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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-09-2013, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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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.

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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.

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