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gmore10 01-02-2013 11:34 AM

mtb recommendations?
sounds werid asking this question now but i tore all four ligaments in my knee so im sidelined for the snow season this year. Any dont want to break the bank have a 1000 buget want to get something for the summer good pt. Anyway big dude 6'2 260 prefer full suspension and 29 in ers? give me your thought was looking at the diamondback recoil mostly ride downhill

mojo maestro 01-02-2013 12:06 PM

Gonna be hard to find a quality, full squish 29er at that pricepoint.

SJ10 01-02-2013 12:34 PM

Agree with the above. I'd look at something in the used market, lots of good deals in that area. I'd also consider staying with a 26", especially at your size and price target. Something a little stronger like a Specialized SX Trail might be good if you're looking to do some downhill as well.

wrathfuldeity 01-02-2013 02:43 PM

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.

everest 01-02-2013 03:55 PM

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's buy and sell section, there are some killer deals to be had if you can sift through the BS.

gmore10 01-02-2013 05:12 PM

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.

everest 01-04-2013 09:04 PM

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$.

gmore10 01-04-2013 10:05 PM

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

Tech420 01-04-2013 10:24 PM

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:

mdmike 01-05-2013 09:29 PM

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

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