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Old 04-07-2011, 05:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

Im thinking i'm going to get into mountain biking this summer, I've tried mountain boarding but found it a bit restrictive in where you can actually do it i.e. you need a good hill or custome built tracks and then you need to carry the thing back up. I also found it too much of a pain to stop! Anyway i have a place called redhill just down the road and i loive in the forest of dean so lots of nice trails and woodlands.

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Forest of Dean Tourist Information Official Site

Ive obviously ridden bikes beofre and done plenty of gentle cycling but fancy trying it as an extreme sport.

So my question is what bike to buy. Ill be starting off just riding trails, small jumps and stuff but would like it to be able to handle slightly larger jumps and not break if i crash and burn occasionally.

My budget is around 350 and under i guess, cheaper the better but obv not to the detrement of the bike.

Done a bit of digging and found a few bikes that may be ok?

GT Avalanche 3.0 Cable Disc Mountain Bike 2010

Trek 3700 Disc Mountain Bike 2011

Mongoose Tyax Comp Mountain Bike 2010

Thiose are the sorts of bikes im looking at. Any help or advice please people?

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Old 04-07-2011, 08:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not gunna happen for 350.

The bikes you are looking at are made for very light trail riding....fire roads and such. They won't stand up well to even aggressive XC. If you take any of those bikes on big jumps like you are showing, they will break and you may be horrible maimed or die.

A decent all-mountain bike is going to $1500US and up for the bike and then you'd need full face helmet, pads, sticky shoes, gloves. I'd suggest you start off with XC riding and build up your skills before you start throwing yourself sky high. You can find decent entry level MTB for XC ~$6-700US.
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Aye i had no intention of hitting the bigger jumps. Just little kickers, 1 or 2 ft of air etc.

thanks for your feedback though, definately not gonna spend that sort of money without getting a feel for it first.
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1 to 2 ft, you'd probably be fine on those bikes. The shock might blow after a while though and it will be 33-35lbs which is quite heavy. Go on pinkbike and look for something used in a higher quality.
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thanks. Just had a look on pinkbike....I dont know where to start!!! lol. So many bikes!! What to look for?
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Keep an eye out on CL too. A buddy of mine picked up a sick full suspension Kona in basically new condition for $600. I was blown away. I've been out of the MB scene for awhile now, but wouldn't mind inching my way back in. Finding a deal like that would get me back in immediately.

It's kind of easy to find great deals on gear (skiing, snowboarding, biking, climbing, whatever) in CO though. Lots of people get out here thinking they're gonna be all hardcore and they go down to REI or some other gear shop and buy a shit ton of high end gear then a year later they realize they've used it about twice and that they're still the same coach potatoes that they were when they lived in Texas or Michigan or where the hell ever.
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I've had a good experience with my specialized hardrock. Didn't break the bank and although I don't do any kind of hardcore jumps, it has proved to be a pretty solid bike.
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Out of the ones you posted, I'd go with the GT, simply because it has more gear options.

Entry level bikes are meant for trail riding and maybe small jumps of under 2'. Don't get too crazy because those bikes are not meant to handle jumping or extreme downhill riding.

Things you should look for:
Rockshox forks are almost always better than anything by Suntour. Dart 1 pretty much suck though. The Dart 2 is better. Then 3. Rockshox Toras are a step up from that. They are number also. The higher the number the better.

The more rings on the cassette, the better. So 9 speed is better than 8, etc. It just gives you more gear options to get up and down the hills.

As for derailers and shifters, most are made by Shimano or Sram. Shimano from decent to best goes Deore, SLX, then XT. Sram counts up. So x4, x5, x7, x9, x0. In your budget, you will find the lower stuff.

If you haven't checked out mtbr.com, you should. It is a mountain biking site with tons of knowledgable people.
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Some things to keep in mind.

1. If you buy a downhill bike, you must realize that they are heavier then shit and made for primarily going downhill. So if your riding trails that go up and and down, or have decent climbs, your going to be huffing and puffing.

2. Regular front-suspension bikes will take you anywhere, but you get hella beat up if your riding really rocky terrain. I have a 4-5 year old Ironhorse MTB and riding that thing down some of Schweitzer's downhill trails during the summer is painful. It does fine on technical single-track rocky sections though as long as you slow down.

I don't know MTB's that well to be honest, but if you want to use it for the long haul, I would definitely spend on the upper end of 350 Euro's. In the states, 500-600 USD will get you a pretty decent trail bike.
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Thankyou for the feedback.

Ok so it looks like i want a trail bike. I will be mainly using it for forest trails, the odd tiny jump and thats about it. What should i be lloking for?

I guess a hardtail, not too heavy with as many gears as possible?
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