountain bike shorts are pretty rediculous sometimes...
The good thing is 2013 bikes and gear are debuting now, so 2012 stuff is discounted
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as cool as all the jumping and stuff like that looks and as fun as I gurantee it is I can't really afford to hurt myself due to work obligations so I'm looking more into just trail riding.

I'll look into the specialized enduro though...Thanks!
Specialized....meh. Lot's of better rigs out there. Especially if you buy a 1 year used model. I remember the day I realized "Snap monetarily I can't afford to get hurt". That was a horrible day. I grew up in Utah. You from there?

In other new I am fat and need some local (UW district) bros to ride with. Anyone looking to show me some local trails?
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