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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by gmcunni View Post
    thanks for the Ibex links, for the records, i'm not too leary about buying online. biggest concern is picking the size of the bike without physically being able to try it on.

    That is a legit concearn. I happen to know enough about bike Geometry that is was easy for me to know what would fit well. What I did to be sure was I went to bike shops and found a few bikes that fit well. Then I compared to geometry to the ibex bike. They were all really close and I knew it would fit.


  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by gmcunni View Post
    what's the difference between those sold @ dicks vs. a bike shop? do they use lower quality components for the retailers?
    They could but I do not believe they do. You are not really in market for super dooper bike. What you can get for the price at dicks a small guy just can not compete . Top that with dicks return policy. Just saying chek them out after you know what you are looking at.

  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by tjf67 View Post
    Just saying chek them out after you know what you are looking at.
    no doubt. dicks is one of those places i can go and just wander around drooling over all the stuff i'd love to buy !!

    checking dicks website i don't see iron horse listed under mountain bikes. I do see the mongoose though.

  4. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by tjf67 View Post
    They could but I do not believe they do. You are not really in market for super dooper bike. What you can get for the price at dicks a small guy just can not compete . Top that with dicks return policy. Just saying chek them out after you know what you are looking at.
    Went to Dick's today in the Milford (CT) mall. they did indeed have Iron Horse as well as Diamondback bikes on display. (not to mention schwinn, quest + several others i hadn't heard of)

    The IH was a HT for $299. it felt a bit big for me. Standing over the center bar was snug.
    The DB was a FS for $350. I didn't bother writing down the models but when i went to the DB site later i think the one @ dicks was a mission03 (modified for dick's, i'm sure)

    Both bikes seemed Ok but i reallly have nothing to base that on. They didn't "feel" much better than my schwinn HN but i other than sit on them, ride 15 feet and squeeze the brakes (both were disk and felt soft) i didn't do much.

    Heading to my local shop one night this week to see what they have.

  5. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by gmcunni View Post
    The IH was a HT for $299. it felt a bit big for me. Standing over the center bar was snug.
    The DB was a FS for $350. I didn't bother writing down the models but when i went to the DB site later i think the one @ dicks was a mission03 (modified for dick's, i'm sure).

    For that price those bike are probably really low end. As a rule of thumb you cannot touch an trail worthy hardtail for under $500 and that is the lowest you want to spend. If you just want a bike to ride around the neighborhood on and occasionally venture off on some really melow trails. one of those bikes may be ok. But they will not hold up to any kind of regular trail riding. Next time you look at bike take some notes. Write down what components they have (derailers, brakes, cranks,) and what kind of fork. Make and model for all of the above. Then post the info here and we will give you some advice. Or see if you can find the bikes specs online

  6. #26
    as a rule of personal prejudice, i would stay away from diamondback. We recently got a DB FS into the shop that was totally fucked. A complete replacement of every part of the drivetrain later, and it still had major problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MR. evil View Post
    As a rule of thumb you cannot touch an trail worthy hardtail for under $500 and that is the lowest you want to spend.
    I don't think my Jamis cost much more than $350 and it seems to ride okay, although I'm still not pushing it too hard and I don't know what the longevity of the bike will be.
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  8. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    I don't think my Jamis cost much more than $350 and it seems to ride okay, although I'm still not pushing it too hard and I don't know what the longevity of the bike will be.

    If you ride regularly you will start to find parts wearing out very quickly on a bike at that price point, or just breaking. Seeing how you are just getting back into things ride that bike till it falls apart, and try not to put too much money into it. After a season of regular off road riding on it you will probably need a new bike. The frame will be fine, but the wheels, fork and components will be trashed, and it not worth replacing that stuff on a low end bike. It will cost more than the bike cost new.

    I know it may not sound like it, but I am far from a bike snob. I bought my current bike from a company that only sells bikes online and at a really cheap price and I actually get the occasional crap from bike snobs on the trail "hey, nice internet bike". But the components are all top notch and that is what counts. Now Randi's Marin HT cost a little over $600 on sale last summer. With in a month plus of regular technical riding I had to replace both the front and rear der's. I got a smokin deal on some XT stuff and now the bike shifts great. But with her current setup her bike rivals something at an $800 plus price point.

  9. #29
    Quote Originally Posted by gmcunni View Post
    Went to Dick's today in the Milford (CT) mall. they did indeed have Iron Horse as well as Diamondback bikes on display. (not to mention schwinn, quest + several others i hadn't heard of)

    The IH was a HT for $299. it felt a bit big for me. Standing over the center bar was snug.
    The DB was a FS for $350. I didn't bother writing down the models but when i went to the DB site later i think the one @ dicks was a mission03 (modified for dick's, i'm sure)

    Both bikes seemed Ok but i reallly have nothing to base that on. They didn't "feel" much better than my schwinn HN but i other than sit on them, ride 15 feet and squeeze the brakes (both were disk and felt soft) i didn't do much.

    Heading to my local shop one night this week to see what they have.
    Geez you are really looking at the bottom end bikes. You should just put the money into your old one if you are going that low end.

  10. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by gmcunni View Post


    The DB was a FS for $350. I didn't bother writing down the models but when i went to the DB site later i think the one @ dicks was a mission03 (modified for dick's, i'm sure)


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    I missed this earlier. Any full suspension bike that cheap is a toatl peice of crap. You cannot touch a FS bike for under a grand, and even at $1000 you are talking a low end FS.

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