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gilamonster
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:24 am Reply with quote Back to top

Hi all,

New to mountain biking, I don't have a lot of money and don't know much about bikes, $500 is pretty much all I can afford not including gears.

I want a bike that I can learn technique on, and will hold up on trails at my skill level for about 2 years(if not, 1 year's fine too), I'll upgrade some parts later if necessary. I'm going to ride it every Saturday.



how is this bike?

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1159681_-1_400308__400308

what are some other options? Should I save more money or $500 is enough for my purpose?

I'm 21, 5'11, 135lbs if that matters.

Thanks in advance
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:44 am Reply with quote Back to top

I would say if you really get into riding a 500$ will not last you 2 years. It will probably get beat to crap as you learn how to ride which isn't a bad thing its better than learning on a super expensive bike and wrecking it a bunch. I think my first bike was about 5-600 and I destroyed that poor thing. If its all you got then you just make due with it its not the end of the world. Plus it will give you some time to figure out what kinda riding you like doing and how to cater your next bike to that. If you start doing a serious amount of riding you will def be looking to upgrade to a new bike in a year. Dont be shy to look at used bikes in that range to like I said no matter what you get its gonna fall on the rocks a lot so it doesnt have to start out pretty.

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sonoranbiker
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:16 am Reply with quote Back to top

The GABA bike swap is coming up this weekend, and there should be lots of good used bikes. I would go with something higher-end but used over lower-end but new. It can be tough shopping used if you don't know much about bikes, but SDMB, TORCA, and SAMBA will all be down at the swap and I'm sure that someone from one of those groups would be willing to take a quick look at a potential bike and let you know if it's in decent shape and at a fair price. I bet for $500 you can find something nicer than that GT.

You can ride anything, but the cheaper it is the less durable the parts will be, and sometimes you will spend more than the bike is worth on repairs. It all depends on how hard you ride and where you ride. If you're only riding at Fantasy Island once a week, that bike would work fine for a while. If you're riding Starr Pass and other trails more frequently, it won't last long.

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rockerc
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:24 am Reply with quote Back to top

The bike you are showing will hold up in light usage, but in anything rockier, it will start to give out after some battering. Impossible to say after how long, it depends on the terrain and the risks you take. You will fall off and the bike will take some hammering if you are serious about your riding. Personally I would go with a used bike to save some pennies. Keep an eye out on Craigslist etc. I sold a mint Stumpjumper at your pricepoint a few years back that would have suited fine. If you need advice on anything you find, don't be afraid to ask the chumps here... This is also a good resource for parts etc as you break stuff, 'cos you will!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:01 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I picked up a used specialized stumpjumpper, about 3 years ago it's a 2002 for $400 and I'm still riding it, I'm an aggressive rider,and it's held up well, ya had to replace some things on it but it's still strong, so I agree w/everyone else buy a better used bike.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:27 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I have a canadale rise I think 3 full suspension need a rear de railure and a good tune up 500$ pm me with number if interested
 
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rockerc
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:01 pm Reply with quote Back to top

C'dale Rize is a great bike! Jump at it!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 2:05 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Keep in mind that the initial expense of the bike isn't the only place where you'll need to think about spending money.

You'll need a good helmet, good shoes, good shorts (yes, important), gloves, a coolmax jersey, and a Camelback (or similar).

And then there's the maintenance expenses. Tires, for example, are going to become a regular expense, and they're not all that cheap.

Just be sure you're ready to "pay to play".

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:59 am Reply with quote Back to top

Also if you have a facebook page there is a group on there called Stevebay that has some smoking deals sometimes https://www.facebook.com/groups/183937968413697/

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