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Offline jrc

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Help me find a good first bike!
« on: September 29, 2010, 09:26:40 AM »
I love to ride and have only owned cheaper schwinns up to this point. I have been saving my pennies and am
looking to purchase something of quality that I can hopefully build upon. I have read posts here suggesting
bikesdirect.com but I am curious if the frames/components are good enough to last or build upon. I plan on
purchasing a 29er as I am 6'4'' and like what I have heard about them. A local bike shop was suggesting I
buy a mid-price-range Giant from them that has an SL Aluminum frame(?) as they are the same frame as used
in the higher price bikes and that I could eventually upgrade the peices to what suits me. I have also been
trolling craigslist with little success. Are the Motobecane and Windsor bikes of bikesdirect.com nice enough to
last me more than a few years? I am looking at spending no more than $800.

Any additional advice would be welcomed.

Thanks for reading. Look forward to meeting some of you on the trails.

edit:my work computer doesnt seem to format these posts well. sorry!

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Re: Help me find a good first bike!
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2010, 09:43:12 AM »
I have a new 19" SS 29er Motobecane I'll sell you for $300.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/outcast29_x.htm

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Re: Help me find a good first bike!
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2010, 10:27:33 AM »
I have a ton of extra parts to make it fit like a glove. It's easily made for geared as well.  I  used the bike only a handful of times around the block and just got a Specialized Stumpjumper 29er.

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Re: Help me find a good first bike!
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2010, 10:44:30 AM »
It sounds like a very good deal I am only concerned with the size. I told myself that I'm tired of riding bikes that are too small for me.

You look like a big boy too, was this purchased for you? What size is the Specialized you just purchased?

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Re: Help me find a good first bike!
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2010, 11:39:20 AM »
Both are 19" frames. I like a smaller bike/short stem that's more manueverable and upright with my jacked up back. With a long stem/seatpost and wide bars you'd be surprised how well it would fit. I've seen lots of full grown men riding tiny 20" wheeled BMX bikes. You can always ride it then upgrade to a bigger and nicer bike down the road.

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Re: Help me find a good first bike!
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2010, 11:40:48 AM »
Rob Roberts, an accomplished competitive cyclist here on the forumz, has been riding HARD a motobecane he bought, i believe, from bikesdirect. I don't think he's had any problems and has been very happy with his purchase.


I say do it. Of course you wont look as cool in the parking lot compared to guys with their fancy Specialized and Ellsworth moneypits, but you'll feel just the same on the trail.
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Re: Help me find a good first bike!
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2010, 11:49:50 AM »
This is a lot of bike for the Money.. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fantom29pro_08.htm


I have not heard anyone complain about motobecanes

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Re: Help me find a good first bike!
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2010, 12:03:11 PM »
Good time to look at Gary Fisher for a deal.  I saved $500 on my Paragon by waiting until the end of the model year.  Now that GF is being changed over to Trek you should be able to find a smoking deal on whatever GF bikes they have leftover.  Supposedly a few folks have picked up Xcalibers for around your budget...that comes with a great Fox fork, good components, etc. 

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Re: Help me find a good first bike!
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2010, 01:31:09 PM »
Anyone ride BAMF's? Lifetime warranty sounds good..

http://www.rscycle.com/BAMF-Grappler-29er?sc=19&category=56

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Re: Help me find a good first bike!
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2010, 01:39:19 PM »
I have Giant and Specialized 29er in stock your frame size and can service any warranty needs better than bikesdirect and we supoort SWAMP as we have 5 team members that are paid Swampers how much does bikes direct support SWAMP? imo

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Re: Help me find a good first bike!
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2010, 02:29:29 PM »
I love to ride and have only owned cheaper schwinns up to this point. I have been saving my pennies and am
looking to purchase something of quality that I can hopefully build upon. I have read posts here suggesting
bikesdirect.com but I am curious if the frames/components are good enough to last or build upon. I plan on
purchasing a 29er as I am 6'4'' and like what I have heard about them. A local bike shop was suggesting I
buy a mid-price-range Giant from them that has an SL Aluminum frame(?) as they are the same frame as used
in the higher price bikes and that I could eventually upgrade the peices to what suits me. I have also been
trolling craigslist with little success. Are the Motobecane and Windsor bikes of bikesdirect.com nice enough to
last me more than a few years? I am looking at spending no more than $800.

Any additional advice would be welcomed.

Thanks for reading. Look forward to meeting some of you on the trails.

edit:my work computer doesnt seem to format these posts well. sorry!

@ 6'4" you need no less than a 21" frame

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Re: Help me find a good first bike!
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Re: Help me find a good first bike!
« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2010, 03:48:22 PM »
This is a good deal
 
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fantom29_08.htm


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Re: Help me find a good first bike!
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2010, 04:44:05 PM »
Darts suck for anyone ;)

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Re: Help me find a good first bike!
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2010, 06:38:41 PM »
Definitely get a bike with a Reba or Fox fork.  You can always find them on Ebay but you will do much better buying a complete new bike with the better fork now as opposed to buying a fork to upgrade later on down the road. 

 

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