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    Question Help choosing a ride?

    I have been zooming around the mountain on my snowboard all season long and now that the season is coming to a close I began to wonder what is next for me as I LOVE THE SNOW and always hate to see it go. Then a few fellow AZers suggested mountain biking, of couse the first thing that came to mind is "yeah sounds fun maybe I will just head up to the local walmart and pick one up to ride"......I was quickly told that would be a BIG mistake! I am a total newb when it comes to REAL MTN biking but loved riding my bike all over the place a few years back and would love to get into some more intense trail riding and such. I am looking for any suggestions anyone might have for a good starter bike that is not too stock but also not too over the top as I am pretty rough on equipment and dont want it to be too cheap but also not too expensive.....here is a breakdown of you may need to know to make any suggestions:

    -I am 5'7" and about 160 lbs (give or take)
    -want to spend prob no more than 600 but prob around 400-500
    -I want to be able to ride trails as well as some road riding (Kinda want something to slay it all)
    -Are disc brakes the best way to go? (I love goin fast...but wanna be able to stop when in trouble LOL)
    -Single, Dual, or No suspension...(assuming no suspension is a no go )
    -New or Used/Craigslist (Sketchy on used unless I got it from someone I could trust since I would not know what to look for, but would buy from a fellow AZer should they have a spare?)

    I really know NOTHING in detail about this sport other than hang on and pedal so any info or heads up on a good place to snap up a bike would be super appreciated...I'm a blank slate looking for help to find a way to enjoy my summer months on the mountains as well.



    Thanks in advance AZ
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    http://newingtonbike.com/product/fel...20-74822-1.htm

    Just found this one.....thoughts?
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    It's not an awful bike, but might only last a season of real trail riding. I would try and up your budget to around $700 to $800 if you want to buy from a bike shop. IMO that's the price point of a good upper end entry level bike that will last. If you buy online from a company like IBEX or BikesDirect you can get as much bike as an $800 bike from a shop. You just take a gamble on sizing.

    Tell you what, I have two bikes. You are more than welcome to join me on an easy ride sometime to see if you really like MTBg. Once you really know what it's like it may be easier to spend a little more. Or you may hate it and you just saved yourself $500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MR. evil View Post
    It's not an awful bike, but might only last a season of real trail riding. I would try and up your budget to around $700 to $800 if you want to buy from a bike shop. IMO that's the price point of a good upper end entry level bike that will last. If you buy online from a company like IBEX or BikesDirect you can get as much bike as an $800 bike from a shop. You just take a gamble on sizing.

    Tell you what, I have two bikes. You are more than welcome to join me on an easy ride sometime to see if you really like MTBg. Once you really know what it's like it may be easier to spend a little more. Or you may hate it and you just saved yourself $500.
    Jonnypoach is still riding his POS bike he got from the dump, he never did anything to that trek hardtail greg gave him..Let me see if hes gonna do anything with it..I think it needs a little work

    steveo

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    Quote Originally Posted by MR. evil View Post
    It's not an awful bike, but might only last a season of real trail riding. I would try and up your budget to around $700 to $800 if you want to buy from a bike shop. IMO that's the price point of a good upper end entry level bike that will last. If you buy online from a company like IBEX or BikesDirect you can get as much bike as an $800 bike from a shop. You just take a gamble on sizing.

    Tell you what, I have two bikes. You are more than welcome to join me on an easy ride sometime to see if you really like MTBg. Once you really know what it's like it may be easier to spend a little more. Or you may hate it and you just saved yourself $500.
    LOVE the idea, we just gotta get a when and where all setup, I live in New Hartford, CT and have Wed and Thurs off, when I'm working I work nights leaving for work around 2 or 3pm. So hopefully we can work something out...

    Quote Originally Posted by powhunter View Post
    Jonnypoach is still riding his POS bike he got from the dump, he never did anything to that trek hardtail greg gave him..Let me see if hes gonna do anything with it..I think it needs a little work

    steveo
    Not afraid of a lil work, just might need the info on how to do it or whats needed, but that could be a way to go.

    These are exactally the kind of posts I was looking for....AZ is a great community and I am STOKED to be a part of it.....keep it comin cuz the tax refund is getting back soon and will be burning a hole in my pocket!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MR. evil View Post
    It's not an awful bike, but might only last a season of real trail riding. I would try and up your budget to around $700 to $800 if you want to buy from a bike shop. IMO that's the price point of a good upper end entry level bike that will last. If you buy online from a company like IBEX or BikesDirect you can get as much bike as an $800 bike from a shop. You just take a gamble on sizing.
    I agree with pretty much everything said here.

    On the bike posted above I wouldn't expect too much good out of that fork in particular. The rest of the bike would probably be okay.
    Brian

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    I have a 200?(come on Bvibert help me out) Specialized Rockhopper I'm looking to sell since I don't ride it any more. It's nothing special, but will at least get on something to see if you want to spend the more money on something better.
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    Trails still need a couple of weeks to dry out. But once they do we can hook up for a ride. I live in W Mass but ride in CT allot. The West Hartford Rez would be a good spot once it dries or Penwood in Simsbury which dries really quick. We could also do Nass as it has some good easier loops.

    The bike I was thinking you could use is my HT, but it only has 9 gears and may be hard for you on the climbs. I have no problem letting you ride my FS rig, but that may be very bad for your wallet

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    Quote Originally Posted by o3jeff View Post
    I have a 200?(come on Bvibert help me out) Specialized Rockhopper I'm looking to sell since I don't ride it any more. It's nothing special, but will at least get on something to see if you want to spend the more money on something better.
    2005:
    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...005&spid=21458

    Nice bike, probably slightly better fork than that Felt listed above. It would make a fine first bike to see if you're into it.
    Brian

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    I just saw that your only 5'-7" tall. My FS rig will be too big for you, but you might be able to ride my HT as it has really low stand over.

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