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Old May 15th, 2007, 07:20 PM   #21
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How tall is your skinny ass? I have a nice bike I am selling for dirt cheap. Prolly listing it on the interweb in the next few days. Its a large frame, full suspension Ibis with all XT derailures and blingy shit. Ill post a link later.

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Old May 15th, 2007, 07:22 PM   #22
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Hey General Lee
Check out this bike
http://www.mmba.org/viewtopic.php?t=60300

Thats a pretty good price on a nice bike...
How tall are you?
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Old May 15th, 2007, 07:30 PM   #23
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I agree on the full suspension. Unless you're hauling ass down the mountain all the time, you really don't need it. I myself wouldn't buy one.

I've had my Diamondback since 97, before they went to shit. The key is good components. Cheap shit doesn't last very long.
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Old May 15th, 2007, 07:37 PM   #24
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I love my Specialized Hardrock. It's in your price range at around $400 and it's a very good bike. I've beat mine pretty good and nothing has broke unless you count the gay little reflectors on the front, they didn't last when I smacked a tree head on.

Here is a link to my bike
http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkM...sid=07Hardrock

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Old May 15th, 2007, 07:43 PM   #25
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I bought my Trek 3700 ( http://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/bike...d=1014600&f=18 ) from http://www.rochesterbikeshop.com/ These guys are great and really help you get fitted for what you need and your price range. Most bike shops you can get payment plans for bikes which I did not know otherwise I would have probably spent $1000 on mine instead of only $310. Since then I've spent probably $200 in upgrades so it really isn't a much cheaper hobby. Also get a free tune up card good for up to a year after you put your first 30 hours on it. Also plan on spending money on a decent helmet and biking shorts. The shorts help alot!
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Old May 15th, 2007, 07:47 PM   #26
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I bought my Trek 3700 ( http://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/bike...d=1014600&f=18 ) from http://www.rochesterbikeshop.com/ These guys are great and really help you get fitted for what you need and your price range. Most bike shops you can get payment plans for bikes which I did not know otherwise I would have probably spent $1000 on mine instead of only $310. Since then I've spent probably $200 in upgrades so it really isn't a much cheaper hobby. Also get a free tune up card good for up to a year after you put your first 30 hours on it. Also plan on spending money on a decent helmet and biking shorts. The shorts help alot!
Keep in mind that he wants to take it offroad, I wouldnt go less than a 4300, because everything less than that has single wall rims. I dont know about you, but I hate truing wheels.
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Old May 15th, 2007, 08:48 PM   #27
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How tall is your skinny ass? I have a nice bike I am selling for dirt cheap. Prolly listing it on the interweb in the next few days. Its a large frame, full suspension Ibis with all XT derailures and blingy shit. Ill post a link later.
I'm 6'1" BTW.

All of this stuff is a little overwhelming right now, but I was under the impression that I'd want something with something decent as far as suspension goes (I'm obviously new at this, but it seems like something without any suspension in the back would be a real PITA on a really bumpy trail).

Thanks for the input and advice, and please keep sending links to bikes!!!

Thanks again!!!

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Old May 15th, 2007, 08:49 PM   #28
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I'm sporting a Raleigh M80 these days. Pre-disc brakes, last of the made in the USA frames.

x2 and it holds up to my fat ass
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Old May 15th, 2007, 08:51 PM   #29
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Keep in mind that he wants to take it offroad, I wouldnt go less than a 4300, because everything less than that has single wall rims. I dont know about you, but I hate truing wheels.
Yeah I know. Thats what I bought mine for. I've taken mine to Pontiac Lake in Waterford multiple times. The 3700 has held up just fine.
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Old May 15th, 2007, 08:51 PM   #30
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http://www.mmba.org/viewtopic.php?t=60303

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Old May 15th, 2007, 08:52 PM   #31
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I'm 6'1" BTW.

All of this stuff is a little overwhelming right now, but I was under the impression that I'd want something with something decent as far as suspension goes (I'm obviously new at this, but it seems like something without any suspension in the back would be a real PITA on a really bumpy trail).

Thanks for the input and advice, and please keep sending links to bikes!!!

Thanks again!!!

-Jim
Decent suspension does not come with a $400 price tag. A MTB with no suspension really isnt bad, especially at fort custer. Just get a big front tire. Last time I was in Breakaway Bicycles in portage, they had some killer deals on last years models.
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Old May 15th, 2007, 09:32 PM   #32
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Decent suspension does not come with a $600 price tag.
BS, see my link.
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Old May 15th, 2007, 09:44 PM   #33
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Old May 15th, 2007, 09:49 PM   #34
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If you don't buy Green's bike, stop by

Kinetic Systems
60 South Main Street
Clarkston , MI 48346-1526
248-625-7000

They are pretty cool, and not far from Flint. I bought my bike from there when I was in college. I still ride, just not as much as I used to. My bro-in-law now does tune-ups on it, but I haven't to replace any major component on it, and I got in 93. Ouch.
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Old May 15th, 2007, 09:57 PM   #35
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Old May 15th, 2007, 10:44 PM   #36
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x2 and it holds up to my fat ass
x3 it's only got front suspension, but it is a great bike!!
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Old May 15th, 2007, 10:45 PM   #37
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Check out www.mmba.org and look in the classifieds. It is the Michigan Mountain Biking Association and there is always a decent priced bike for sale there. You could also venture into Custer Cyclery near the entrance to Fort Custer and talk to Dan. Tell him Kevin sent you. I was in there the other day and saw quite a few decent Giant and Kona bikes with stickers under $400.
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Old May 15th, 2007, 10:46 PM   #38
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CUSTER CYCLERY SELLS KONA?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
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Old May 15th, 2007, 10:48 PM   #39
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See...

I don't even know what's good or not.

I can go to a bike shop and give one a test sit...but that's about it (and even then, I'm not really getting a good idea of how much abuse it could take...hell, I only weigh 158 or so, the bike wouldn't even notice that I was there).
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Old May 15th, 2007, 11:04 PM   #40
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pretty much any entry level mountain bike would be fine. Trek, specialized, gary fisher, giant, kona.. the list goes on. they are all the same. One isnt better than the other, its all about rider preference.
Personally, I hate the fisher genesis geometry, other people swear by it.

I would seriously consider the bike in the link that I posted on mmba, or Mr. greens bike. The price he posted on this site has me thinking about scraping up some cash. thats a lot of bike for the money.

You said you are 6'1", so you probably have a 32-34" inseam? you would probably be happy on a bike with a 19-21" frame. I definately wouldnt go smaller than 19"

Any more questions, just post up.
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