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Which entry Hardtail would be best?

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by DesertSand, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Mar 25, 2013 at 3:02 PM
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    DesertSand

    DesertSand [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys and gals,

    Which entry level hardtail mountain bike would you recommend and why? The bike will be used for hard pack trails/ road riding/ and small jumps(at some point). I used to own a trek 3500(great bike) until it was stolen a few years ago on base no less but I digress. Also price point is 550.

    Currently look at the following: cannonade trail 7, trek 3700, and the specialized hardrock. :notsure:

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Mar 25, 2013 at 3:13 PM
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    matadorCE

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    I just bought my first "real" mountain bike this past weekend. I went with a GT Avalanche 3.0. I rode some Treks (3900, Marlin, Wahoo) and they were nice but in the end the GT fit better for me and offered a lot of nice hardware for the price compared to the Treks.
     
  3. Mar 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM
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    those are all great bikes at that price ride each and find the one that feels comfortable to you.
     
  4. Mar 25, 2013 at 3:29 PM
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    Have you rode a specilized rock hopper yet? I had one and it was a great all around bike
     
  5. Mar 25, 2013 at 4:10 PM
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    Have not seen a hopper in person yet, looks sweet but it would be a little out of my range. A used one might be an option if I could find one.

    Forgot about Gt bikes... More to look in to haha
     
  6. Mar 27, 2013 at 3:12 PM
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    A hardtail is a good first choice for a mountain bike. One thing I'd look at is where the frame is made (I've cracked 2 tawaiianese steel hard tail frames) and make sure it has a good wheelset, otherwise you will be spending all your time and money truing your wheels after bagging about 5 rides.

    Personally I had a GT-Idrive as my first rig and it held up well but the wheelset went south in no time.
     
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