View Poll Results: Which choice should I make?

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  • FSX 29 LTD ($150 avail for upgrades)

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    Gravity FSX 29 (LTD, 29X5 or One) vs refurbed Mongoose XR Pro + Upgrades

    I did a little research and saw that all of these bikes get a pretty good bashing on here but I have also read some wonderfully constructive comments - so here goes.

    I am an old, fat guy with bad knees and a questionable back. I want to get into riding a bike and at worst will do some mild trails with small rocks and tree roots. I have decided on two things I need: 1. 29er for the momentum and lessening of impact on my body and 2. A full suspension bike for the same reason.

    My big problem right now is budget. My absolute out-of-pocket maximum is $600 out the door and down the street rollin'. There is no "wait until you have more money" as I have a sh*t ton of other bills and I am carving out money I don't have to begin with....luckily I had some overtime this month.

    So, here is what I have found thus far:
    Everyone's favorite bashing outlet BD has the Gravity FSX series for $449 (LTD), $549 (29X5) and the One for $599. I have also found a refurbished Mongoose XR-Pro at my LBS for $250, which would leave some decent cap room for upgrades. Oh, and the XR is a 17" frame (apparently) and I am 6'1".

    Constructive comments requested as well as alternative options within my budget. Thanks.
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    How about if I narrowed it down to these two???

    Gravity FSX 29 (LTD, 29X5 or One) vs refurbed Mongoose XR Pro + Upgrades-fsx29-x5-21.jpg
    FSX 29X5
    Gravity FSX 29 (LTD, 29X5 or One) vs refurbed Mongoose XR Pro + Upgrades-29x5.jpg

    Gravity FSX 29 (LTD, 29X5 or One) vs refurbed Mongoose XR Pro + Upgrades-fsx29one-blu-21.jpg
    FSX One
    Gravity FSX 29 (LTD, 29X5 or One) vs refurbed Mongoose XR Pro + Upgrades-one.jpg

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    Fit involves height and actual inseam. With shoes make a mark on a door frame or wall and measure that.
    If your riding inseam is 34 or 36 your torso and the cockpit space you need can put you in different size bikes.
    Longer legs to torso means smaller size frame.
    Your weight can determine what suspension components are effective. Low end coil only work even marginally within a range up to maybe 200.
    If you can find a few minutes to test ride some bikes on the grass and into some ditches, basically get off the pavement, it will help.
    The terrain you describe may not require a fs for a 'bad back'. The core muscle toning from riding can help. Especially standing to pedal up short hills and using your legs as shocks to go over bumps instead of trying to sit through everything.

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    My inseam is right around 31 inches.

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    6'1"/31" inseam makes you hard to fit because of a long torso. Lucky for you the manufacturers are designing bikes with longer top tubes and reach. But the new designs are out of range pricewise.
    Standover will be a challenge or not available for you with most frame designs. It's not important when you're riding and you stand on a pedals to get on the bike anyway.
    An option is used. What major city are you close to?
    If you get a chance for fit info ride a Trek 21.5 X-Caliber or Superfly.

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    So I would be better off with a 17" frame than a 19" one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kesrick View Post
    So I would be better off with a 17" frame than a 19" one?
    You need space between the seat and the bars. You would be better off with a 21" frame.

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    OK. So which of the two I narrowed it down to is the better bike for the price?

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    What's your weight?

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    400# which is why I won't be doing any hard riding

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    Both those bikes aren't going to make it.
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    Save up to 60% off new Fat Bikes and Mountain Bikes - MTB - Gravity Bullseye Monster
    A bike like this is a viable option.
    The larger tires add a ride softening suspension effect.
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    Better standover. 21" in Purple.
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    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    You need space between the seat and the bars. You would be better off with a 21" frame.
    I would not suggest a 21" Gravity 29er frame for a 6'1"/31" inseam. 21" is the biggest model of the Gravity 29ers. I have a Bullseye Monster, I am 6'3" and had the 20" which is the next to highest and I think it would be good for someone 6'1". the 22" Monster is the biggest and would fit me better, but as I said, I am 6'3", 6'4" when in shape
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    I would also stay away from a full suspension bike under $2K. I understand you have back problems, but you could get a Thudbuster type seat post for $150 or so that could help. Like eb says, check out the Clydes forum.
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