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    Suggestions for beginner 29er

    Looking for a 29er, my budget is 1000 really can't go over that. I would prefer to buy something new. Suggestions?

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    my personal recommendation:

    MARIN BIKES**|** Mountain HT**|**29er **|**Alpine Trail 29er

    i've owned a GT MTB before and loved it:

    2011 GT Karakoram 1.0 | Mountain Bike Components and Specs

    here's a resource i used when i purchased my bike:

    Best 29 inch Mountain Bikes. Compare, reviews & ratings.
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    I may be a bit biased, but this is a great deal:

    Airborne Goblin
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    This might help: Noob Buyer's Guide
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmac View Post
    This might help: Noob Buyer's Guide
    ^^^yep

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    I haven´t bought a bikes direct bike yet but those two look like some pretty good deals for your budget.

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    would it be a good idea to get a less expensive 29er like a hardrock sport disc and upgrade the fork? if so, what fork would be suitable enough and also round out my budget, more or less???

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    You may be able to get the Trek Cobia for a grand. Mine was just a bit over.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ichor20 View Post
    would it be a good idea to get a less expensive 29er like a hardrock sport disc and upgrade the fork? if so, what fork would be suitable enough and also round out my budget, more or less???

    It is usually cheaper overall /better value to buy a bike with the parts you want rather than upgrading a lower spec model.
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    Mamba or 2012 Cobia

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    If you have any interest in a full-suspension 29er, you might take a look at the GT Sensor 29er at GiantNerd.com:

    The Elite model, including the site's GeniusBuild service ends up around $1100 with their current discount
    http://www.giantnerd.com/gt-sensor-9...tain-bike.html

    Obviously, not a high-end FS 29er, but a pretty decent spec for the price...
    Marzocchi 44TST 120mm air fork (has rebound & lockout)
    X-Fusion O2 rear shock (has rebound & lockout)
    Deore front & rear derailleurs
    Avid Elixir 1 hydro brakes

    Again, nothing earth-shattering, but a good, fun ride. I've had mine since November, and it's been a solid beginner FS 29er for me. I'm not a shill for GiantNerd or GT, but had a great buying, and now riding experience.

    Best of luck to you,
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    Also if you could stretch your budget another 100 or 200 you would have a lot more options.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ichor20 View Post
    would it be a good idea to get a less expensive 29er like a hardrock sport disc and upgrade the fork? if so, what fork would be suitable enough and also round out my budget, more or less???
    Price point has some Manitou Tower Pro models at 350 or a 2010-2012 RockShox Reba off ebay for 150-250 would work. It would be useful to go for a used HRock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    That's a weak group for $1,000. Carbon is nice, but Goblin or Razzo are better choices. Plus, this guy needs a lot of gear. Would be best served with a $700 bike and $300 in gear.
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    If you live in Europe, I recommend you radon bikes, it's the price nobody can beat. It is a quality German Company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmac View Post
    That's a weak group for $1,000. Carbon is nice, but Goblin or Razzo are better choices. Plus, this guy needs a lot of gear. Would be best served with a $700 bike and $300 in gear.
    At 600 he could get the Airborne Guardian. This would leave him plenty for gear.


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    I bought my first 29er used; something I could sell for about what I paid for it. It really helped me decide what I wanted when I decided to get something above entry-level.

    If you do want to stay with a new bike, I second the Trek bikes listed above (Mamba & Cobia). With the 2012 closeout, you can get a great buy but you would still lose money if you wanted to sell it in 6 months to a year. If this is something you know you want to keep and not dump a bunch of upgrade money in, then they are a GREAT value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomerBrian View Post
    At 600 he could get the Airborne Guardian. This would leave him plenty for gear.


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    Liking that airborne bike! damn, i got alot more reading to do ... thanks for all the suggestions guys, keep em coming

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    I bought a Fuji 29er for $599

    Fuji Nevada 29er 2.0 Mountain Bike - Black - Sport Chalet


    Pretty nice package out of the box if A.) you can deal with it being 31lbs and B.) you need the extra money for riding gear.

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    This sounds like it is a first bike.
    That being said, although some online prices are really good, but I suggest going to a LBS. Not only will they help you find a bike that fits your needs, they will help you find one that fits you, put it together, make adjustments, and usually at minimum give you a free tune up after you break it in. Some will even give you life time tune ups. Not to mention that you can usually ride them before buying them.

    For that price point, I suggest going hard tail or even rigid.
    Make sure you have enough for riding gear too.

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    I still do not have enough information to make a suggestion.
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    What region of the country do I live in? south tx
    Where do I plan to ride my new bike? local trail and just trail blazin' around town mix of dirt and road
    Are there any YouTube videos of the trails I plan to ride? no
    How much time do I plan on devoting to this hobby? many hrs weekly, i've been running for about a 1 year now, time to tackle mother nature with something different
    What is my previous cycling experience? had an iron horse quantum about 6 yrs ago then it got stolen only had it for about 4 months, to and from campus and local dirt roads and fields.
    Have I participated in other hobbies, sports or activities that may give me relevant skills? running i guess
    What are my mechanical abilities? pretty decent
    Do I currently own a bike? no
    Do I currently own a helmet, gloves, padded shorts, proper shoes, Cyclocomputer, Finish line bike wash, Finishline brush kit, shop rags, chain lube, chain stay protector (I like Shelter), Gloves, good socks, solid tire pressure gauge, floor tire pump, on trail tire pump or cartridges, shock pump, good three way hex, mufti tool, spare bottles, cages, backpack to put all your gear in? unfortunetly no gear
    Why do I want to buy a new bike? Been meaning to get back into since my first one got stolen something i always wanted to get back to but couldn't due to getting married and having two kids now i'm more financially stable and making fitness a key component in my life. Started running and lost 45lbs in a year. now i want to change it up.
    How much research have I already done and do I have an idea of what I want? i know i want to go 29 i've tried one out briefly and felt very comfortable as opposed to a 26
    Do I have friends who are into the hobby? What's their mechanical and riding experience? N/A
    What kind of bikes do my riding buddies ride? N/A
    What kind of bikes do I see on the trails I plan to ride? (Full suspension, hardtail, rigid, single speed, geared) a lot of hardtails down here
    Can I really afford this hobby? Are my credit cards paid off? Do I have savings in the bank and money to burn? got the money to burn
    How much money do I want to spend on this hobby over the next year? whatever is reasonable. i've spent 700 on running shoes so this wouldn't be any different.
    What am I trying to accomplish by participating in this hobby? fitness
    How do I expect my life to be different a year from the day my new bike arrives? 2/3 triathlon ready lol

    EDIT: I'm 6'1, 187lbs, 27 yrs young

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    Consider these if you're willing to do factory direct.

    at Price Point

    Airborne Bicycles. Cross Country 26&29"
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    Your size is 19 and yes the groupset is weak, but x5 is adequate. The RST Blaze fork is not the best. It is better than the Suntour SR XCM you will find on the other bikes in your price range. Any other bike you buy under 1k will also need a Reba or Manitou TP fork for 350 . When you put the upgrades on this bike you will be skipping a couple levels over doing it to a cheaper aluminum bike. You need to ride with a helmet and other things you can improvise from your other sports gear. Inexpensive platforms and your trailrunners will be all you need.
    Of the bikes at the two shops the Trek Mamba is the best within your budget-- a '12 X-Cal is more and at 21 may be too big but has the dual air Reba already so it's worth the extra 300.
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    Buying a mtb is like buying a car. Go to all your local LBS's, tell em your budget then demo the heck out of those in your price range to determine what works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ichor20 View Post
    What region of the country do I live in? south tx
    Where do I plan to ride my new bike? local trail and just trail blazin' around town mix of dirt and road
    Not sure why you would want suspension at all then and not even sure if you need gears.

    Sounds like a rigid single speed to me.

    $350 For a G29 from Bikes direct up the a little over $1000 depending on what you get.

    I would probably consider swapping the tires out for something a little less dirt.

    Other options would be a monster cross such as the G-zilla from bikes direct it has gears but is a good bike for mixed dirt roads and street.

    Not saying to buy those particular ones from BD and might still consider your local bike shop. However if you have minor mechanical ability and the confidence to figure stuff out then bikes direct could be a good option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    Your size is 19
    I wouldn't say that with all certainty.
    I am 5'10" and I am very comfortable on my 19" frame
    More so then I was on the bike I had before which was a size down.
    He may want to step up a size. Then again, he may not. Which is why I say go to a LBS.

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    I'd probably look for a 2012 Specialized Carve for just over $1k.
    Although I do agree with what is being said above that for a mix of dirt and pavement, a mountain bike isn't really the steed I'd be choosing.

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    I ride my MTB on the road often, just gets expensive with tires. You can buy some like the Kenda SB8 for pretty cheap to do double duty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmac View Post
    I ride my MTB on the road often, just gets expensive with tires. You can buy some like the Kenda SB8 for pretty cheap to do double duty.
    Or for a few dollars more schwalbe big apple 29
    Won't tear up on the road and will handle dirt and gravel fine.

    Even seen pics of people doing real mountain riding with them although I imagine that is kind of like cutting a tree down with a hatchet. It will do the job but an axe would be better.

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    a used one

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    Go with the Airborne Goblin. Buy a Bell helmet from Costco for $25.00 until you can get something nicer.
    My wife bought me a Diamond Back Response Sport disc brake bike three years ago for my 40th. I was outriding it within a month. I immediately sold it on Craigslist. The bike was crap with crap components.

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    ive been doing research with about the same budget as u. best thing ive found out there for under $1000 is the trek mamba. drivetrain is pretty weak but itll do to start and u get a rockshox fork .... almost anything else in that price range is gonna give u a suntour. if ur willing to up it a couple hundred bucks then u can expand ur search, maybe even go FS. good luck.

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    I don't know much about the diamondback bikes but last year's models can be had for less than $400 for a 29er online.

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    Giant Talon

    Great bike for $900.00

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    Get the Carve or the Goblin. The Goblin is a heck of a deal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ichor20 View Post
    would it be a good idea to get a less expensive 29er like a hardrock sport disc and upgrade the fork? if so, what fork would be suitable enough and also round out my budget, more or less???




    I did this and ended up uprgrading the fork right away with a roxshox reba I found for a really good price.

    While I am content with what im riding now(at my ability), if I could of gone back in time I would of done a bit more research, and maybe saved up a extra couple hundred bucks and got something with better components. Doing the math, with the money I spent for the bike and the fork, I could of got a lil more bang for my buck.

    Nothing wrong with the hardrock, especially being a newbie! IMHO, the biggest drawback of the hardrock is the fork. Being new myself (been riding a lil less the a year), even I noticed the stock fork was holding me back, so to me the upgrade had to be done. So far, my riding ability has not surpassed the performance of the rest of the components...make sense

    So untill then, I see no need to uprade untill my riding ability tells me I need a upgrade or if something breaks. So thats my plan untill a can afford a new FS 29er.

    Being a new guy, I think the main thing is to get on something you can afford, ride the hell out of it...Then you'll know what you want...

    Just my 2 cents, being another newbie

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    as much as i like the carve my LBS has it just outside my price range. i'm actually gonna go over there this weekend to test ride it, maybe i can have one of the dudes talk my wife into letting me spend the extra dough lol.

    Specialized Carve Comp 29 - Bicycle World of the Valley| Harlingen Brownsville & McAllen Texas

    and another LBS has a cobia on closeout, pretty sweet deal i think, haven't gotten an email back regarding my question about fit though :\

    Trek Cobia (Gary Fisher Collection) - Bike World San Antonio

    I've been all over the internet reading about airborne guardian/goblin ... even with all the good things i've been reading about the bikes and the benefit of buying direct, this being my first bike i've decided to stick with a LBS. a lot of ppl have been suggesting it on this thread and many others i've read and i think its a sound thing to do. maybe after a year or two, after plenty of mileage under my belt i'll branch out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ichor20 View Post
    would it be a good idea to get a less expensive 29er like a hardrock sport disc and upgrade the fork? if so, what fork would be suitable enough and also round out my budget, more or less???
    no. I bought a hard rock disc; for what's I've spent on repairs: 6 chains, 1 shifter, 1 rear derailleur, 1 set of wheels, crank & BB, I could have gotten a Carve.

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    Good job! without a doubt

    the best way to get into riding is on a rigid singlespeed redline monocog. its dependable, easy to work on, and will make you a stronger and better rider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sluggo69 View Post
    the best way to get into riding is on a rigid singlespeed redline monocog. its dependable, easy to work on, and will make you a stronger and better rider.

    REDLINE BICYCLES › MTB › 2013 MONOCOG 29ER
    I like the monocog a lot, however I can't say it is the best way to get in to riding a rigid SS.
    As much as I like it, I do not see $300 more worth of bike then the Gravity G29 from bikes Direct for $349

    Save up to 60% off new Mountain Bikes - MTB - Gravity 29 SS Single Speed 29er Mountain Bikes

    The redline is a nice bike but not necessarily the best way to get in to rigid SS.

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    GT Zasker

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    This carbon 29-- $999.
    Access Stealth LTD 29er Mountain Bike - 29er Mountain Bikes[/url]
    Do you have an opinion on the GT Zasker Carbon Niner available at Giantnerd? I realize it is more money but it also looks like the components are better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    I wouldn't say that with all certainty.
    I am 5'10" and I am very comfortable on my 19" frame
    More so then I was on the bike I had before which was a size down.
    He may want to step up a size. Then again, he may not. Which is why I say go to a LBS.
    Agreed...I'm barely 5'11" with a 30in inseam, and Im also comfortable on a 19" frame. I have semi short legs with a long torso, so I feel less bunched up on a larger frame...if that makes sense.

    I think determining the size of bike you want depends on many things. That being said,, I dont think this guy would have any problem ordering directly from the factory

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomerBrian View Post
    Also if you could stretch your budget another 100 or 200 you would have a lot more options.


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    good point.

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    I have been riding a 2012 Trek Mamba for about 8 months now and am quite happy with it.

    The only major issue I have with the bike is that if you upgrade your tires to larger than the stock 2.1's (which look like 1.9's), you might experience rubbing of the rear tire on the front derailleur. I had to go to a Shimano Deore Front Derailleur that fit more snugly and did not cause this problem.

    Overall the bike has been quite capable in some fairly moderate terrain around the San Diego area. However, I'm definitely at this point looking for a full suspension bike with higher end components. I get smoked by my more experienced riding friends who have higher end bikes all the time, and I'm in better shape than a lot of them. Compared to a light and fast 26er... its a beast.

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    I'd reconsider getting used if you can. Craigslist often has really good deals. A bike at this price point is not like buying a used car. If something breaks on a used bike, you just replace it. You can often find barely ridden bikes for cheap too. Might be able to get a lot more bike for your buck.

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