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New Mountain Biker

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by LBCdan, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. LBCdan

    LBCdan [OP] I got tiger blood.. WINNING

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    Hey TW MB enthusiasts! I recently moved to CT and want to get into mountain biking. I am looking for a bike and I am wondering what you guys recommend. I am 5'10" 160lbs. I am looking for a hard tail and a buget of under or around $500.

    I appreciate the input. :thumbsup:
     
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    I have a 2011 Trek Gary Fisher Collection Wahoo it's a little higher priced than what you want. I just got back into bikes.

    Look into the 2011 Trek Gary Fisher Collection Advance.
     
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    Here's a picture of my Gary Fisher

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    113tac Well-Known Member

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    ^ this

    i have the same bike and love it, if not, check out the trek 4300 or specialized hard rock. im sure giant and santa cruz and a few others make a good low price mtb
     
  6. LBCdan

    LBCdan [OP] I got tiger blood.. WINNING

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    Thanks for the input fellas. Any thoughts on getting a 26" wheels or 29"? It looks like 26" are gonna be obsolete soon. Also.. what kind of gear do I need?
     
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    Id say stick with 26". They will never become obsolete. The 29" wheels are over kill. Even on my Demo 9 i run 26" wheels. For gear get a good jersey, helmet, knee pads and a helmet cam ;)
     
  8. LBCdan

    LBCdan [OP] I got tiger blood.. WINNING

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    Thats good to hear. Every bike shop I go to the guys are saying 29ers only. Probably cause they are more expensive (fuckers).

    These are the ones that I am looking at ( I bumped my price range up a little..)

    Trek: 2012 Marlin, 2012 Wahoo
    Marin: Bobcat Trail, Bolinas Ridge

    Of course, I dont know all the companies to be looking at, but I am going to a couple bike shops this weekend to check some out.

    Helmet Question: Full faced or regular helmet?
     
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    yeah i dont ever think 26" wheels will become obsolete. its a riding style, just like fat tire, atleast thats the way i think of it.

    anyways...have you test riden one yet?
     
  10. LBCdan

    LBCdan [OP] I got tiger blood.. WINNING

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    I tested out a Marin bike the other day but I think it was a 29er
     
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    Oskie_78 Everything's BIGGER in TX!

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    I just got a 2011 Specialized Hard Rock 29er and I love it!

    go test ride some and find out what you like, good luck! :)
     
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    oh okay. definitely test out a 26er, it may be more or less comfortable. thats what it really comes down to. what type of riding do you plan on doing?
     
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    Hipster Nothing beats a Butter Shave..

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    Test ride is a great idea. Even if it's around your LBS. Even though some of the geometry of the components can change, the feel of the bike and the geometry of the frame is real important.

    99% of the stuff you'll do as a new rider can be done with your standard helmet. The full face is for serious hucking.

    26" wheels will always be around. 29" are becoming more popular, but they will never replace the 26" It's not the Beta/VCR/DVD/Blue Ray thing.

    Good luck and have some fun! With mountain biking, you can ride the same trail every day and it always feel different because the lines are constantly changing.
     
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    I vote Wahoo!
     
  15. LBCdan

    LBCdan [OP] I got tiger blood.. WINNING

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    I will. I am not gonna rush into and I figured you experienced MBers would point me in the right direction. I just moved to Groton, CT and am still getting familiar with the area. There is Bluff Point SP and a bunch of other SPs around here that have trails.

    I have been biking up in NorCal a couple times and have always wanted to get into the sport.
     
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    LBCdan [OP] I got tiger blood.. WINNING

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    Thanks for the input. I have been a couple times and almost gone face first into rocks (rookie). I had a blast when I went last and its a real rush flying down a mtn. :D
     
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    LBCdan [OP] I got tiger blood.. WINNING

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    :D
    Im test riding one on Saturday! They look pretty good and have great reviews. The difficult part for me is like shopping for a motorcycle. A 250 is a great beginner bike but in a year you will want something that goes a little faster...
     
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    I used to race motocross when I was younger I can answer those questions easier than about mtn bikes.
     
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    cool stuff, sounds like youve got a good plan. as far as helmet, i just use a regular helmet, but i will probably get a full face helmet depending on the terrain near my school next year
     
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    Trek is a good brand with good prices. Check out santa cruz too. For helmets stick with a regular one. I only use a full helmet when i use my downhill bike.
     
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