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Old 04-27-2013, 06:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default School me on mountain bikes?

Looking to get something entry level that i can progress on and use for a long time.

Shopping around the diamondback recoil 29'er has my attention.

Help me out?
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Old 04-27-2013, 06:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What kind of riding are you looking to do? I'm not super versed in mountain biking yet but have a Diamondback Response with similar components however it's a hard tail. One thing you will want to do if you buy the Recoil is replace the plastic pedals and possibly grips so factor that into your shopping. The suntour forks it comes with, while not exactly the most high end, have treated me well so far. The front forks do have preload adjustment but you can't lock it out for climbs. Others will probably have better advice on bike selection than myself, but wanted to give you the heads up on a few of the components/features.
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Mostly looking to do trail riding/off trail riding in the woods. Love being in the wilderness.
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Spend some money now. If not you will want to upgrade in 2 months..... Get the most you can afford. Go to a real bike shop where the people go ride locally. They should know what you really need to get started. My trails are different then yours. When I lived in south tx I was happy with a 29r trek hard tail that was $1300 new. Riding in the mountains in CO I really want something more all mountain oriented so I can xc and do a little dh. My local bike shop hooked me up last year with two new fuji out land 2.0 bikes for $2600 for both combined. They retail at $2800 each. This year I'm gonna pony up and get me and my son a specialized demo 8.... We really loved downhilling and can use the fuji bikes still for xc singletrak action.
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Is this what you wanna do?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zLuq...e_gdata_player
Or this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgC9-...e_gdata_player


Go with a real dh bike..... This is what I like.

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If you like this then a hard tail 29r is alright but a full suspension 29r is better. Try to find a deal or lightly used bike and Spend $2000 for something good
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First video doesnt seem to wanna work for me, but the second video is what im doing currently on a 10yr old huffy "mountain bike", its solid everything and is not fun to ride on rocky trails at all...so something full suspension is ideal.

Im on the same page as you with the "buy something great once and be done", i cant stomache spending over ~1k on a bike that ill generally be using as a summer "hobby", so that real slims down my choices.
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Shop craigslist for something lightly used. There are $4000 bikes up here being sold on occasion for $1000 in decent shape.
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I edited it so it's just the link.
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Spend some money now. If not you will want to upgrade in 2 months..... Get the most you can afford. Go to a real bike shop where the people go ride locally. They should know what you really need to get started. My trails are different then yours. When I lived in south tx I was happy with a 29r trek hard tail that was $1300 new. Riding in the mountains in CO I really want something more all mountain oriented so I can xc and do a little dh. My local bike shop hooked me up last year with two new fuji out land 2.0 bikes for $2600 for both combined. They retail at $2800 each. This year I'm gonna pony up and get me and my son a specialized demo 8.... We really loved downhilling and can use the fuji bikes still for xc singletrak action.
Was that a Cobia by chance? I had mine stolen even though it was locked with a $100 U lock...
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