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Old October 21st, 2008, 06:17 PM   #1
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I went looking at mtn bikes today at a reputable bike store, I haven't had a bike since I've had my license. I know I want something that I could take down trails/through the woods, but that was about it. The sales guy tells me about Holdridge Lakes Area and what he described sounds great. Then he shows me the bikes that "are needed to tackle a place like that", for an example the Rockhopper was one of them. To me they/it looked just like the ones that are $150 - $250 less. My questions 1: do I need to spend $600 for a bike to enjoy everything at H L A 2: what's the differences in bikes to make them so different.
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Old October 21st, 2008, 06:30 PM   #2
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with bikes they are like anything else you get what you pay for. you will notice a huge difference in the quality of shifting and suspension. in the long run is when you will notice the biggest difference though. (at least in the price range difference you are looking at) you ride a quality bike for a season and it will be all good but if you ride junk it will be junk. $500.00 is generally the line you dont want to go under if you are going to trail ride it. you dont really start to get into quality until you hit the 1000 to 1500 mark.
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what size do you ride, or how tall are you? i might be able to find a good used one.
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I went with a cheap bike & it sucks. Buy a good bike & it will last a lot longer & they are less work to ride. If a good bike is out of your price range you might want to look at used bikes.
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The other, less expensive bike was a Specialized, but had a different fork/shock (RTS I think), the sales guys' hang up was in the shock.
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what size do you ride, or how tall are you? i might be able to find a good used one.
not sure on the size, I'm 6'2" and my wife is 5'5"
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in my opinion a trek is the best bang for the buck you will find with the best warranty.
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6'2 you will ride between a 19.5 and a 21, it depends on your style. i am 6'2'' and i like a 19.5 because it is more nimble but most people would fit me to a 21. if you spend 500 you can get a nice women specific bike for your wife (no not the low top tube ones) she will probably ride like a 16.5. they have shorter top tubes, shorter throw brakes, different seats, all designed to fit a women better. i will call the shop i used to work at and see if they have anything if you want. i can do it tomorrow.
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i will call the shop i used to work at and see if they have anything if you want. i can do it tomorrow.
sure, also where is it located? I've only been to one shop and that's not enough for me. I spent 2 months researching before buying tires for my Jeep.
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they are in rockford (15 min north of grand rapids) but they can ship something if they have a smokin good deal.
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If you want to ride Holdridge, I would buy the bike with the best component group
you can afford. Don't go cheap on brakes, shifters and derailers. Holdridge is very tough
on equipment. There are a lot of tough climbs and obstacles and cheap components
will show their true value in these situations. I would worry more about the component groupo over the F/R suspension. Just my $ .02
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If you want to ride Holdridge, I would buy the bike with the best component group you can afford
Holdridge was just an example, when the guy told me what was there, it sounded like a Jeep trail; slow going, like a trials course. I'm not sure if I'd spend that much time there or not. I'm very new to this type of riding, but I've thought of selling my Jeep and this sounds like it could be as fun.
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i am still old school and i like hardtail steel bikes with rim brakes. my ideal bike is still a voodoo with xtr and a sid race fork. not the new voodoo's either they suck but the ones from 8 years ago and before.
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you will be hooked once you do it. if you get a chance go down by battle creek and ride fort custer it is an awesome trail. and i agree with bigblockcj buy the best you can afford. you wont be dissapointed!
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is there anywhere I can go and rent and ride some trails?
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around me there is nothing. i think that is going to be pretty hard to come by. i ride mostly road now, i sold my last mountain bike, if i still had it i would let you take it and try.
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find the best bike you can afford, then borrow $500 and upgrade.
Ride a bunch of bikes. materials, geometry,they all feel different.
Go ride a Ti hardtail then try and be happy with anything else...
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Go ride a Ti hardtail then try and be happy with anything else...
I have no idea what that is.
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I've ridden holdridge a fair amount. Its nice.

I rode a lot in the UP on much harsher terrain.

I rode a Trek 4900 that I paid $500 for, I beat the ever living shit out of that bike. You are more then welcome to come and see what a $500 bike rides like after being shit on for 5 years. Very infrequent maintenance and tune-ups.

My opinion, you need to spend at least $500 to get a decent bike.
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I have no idea what that is.
titanium frame, no rear suspension
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