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Old 05-15-2011, 02:09 AM   #1
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What do you recommend for my first Mountain Bike?

I really want to get into a new hobby and ive decided it's going to be mountain biking. I have had a few bikes growing up, but these were just typical ones you can buy at cosco.

I'm looking for some advice in a good quality bike that would be good for me and because I feel like a total n00b I'm any tips would be helpful! price range would hopefully be aroun 300 if thats possible.

I have an OCD with things I buy and I would love if it matched the taco in color silver/black haha
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you can go to a bike shop and rent a mtn bike here. id see if you can do that there as well.itll give you a good idea on what youd like. bike shops will generally let you test a new bike also but its usually just around the parkin lot etc so it doesnt give ya a real good idea on how youd like it. they are a good place to start because of their knowledge once you have an idea what youd like try and find a decent used one. you night have to pay more than 300 bucks unless someone just wants to get rid of one that is takin up space. good luck to ya
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You get what you pay for. I'd highly recommend Norco
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once you snap the frame in half, it's time for an upgrade.
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well what type of riding are you looking to do? cross country, dirt jumping, downhill, street? this will narrow down to quite a few bikes
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I really want to get into a new hobby and ive decided it's going to be mountain biking. I have had a few bikes growing up, but these were just typical ones you can buy at cosco.

I'm looking for some advice in a good quality bike that would be good for me and because I feel like a total n00b I'm any tips would be helpful! price range would hopefully be aroun 300 if thats possible.

I have an OCD with things I buy and I would love if it matched the taco in color silver/black haha
Maybe get a well used bike for $300. I bought a budget trek 6700 for a $1000 new a few years ago and it doesn't compare to most of the bikes these guys have.
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It really depends on what type of riding you are looking to do and what trails and environment is around you so you can go enjoy. Price range is a little low for a new bike as you get what you pay for. Maybe a used bike is more in your market especially if this is a new hobby. Specialized, Transition, Giant, Kona.....would me my picks, each company seems to know what they are doing and have been for a while. Check out the buy/sell market on pinkbike.com and do some research as to what you really want to saddle up. Happy trails....
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Thanks for the input guys! Yeah i am probably going to pick up a used bike of craigslist, I just don't feel comfortable knowing if there is a realy problem with the bike even when its in front of me.

I will primarily be going on trails in my near by parks and camp grounds, nothing too extreme.
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so more xc and just recreational riding. i would check out trek. they make a good selection of bikes that will fit what youre looking for.
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You can't go wrong with a trek 4500 or greater on craigslist for a mountain bike. Depending on the trail terrain you may be interested in a cyclocross bike that with a quick wheel swap is a road bike, check out the Kona Jake and Jake the Snake.

My personal ride is a Redline Mono9 29er Steelframe with a Fox fork upgraded from a rigid fork. Personally loved the rigid fork but I got too aggressive and consistently chose a bad line, blew tires and bent rims. tons of fun on the most tame trails with no roots or rocks though, hard to those trails in NNJ.

I also have a Gary Fisher Erwin Cyclocross bike (steel frame) that I use on flat trails and road, although I wish I got the Salsa Fargo, it can take MTB wheels and tike a slightly more aggresive trail (loose rock, gravel)
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