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Testicular Fortitude
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Im looking to buy a mountain bike but not a really expensive one but I want a good one. I know a few of you guys mountain bike so I was wondering if I could get some help.
 

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I have a Specialized Rock Hopper awesome bike and not to expensive. Baught a 07 model last summer for a bit under 500.00. Hard tail front shock and can take alot of punishment. I am not a huge mountain biker or biker for that matter but I wanted something nice and occasionally I do kick the crap out of it so a cheepy I figured would break fast.
 

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I personally like the Jamis bikes... I boought it when I didn't mountain bike much, and it was great for putting around on and I even took it to a 24hr race/event and it held up to the rest. They are nice bikes... but it really comes to preferance... Everyone has their own opinion...

Hope it's okay I answered seeing as that I am not physically one of the guys, he he..
 

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I got a nice 16" titanium Team GT Xizang I can sell you for a good price.



If I had to spend my own money I would buy a Kona. Get a hardtail with
front suspension. Full Suspensions are overrated. They make average
riders think they have skills.

http://www.konaworld.com/index.htm

if i still raced i would ride this bad boy



this is a great basic mtn bike that looks hot too


 

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Just go to a real bike shop (an Independent Bike Dealer, not a sports store or big box store that sells bikes), and make sure you get a proper name-brand bike, eg. Trek, Specialized, Kona, Rocky Mountain, Cannondale, Gary Fisher, etc.

Get them to give you a proper fit, spend as much as you can, and make sure they have a good free tune-up plan. If you don't feel comfortable at one shop, go to another.

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well my problem is im in Italy and i dont speak italian. i want something i can commute to work but i can also take it the mountains and tear up some mountains. i know about cannondales a friend has one.
 

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I just looked at the Kona them are some expensive bikes. I like the Rock Hopper. it look like a good bike. Seems fairly reasonably priced
 

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Check out the Trek Series 6 (I think) model. Also Giant should be added to the list of nice hardtails with good components and you can stay under the 800 range pretty easily but still get a really nice bike.

Also, I work in a sporting goods store and we are not all that bad. If you can find a store that sells name brand bikes and find an experienced person (like me) you can get a deal. A lot of the private, mom and pop kind of shops price their bikes ridiculously high for the same product and service plans. I sell and work on the same bikes that the small shops around town do but for hundreds less.

Just shop around, compare components and you'll be fine.
 

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Well being military they have a bike shop in my Exchange thats run by an italian. Funny thing is he has a store out in the town that he sells the bike for 2/3s the price. Found this out today when I was talking to a friend. Who just bought a bike. But I'll look at the other models too.
 

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I'm taking that hardtail is pretty much like a good all around bike for like riding on a road to work about 2 miles not really far but will be better on gas and being able to take it into the mountains and tear them up.
 

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I've got a Kona Stinky Dee lux 2001 ( in rasta colours) & upgraded the brakes to 203mm front & rear with Hope M4 4 piston calipers. If you are wanting serious downhill bikes these are epic, but not for riding uphill as I have 2.7 tyres, & it weighs 42 Ib. I will not ride this on the road.

I built (from bits on ebay) my GF a Kona Coiler. This cost me approx £650 in total & can by ridden 'almost' anywhere but still handle the downhills.

A Hard tail is much more forgiving as a daily rider as it it a lot lighter but you will 'kill' most of them on a downhill run.
 

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work is up on top of a hill so i want to be able to go up hill
 

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another ? im 5'8 what size would you suggest?
 

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Sizing is all over the place when it comes to mountain bikes.
A downhill 14" will fit upto a 6 ft whereas a XC 17" might fit a 5'7. As was said you have to sit on them.
If you are going to be riding (roads) uphill then a lighter Hardtail bike will be much more suitable for you.
A decent downhill bike is not much good for anything else. My uncle has the Specialised Epic Marathon which is a very nice XC bike (€2300) but when it comes to downhills (& he lives in the French Alps) he gets murdered because it is just not beefy enough, Brakes are only 160mm, & only 4in travel - it don't cut it.
Decide what you really want the bike for as they all have pros & cons. The more extreme you go, the bigger the cons.
 

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i may just buy a cheapy for going to and from work as its not really that far. and getting a good one for the downhill stuff. if i get a chance ill goto the bike shop on my exchange in naples and sit on them and see what i like
 

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i hate soft tails :D
 
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