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    DiamondBack(Men's Maneuver) or Ironhorse(Men's Chimpira)

    I am new to mt biking. I am looking to get more into it and need a good starting bike. I was looking at some bikes and had some questions about two types (or anything similar)

    I am looking to drop about 500-600(ca) before taxes and I am not stuck on any brand, I have just been looking at what I have linked. I live in Calgary Alberta currently.

    I am not sure if it makes a huge difference but I am about 6'4.

    I don't really know much about bikes but was looking at the two I have linked below. If anyone has any advice on maybe another bike around the same price range that would be great as well.

    I am looking to commute, hit trails, be rough, go down stairs or hit some heavy trails.
    I am a newb to this so any and all advice is very welcome. You can email me as well I have turned that on.


    I was leaning to the diamond back simply because it has more gears.

    http://www.sportchek.ca/sportchek/do...&styleId=58902

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    http://www.sportchek.ca/sportchek/do...&styleId=47513


    thanks again!!!!

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    Get the Diamondback.

    Iron Horse went bust a couple of months ago, whilst that doesn't really affect the bike you buy it does mean that any warranty work it may need would be a pain in the ass, doubly so if IH's distributor decides to stop honouring warranties.

    As for brands, check out Trek, Specialized and Giant. They're generally the ones with the best deals at the lower price ranges.

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    whilst <- I guess thats the new word to use on MTBR

    Um, isn't that Iron horse a dirt jumper? I'd to go with the Diamond Back.

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    thanks alot, I have heard about trek and will see if anyone around here has good deals on them. if not I will stick to the DB.

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    I would go with DB, there give some of the best bang 4 ur buck compared to Specilaized and Treks, IMO.

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    I am new and am looking at the same DB but can't really find any stats on it. The bike isn't listed on the DB site. Any help would be appreciated. TY

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    That would be because it is a Canadian model, not a US model

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    That would be like the Response Sport here in the US. Great bike for mountainbiking and solid parts for around $500. It is on Diamondback.com

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    go for DB! great bike!

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    ty, i just picked it up today - was on sale for $350. took it out on a single and was a nice ride.

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    Cool, enjoy

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    Now the upgrade game starts

    Have fun!!!!

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    Is the bike any good?
    How does it hold up?
    How light would you say it is for its price?

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    Okay I have3 been riding it for 3 weeks now, in both rain and sun on hardpacked and I would say beginner to intermediate single track. As for the weight, I can not be 100% accurate as I have a carrier on it ( i use this for trails and commuting to work) and my tool bag, but I put it on my digital scale and it came in at 30 lbs loaded. As for how it is, I like it alot has a smooth ride (far superior to my 20 year old raliegh plus alot lighter), but as for the forks they are a manufaturers version (mode) and I have to get mine replaced this week as they had a bad seal in them which after getting some dirt in there they are making alot of noise and sticking from time to time ( add oil and they are fine). I will see how the new ones handle after, but hey they are under warranty for a year then I will upgrade them ( I planned on that when purchasing ). But what can you expect for $350 that comes with a full service plan for a year free of charge. It is hard to find all the specs on it anywhere but here is the best that I can tell.

    Frame : 6061 T6 Heat Treated aluminum
    Fork : Alloy Crown w/Preload threadless (65mm)
    Headset : CH-918 6 piece
    Chainset : Shimano 48/38/28 cartridge bottom bracket
    Gears: Frt. Shimano C-50
    Rear Shimano Acera
    Shifters: Shimano EZ Fire 7 spd
    Brakes : Frt. DISC MECH
    Rear DISC MECH
    Levers : Shimano part of shifter
    Hubs : Frt. QR 36h Disc
    Rear QR 36h Disc
    Rims : 26" DBL Wall / Black Ano
    Tires : 26 x 1.95 Kenda
    Stem : OS 15 deg. 90mm
    Bar : 620 x 30mm black semi-rise
    Grips : Velo 125mm Grey
    Saddle : Velo black with clamp
    Seat Post : 31.6 x 300mm alloy
    Pedals Wellgo LU895 9/16" resin
    Speeds 21 speed
    Last edited by Frosti; 07-02-2009 at 11:07 AM.

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    Do you know the length of the seat tube?
    It looks kind of small, is there more than one size?

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