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Re-newed Noob....entry level mountain bike to get started on?
« on: September 16, 2009, 01:24:06 PM »
Hi all....

Ive been off a bike for a long time, was pretty big into the scene when I was younger. Had a basic rigid Schwinn Sierra back in '95 or so that I rode to death.

Here I am 13 years later and wanting to get back on a bike for some cardio work and some fun.

Its been a long time since Ive been on the scene, so I havent kept up with changes, etc. My bike then had STX components, which Im not even sure are still around.

Was curious if yall could give some opinions on a good entry level bike for me to get back on to. Ill list out some things...

Im 5'9" and 175lbs...would think I need around a 19" bike/Large bike or so.
Id want at least an aluminum frame, hard tail, and a shock front would be nice.
Looking to be <$400 or so.

The Specialized HardRock seems like a pretty good setup in that range.

Im not opposed to a used bike either if I could get a nicer one than new for around the same price range.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

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Re: Re-newed Noob....entry level mountain bike to get started on?
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2009, 03:10:02 PM »
Hi and welcome back to the sport.
 At 5'9 I would say that you may need a medium frame.  It is in your best interest to get fit to the size you need at your local bike shop, if they offer that service. Most do.
 
 Hardtails with front suspension come in entry level, intermediate, and race level.  Entry level there are some choices in that price range. Intermediate, or a bit more durable fork, you'll probably be looking around $500/$600.  If this digs into the budget too much there are some good used buys out there and advice will be all across the board here, but parusing through you will find good information.

Components wise I wouldn't go with less than LX in Shimano, or X7 in Sram.  A lot of entry level bikes have the Rock Shox Dart fork which is okay, and your weight shouldn't be a factor, but likely the single most important detail is buy the most quality that you can afford.  In the bike world price directly reflects durability and quality - for the most part.  Example by that I mean dollar for dollar I can't see the need for XTR over XT unless you have the cash to spend and want it.

First and foremost is fit.  If the bike doesn't fit properly (correct size for you) no amount of components will make it right.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Re-newed Noob....entry level mountain bike to get started on?
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2009, 04:03:44 PM »
Hi all....

Ive been off a bike for a long time, was pretty big into the scene when I was younger. Had a basic rigid Schwinn Sierra back in '95 or so that I rode to death.

Here I am 13 years later and wanting to get back on a bike for some cardio work and some fun.

Its been a long time since Ive been on the scene, so I havent kept up with changes, etc. My bike then had STX components, which Im not even sure are still around.

Was curious if yall could give some opinions on a good entry level bike for me to get back on to. Ill list out some things...

Im 5'9" and 175lbs...would think I need around a 19" bike/Large bike or so.
Id want at least an aluminum frame, hard tail, and a shock front would be nice.
Looking to be <$400 or so.

The Specialized HardRock seems like a pretty good setup in that range.

Im not opposed to a used bike either if I could get a nicer one than new for around the same price range.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

spend a lil more and get a rockhopper (better components)

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Re: Re-newed Noob....entry level mountain bike to get started on?
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2009, 04:27:08 PM »
Hi all....

Ive been off a bike for a long time, was pretty big into the scene when I was younger. Had a basic rigid Schwinn Sierra back in '95 or so that I rode to death.

Here I am 13 years later and wanting to get back on a bike for some cardio work and some fun.

Its been a long time since Ive been on the scene, so I havent kept up with changes, etc. My bike then had STX components, which Im not even sure are still around.

Was curious if yall could give some opinions on a good entry level bike for me to get back on to. Ill list out some things...

Im 5'9" and 175lbs...would think I need around a 19" bike/Large bike or so.
Id want at least an aluminum frame, hard tail, and a shock front would be nice.
Looking to be <$400 or so.

The Specialized HardRock seems like a pretty good setup in that range.

Im not opposed to a used bike either if I could get a nicer one than new for around the same price range.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

spend a lil more and get a rockhopper (better components)
Dis is true.  Also identify what trails you will ride and how hard you will ride them.  Makes a difference on the bike components - shock, wheels, brakes, gears - that you will want on it.

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Re: Re-newed Noob....entry level mountain bike to get started on?
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2009, 05:28:18 PM »
Thanks for the info so far. It will be used mainly for urban riding and possibly some single track stuff up here in NE Florida.

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Re: Re-newed Noob....entry level mountain bike to get started on?
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2009, 10:33:30 PM »
Welcome back

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Re: Re-newed Noob....entry level mountain bike to get started on?
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2009, 09:19:54 AM »
some used bike options: I would think most of these can be had for less then the asking price.
 
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http://tampa.craigslist.org/hdo/bik/1356185305.html
 
http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/bik/1370332637.html
 
http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/bik/1354224680.html
 
Or dual suspension, this is a large frame, but at 5'9" and this models low standover it may fit you well. I've had two of these.
Make sure to look for cracks under the swing arm.
http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/bik/1367359674.html
 
http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/bik/1368220270.html
 
http://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/bik/1366047084.html
 
http://tampa.craigslist.org/hdo/bik/1365711099.html
 
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Re: Re-newed Noob....entry level mountain bike to get started on?
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2009, 11:47:36 AM »
Great advice, Garry!

Also, this is definitely a good time to get a bike, as the 2010 bikes are becoming available and shops are trying to get rid of 2009 inventory. The shop I work at (University Bicycle Center) has several medium and large '09 Hardrocks (with and without disc brakes) on sale as well as Scott's Aspect and a couple Rockhoppers. I'm sure any shop you check will have great deals right now...
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Re: Re-newed Noob....entry level mountain bike to get started on?
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2009, 01:22:25 PM »
Craigslist for bikes around here is kind of lacking...well as far as mountain bikes in my range.   :D

Any suggestions for a shop here in Jacksonville?


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Re: Re-newed Noob....entry level mountain bike to get started on?
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2009, 06:43:02 PM »
I am in the same boat as you. I just got back into mtb riding myself. I used to ride a Trek 820 Mountain Track and it has held up well over all these years. So I went to my local Trek dealer in search of what new stuff they had.
I am about the same height as you and they hooked me up with a Trek 4300, I got the model without disc brakes. It has the mounts though for me to add them later. For my height he set me up with an 18" and I have been riding it every day since and it is great!
My total with came to just under $540.00, That includes tax, a different seat and a bottle holder set-up.
I am really pleased with my purchase and the comfort level of this bike is great. Its a bike that will hold up well and can be easily upgraded if my skill upgrades. LOL

Hope you find a bike that suits your needs as well.

http://www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/bikes/mountain_hardtail/4_series/4300/

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Re: Re-newed Noob....entry level mountain bike to get started on?
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2009, 06:54:18 PM »
Just goes to show- buy the most quality bike that you can afford and upgrade parts as needed, as all parts wera out sooner or later.
I still have my 1997 Gary Fisher Mamba.  The only thing original is the frame.  I won the first Squiggy race on this bike.


I am in the same boat as you. I just got back into mtb riding myself. I used to ride a Trek 820 Mountain Track and it has held up well over all these years. So I went to my local Trek dealer in search of what new stuff they had.
I am about the same height as you and they hooked me up with a Trek 4300, I got the model without disc brakes. It has the mounts though for me to add them later. For my height he set me up with an 18" and I have been riding it every day since and it is great!
My total with came to just under $540.00, That includes tax, a different seat and a bottle holder set-up.
I am really pleased with my purchase and the comfort level of this bike is great. Its a bike that will hold up well and can be easily upgraded if my skill upgrades. LOL

Hope you find a bike that suits your needs as well.

[url=http://www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/bikes/mountain_hardtail/4_series/4300/]http://www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/bikes/mountain_hardtail/4_series/4300/[/url]

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Re: Re-newed Noob....entry level mountain bike to get started on?
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2009, 10:05:06 AM »
I am in the same boat as you. I just got back into mtb riding myself. I used to ride a Trek 820 Mountain Track and it has held up well over all these years. So I went to my local Trek dealer in search of what new stuff they had.
I am about the same height as you and they hooked me up with a Trek 4300, I got the model without disc brakes. It has the mounts though for me to add them later. For my height he set me up with an 18" and I have been riding it every day since and it is great!
My total with came to just under $540.00, That includes tax, a different seat and a bottle holder set-up.
I am really pleased with my purchase and the comfort level of this bike is great. Its a bike that will hold up well and can be easily upgraded if my skill upgrades. LOL

Hope you find a bike that suits your needs as well.

http://www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/bikes/mountain_hardtail/4_series/4300/


Thats funny. My friend of mine bought a MTB about 6 months ago. I mentioned me wanting one yesterday and he offered up his since he doesnt ride it. Wants to go to a full rigid bike. Was surprised when he said it was a Trek 4300 and not some walmart bike. Hopefully I can check it out in the next few days and it fits. I can probably pick it up at a pretty good deal from him.

 

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