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Old July 19th, 2009, 10:52 PM   #1
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I've decided i want to spend the money on a REAL bike. I want something with disc breaks and front suspension (preferably with the lockout option). I will be mainly hitting light trails, doing some dirt road riding, and riding to class. I am not looking to really spend anything over 450.00. It looks like Diamond Back and Fuji are the best bang for the buck from what i have seen, but i would like some opinions from people here.

I am very new to mountain biking so any advice would be helpful. We have a pretty nice shop in Ypsilanti that said they could get me this http://ypsilanticycle.com/itemdetails.cfm?libid=52684 for under $400.00 OTD

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Old July 19th, 2009, 11:08 PM   #2
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i know my dads mongoose xr200 is a nice bike n so is my moms they have u breaks on my moms bike my my dads is disk but i think there bikes were around 200 300 somthing like that i took my moms off a 20ft motocross double n it held up
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i know my dads mongoose xr200 is a nice bike n so is my moms they have u breaks on my moms bike my my dads is disk but i think there bikes were around 200 300 somthing like that i took my moms off a 20ft motocross double n it held up
Those are piece of shit department store bikes. DO NOT BUY A BICYCLE FROM A DEPARTMENT STORE!


My advise is to ride a lot of bikes in your price range, and buy the one that you like best. Look at Trek, Specialized, Giant, Felt, Cannondale, Gary Fisher, etc.

Personally, the disc brakes that come on bikes in your price range suck. I would suggest getting a solid bike, from a good manufacturer that has v-brakes. Pretty much all of the bikes from the major companies are a good bet.

Check out www.mtbr.com and www.bikeforums.net for more info. They will give you better info than you will get from this site.
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Old July 19th, 2009, 11:23 PM   #4
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hahahahah my rear hub on my pedal bike cost just as much as hes willin to spend on a bike dont tell me about department store bikes
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Old July 19th, 2009, 11:31 PM   #5
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Personally, the disc brakes that come on bikes in your price range suck. I would suggest getting a solid bike, from a good manufacturer that has v-brakes. Pretty much all of the bikes from the major companies are a good bet.

Check out www.mtbr.com and www.bikeforums.net for more info. They will give you better info than you will get from this site.

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hahahahah my rear hub on my pedal bike cost just as much as hes willin to spend on a bike dont tell me about department store bikes


Then why are you telling him Mongooses are worth considering in any way, shape, or form...
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Then why are you telling him Mongooses are worth considering in any way, shape, or form...


he said he dont wanna spend a shit ton of money n for what you pay for them there not to bad if hes gonna ride dirt roads i can ride dirt roads all day long on my bike just cost a lil more to buy parts for
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i have a giant yukon and it cost me 470 its a great bike disc brakes and all that jazz and once u hit a nice trail you will be willing to spend more than that but it is a great bike and will handle the tough stuff just fine.
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he said he dont wanna spend a shit ton of money n for what you pay for them there not to bad if hes gonna ride dirt roads i can ride dirt roads all day long on my bike just cost a lil more to buy parts for
other than the fact that they only come in one size, so unless hes lucky, it wont fit him, and he will hate riding it, because its a cheap piece of shit that doesnt fit.
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other than the fact that they only come in one size, so unless hes lucky, it wont fit him, and he will hate riding it, because its a cheap piece of shit that doesnt fit.


hahaha you crack me up i have more money into my bike then u do when u paid brand new for urs my rims alone cost more then half of what hes wantin to pay n i only ride on size cause its what i like BMX for people who know how to ride bikes
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hahaha you crack me up i have more money into my bike then u do when u paid brand new for urs my rims alone cost more then half of what hes wantin to pay n i only ride on size cause its what i like BMX for people who know how to ride bikes
huh, last time i checked, riding a bike had nothing to do with how much one spends on their bike. I don't currently ride an "expensive" bike, but I enjoy it. I would be willing to bet that I put more hours on my bike in a month than you do in a year.

Ive owned everything from a $3000 4" trail bike, to a $300 SS 29er. Its all abut the ride my friend, not how much you spend on them.
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huh, last time i checked, riding a bike had nothing to do with how much one spends on their bike. I don't currently ride an "expensive" bike, but I enjoy it. I would be willing to bet that I put more hours on my bike in a month than you do in a year.

Ive owned everything from a $3000 4" trail bike, to a $300 SS 29er. Its all abut the ride my friend, not how much you spend on them.

and BTW, my Chris King hubs w/ Flows cost more than your wheels.



hahahah ya my wheels are shot right now but dont matter how much u have into ur bike as long as u have fun but i bet u dont put more time on ur bike then i do i ride everyday pretty much all day beings i dont work n have nothing to do i ride bmx n street ride thats it thoe i dont ride trails my my 1 hub cost prolly just as much as urs did flip flop hub
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hahahah ya my wheels are shot right now but dont matter how much u have into ur bike as long as u have fun but i bet u dont put more time on ur bike then i do i ride everyday pretty much all day beings i dont work n have nothing to do i ride bmx n street ride thats it thoe i dont ride trails my my 1 hub cost prolly just as much as urs did flip flop hub
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hahahah ya my wheels are shot right now but dont matter how much u have into ur bike as long as u have fun but i bet u dont put more time on ur bike then i do i ride everyday pretty much all day beings i dont work n have nothing to do i ride bmx n street ride thats it thoe i dont ride trails my my 1 hub cost prolly just as much as urs did flip flop hub


Jesus Christ dude... Your grammar lacking cell phone ebonics is making my eyes bleed.


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looks like somebody failed english in school, or didn't even bother going.
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i just moved into michigan and currently have a cyclocross bike I used as a commuter in Boston. I too am looking to add a mountain bike to the stable. I have been searching in the 500-1000 range, but would like to offer this advice. If you get an idea what you want, take a look at craigslist or ebay. You should be able to find the size you need in the bike you want for way less money (by buying a 1 model year old, etc). I have bought 2 bike this way, both for almost half price and both came in nearly new condition. Lots of people buy bikes then they just take up space in the garage.

Im looking at the specialized rockhopper expert and a few gary fisher hardtails right now. All sticker near 1000 and most can be found in this model year or last for about 500-650 on ebay.

Just an idea. Good luck.
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Look at Trek also. Good bikes from there lowest level recreation models up to the pro levels. Also any good bike shop should fit the bike to you and ask them to throw in some free tune ups. You spend any real $ on a bike and u got to keep it in top shape to really get the most out of it.
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Go to www.mmba.org and look at their classifieds. Find something used - you can get a fairly good bike for $400 used and utter crap if it is new.

Things on the fuji that will suck:
brakes
fork
gears (even though they are shimano)

Buy used. If you're in the Ypsi area, try Two Wheel Tango. Tell them what you have to spend and tell them you trust them to show you a bike that fits you that isn't a piece of shit. Not sure who's on their sales staff, but go back to service and ask the mechanics what they would do with your coin. They know more about bikes than most sales staff, but lack the "interpersonal skills" needed to sell bikes.

IMHO, you should be looking for a used bike with a rigid fork, decent components and a seat that fits your ass. If you're starting out, you should develop the skills to pick good lines on a trail (rigid will force that), plus, you could easily pay $400 on a front shock all by itself (and an "average" one at that). The fork on that Fuji is a heavy steel/spring/pot metal nightmare that will only take away control and add weight. ( I had to have a fork on my first MTB years ago and learned what I am telling you now.

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