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Been thinking about getting into this, you guys know of any retailers (off/online) with decent prices on MTB? Saw a few at Dick;s Sporting Good store....but their equipment tend to be overpriced .

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Try the google product search Google Product Search

I bought a polaris mountain bike I found on there, it was only $200 something and it seems decent, I mean its light and has what seems like a decent suspension, although I haven't gotten to try it out a whole lot yet since I only got it in December and the trails suck this time of year
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Downhill mountain biking + big box retailers = failure. If you read the manual on most bikes you get from these they aren't meant to be ridden off-road, let alone downhill. Look for a good local bike shop. There is a big difference between a downhill bike and a mountain bike (cross-country, all-mountain, trail). A decent downhill bike for use in parks are going to range anywhere from 2-8K+. You can get a good used hard tail for $600+. Check out Mountain bike product reviews forums classifieds trails

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I ride mostly cross-country & all-mountain off-road and train with road riding. Snowboarding was a way to keep adrenaline pumping and me active during the colder months, but it has become an addiction rivaling mountain biking passion. Damn good thing their seasons fit together perfectly, it would be hard to choose. And they are great cross-trainers for each other, I road my bike for the first time in 2.5 months tonight and didn't see a drop in my output, was never tired while boarding even from the get go.

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Thanx for the links....dont think i want to spend more then $300. Probly start with xcountry/all mountain riding...guess i stepped in the wrong thread..:rereads title:.

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I have been riding for a couple years. Heres a helmet cam of me at my local mountain (Mt. Washington). One of the hardest trails. Me infront and my friend filming
MT Washington Back in Black Video - Pinkbike.com
I have also been to whistler a few times
Ill post up some pics tommorow
I love Mount Washington. Lived in Campbell River for 11 years. Boarded up there all the time. Great year for them this year as they have the most snow in all of BC. I have been riding for 9 years, I have riden DH at Whistler, but I do Park / DJ since where I live now is pretty far from whistler; even though north shore mountains offer downhill. Great sport but like everyone has posted its an expensive sport. My hardtail was 1700.
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Thanx for the links....dont think i want to spend more then $300. Probly start with xcountry/all mountain riding...guess i stepped in the wrong thread..:rereads title:.
Yeah mtb-ing can get pretty expensive...or just biking in general. At one point when I had my bmx, hardtail, and freeride bike...I probably had about $3200 wrapped up in the sport. Alot of guys just spend this on one bike. Just remember the more you spend, the better the bike will be. I wouldn't feel to safe on a lower end <$500 bike riding all mountain. Components on a cheaper bike can be pretty fragile and won't hold up to jumping, dropping, hucking, fast single tracks, or downhill. Save up some money and buy either an entry level freeride, downhill, X country, or dirt jump bike. You'll be happy you waited.
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Thanx for the links....dont think i want to spend more then $300. Probly start with xcountry/all mountain riding...guess i stepped in the wrong thread..:rereads title:.
with your price range i would go with something used or maybe a left over last years model lower end. stay away from places like dicks, sports authority and walmart. start searching on craigslist or something.

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Is it possible to get a solid starter bike for my price range and upgrade parts along the way?

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Most of the people I ride with have all determined over the years, your better buying a bike with the components that you want already installed, it comes out way cheaper. The only time we'll buy parts we want is if we want some niche product/group that we can't get from an oem bike setup. If this is your first bike and you're wanting to get into the sport, definitely check out used/demo bikes. Again hit up your local bike shop, most will resell an old demo bike at a pretty resonable price. I don't know of any shops around your part of PA.

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