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01-15-2013 07:26 AM
Extremo In that price range you're not going to find anything full suspension. And if you go used you're just going to waste your money (you don't want somebody elses used rear shock).

I'd recommend a hard tail to start out with. If you're down hilling with some cross country you don't need a FS bike. They're nice, but not really necessary, you're legs do most of the pumping and absorbing as it is. Unless you're legit DH'ing, FS is just a luxury.

If you're looking for a good freeride bike with a quality component package I'd recommend this. For the money you're getting a quality package. Plus the six-fifty wheel size is better than the 26 for speed but more manueverable than a 29er.

SixFifty: Jamis Nemesis 19"
01-09-2013 11:47 PM
jojotherider agree on having to go used. Just know that you're probably going to have to spend some money on maintenance early on. I find that a lot of times that bikes are sale because the maintenance was getting high enough to justify buying a new bike. that's not always the case, but I think its the case more often than not.

My suggestion would be to get a Transition Bottle Rocket. Build it big for a mini-DH or FR rig. Build it light for a burly AM bike. I went from a 2009 Specialized Enduro to a BR and love love love it. It jumps way better and surprisingly pedals better. I haven't had it on a rowdy DH track yet. I took the BR on a trail that has a random root sections. On the Enduro, I would just plow through it, but on the BR I would jump most of it. Its not a lightweight bike. Mine with coil rear suspension, 180mm coil totem, dropper post, all mountain rims with DH tires is 40lbs (vs my 34lb enduro). but it certainly hides the weight pretty well.

-joel
01-09-2013 10:03 PM
gmore10
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where are you going to be riding mainly Patapsco, Frederick watershed? if you are going to be going to Patapsco you don't need a full downhill set up. the closest place with a need for something like that is wisp which is a pretty good hike from where we are(I am assuming you are from Annapolis by reading one of your other posts, feel free to correct me if I am wrong). for Patapsco you will be fine with a hardtail with a nice front fork. it will be a little rough in some spots but nothing there that cant be done with a hardtail. there may be a couple drops here and there that you don't want to hit. I am accually getting ready to take the bike out tomorrow to a local park to get a workout and I am still trying to build strength in my knee from an injury about 2 years ago(had some set back after surgery). when you do decide to go riding get hold of me we can hit up a couple local parks
sounds good def could ride with someone with a similar injury. Any way i see now after looking into stuff that i really dont need full suspension, my buddies were pushing me too and i thought all i really needed was a hardtail.I actually live in crownsville just outside of annapolis but have some off the grid type trails that no one rides would def be down to show you sometime.
01-05-2013 09:29 PM
mdmike where are you going to be riding mainly Patapsco, Frederick watershed? if you are going to be going to Patapsco you don't need a full downhill set up. the closest place with a need for something like that is wisp which is a pretty good hike from where we are(I am assuming you are from Annapolis by reading one of your other posts, feel free to correct me if I am wrong). for Patapsco you will be fine with a hardtail with a nice front fork. it will be a little rough in some spots but nothing there that cant be done with a hardtail. there may be a couple drops here and there that you don't want to hit. I am accually getting ready to take the bike out tomorrow to a local park to get a workout and I am still trying to build strength in my knee from an injury about 2 years ago(had some set back after surgery). when you do decide to go riding get hold of me we can hit up a couple local parks
01-04-2013 10:24 PM
Tech420 First you need to figure out where you're going to ride most of the time and what those trails are like. If you're doing lift-serviced downhill then you'll likely want to look into 26" or 650B(27.5"). With a budget of $1,000 you're forced to look used if you want a full suspension. You may find a couple bikes somewhat around that price, but they will be stripped down garbage. You could hop onto a nice hardtail with that budget, but that goes back to my first point on figuring out where exactly you're going to be doing most of you're riding. Mountain biking is not cheap and only gets more expensive. Last year I went from a 26" hardtail to a full suspension 29er. COMPLETELY different bikes designed to do totally different things. Where I live now my hardtail is almost useless. I spent $3,000 on the bike plus numerous upgrades with a few more coming before spring. Probably spend close to $6,000 by the time I'm done and have it how I want.

Here is a somewhat recent pic:
01-04-2013 10:05 PM
gmore10 it was a diamondback sortie 3 honestly id say its the nicest bike ive rode but i dont wont to shell out 3 grand for a bike that might break
01-04-2013 09:04 PM
everest Yeah, after reading more into the AM oriented 29er's I can see the appeal for riding all over the mountain. I have yet to ride one personally as I ride nothing but downhill/freeride where the 26 is still reigning though the 650b is making a slow jump into that realm.

Which one did you ride? From my research the Norco Shinobi 29 and the Specialized Stuntjumper Fsr comp 29 would suit your needs perfectly except the price, used seems to be going for 1500-2500$.
01-02-2013 05:12 PM
gmore10 thanks guys ill check it out i know my budget is tight for something decent. I blew all my money on snowboard gear that i cant use this year. And i still on the fence weather i want a 26 or 29 most bikes i have rode were 26 but the 29 i rode was nioce.
01-02-2013 03:55 PM
everest Sorry to hear about your injuries man, that sucks you have to end your season. Best of luck with the healing.

The diamondback recoil looks like it would fit your budget well and your requirement for a 29'er, however it is most certainly a XC bike with the 100mm travel front and rear. That will have you feeling fairly beat up after a DH day and you will have to pick your lines well but it is certainly do able.

Depending on what your trails are like I would probably look into a 26" AM bike with around 160mm travel for a more downhill capable bike while keeping the ability to ride uphill. There are a lot more options in your price range for those in the new/used market.

Check out Pinkbike.com's buy and sell section, there are some killer deals to be had if you can sift through the BS.
01-02-2013 02:43 PM
wrathfuldeity idk, not a dhller, but at that size you will want something beefy, dual crown and the like. Check in on "pink bike", my daughter got her spec demo 7 used for $1200 (a steal) cause the gal was havin a baby.

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