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Old 05-16-2005, 12:45 AM   #1
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Question Mountain bikers: Whats the best mid-range brand/bike?

I had a Schwinn back in '97 when they weren't so ghetto, it was "Home Grown", and I loved it. It had front suspension and V brakes just came on the market. I'd like to get something similar again, but I'm so far out of the loop that I don't know whats a good buy out there.
It will see jumps, large descents, and rocky terrain.

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Old 05-16-2005, 12:54 AM   #2
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Specialized has some nice mid-level aluminum frames. How much you want to spend?
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Old 05-16-2005, 12:57 AM   #3
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I'd say around $500.
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Old 05-16-2005, 12:58 AM   #4
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How much you want to spend?

That's the question right there.

For starters a Trek 820 retails for about $229. It's the least expensive "entry level" MTN bike. Aluminum frame, suspension, 21 speeds. Also in a similiar price range is the Gary Fisher Tassajara and trek 3700.
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Old 05-16-2005, 01:00 AM   #5
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You may want to look at the Specialized Hard Rock. For $500 you probably aren't going to get full suspension anyway. You should be able to get a Specialized Hard Rock (the new model comes in matte black) with decent components and disc brakes

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Old 05-16-2005, 01:14 AM   #6
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Ironhorse is always a good way to go. They're on sale at Supergo right now. A little more than $500 but look at all the stuff you get.
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Old 05-16-2005, 09:15 AM   #7
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Old 05-16-2005, 09:19 AM   #8
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$500 for a bike with a suspension fork that will be used for jumps and rocky DH? That bike doesn't exist, unless you want to replace it with another $500 bike every year.
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Old 05-16-2005, 09:20 AM   #9
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Was that a unified rear triangle suspension bike? Those were great if you are a seated rider/climber. As soon as you stand up the suspension is inactive. Otherwise a cool design.

For $600.00 you can get a nice aluminum frame Trek 4500.

http://www2.trekbikes.com/Bikes/Moun...4500/index.php
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Old 05-16-2005, 10:11 AM   #10
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Don't get a Krack-n-Fail.

C-Dale rider where are you?
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Old 05-16-2005, 10:13 AM   #11
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I'm partial to Konas. I think this will be my next Bike:



Kona Fire Mountain:
http://www.konaworld.com/shopping_ca...8&parentid=182
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Old 05-16-2005, 10:58 AM   #12
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Gary Fisher bikes! Well, they're very pricey even for their low end model. I got one like in '98 for about $500 and it's all aluminum with the ole rock shox up front.

Try this one. Pretty light weight, shox up front, $329

http://www.fisherbikes.com/bikes/bik...c&bike=Advance



This is at the $500 range

http://www.fisherbikes.com/bikes/bik...is&bike=Marlin


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Old 05-16-2005, 11:04 AM   #13
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I'm very happy with my 04 Specialized Rockhopper. $450 new, I believe.

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Old 05-16-2005, 11:33 AM   #14
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$500 for a bike with a suspension fork that will be used for jumps and rocky DH? That bike doesn't exist, unless you want to replace it with another $500 bike every year.
Agreed. You can get yourself a mighty fine hardtail for $500, but not a bike that's suitable for large descents. You could get a "dirt jumper" style hardtail, but those are no good for any normal riding, as the geometry is somewhat strange.

A bike that's gonna do everything you've asked, without crumpling or killing you, is likely going to be closer to $1,000.

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My specialized HR comp is still going strong, and although i am not a hard rider, i'm a big guy so its taken some punishment.

Downhill ... eh, i hate downhill. but uphill, burn mutha burn!
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Old 05-16-2005, 12:33 PM   #17
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I just asked this same question to a friend(who works at a shop repairing and selling bikes). He said forget the Specialized Hardrock and spend the extra dough on the Rockhopper.
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For 750 you could buy my badass marin that I have been trying to sell for a while because the shop sold me too small frame and I never ever ride it. :-)

Hydraulic brakes, 5in travel front shock(marzocchi DJIII)...mmmm...goodness.
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