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    Good bike for XC and around $400

    I currently have a cheap "wal-mart bike" that I picked up for $15 at a yard sale. I know that this bike will not hold up very long on the trails. I have a budget of up to about $400. I've seen some of walmarts higher end stuff and that seems pretty good. I am not too familiar with bikes and biking but I know the basics. I would like rear suspension but I know that's not really needed, so I will probably be getting a hard tail. I would prefer a new bike but I am willing to go used if it is a good deal. What do you think I should get?? I was looking at the GMC Topkick but people were saying it was to heavy for XC. Thanks.

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    Also, I weigh about 140, 15 years old, and I'm 5-11

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    Used will be your only option IMO. I'd also save up some more money if possible because even used you won't get much for $400. Mow some lawns, rake some leaves, get an advance on birthday or X-mas money, or do whatever you got to.
    09 Jamis XCT2 Marzocchi RC3 ti forks, XT/XTR drivetrain, Mavic Crossrides/ Kenda Nevegal DTC=29lbs

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    I was in a similar situation as you when I first started looking to get a bike. I soon realized that I didn't know anything. You have a lot to learn so just start reading through these forums and do some research. You will realize that a full suspension within your budget is out of the question, but you can get a pretty nice hardtail. The GMC bike is a "department store" bike and I don't think anyone would recommend it here.

    After my research and testing, I ended up getting a Gary Fisher Wahoo and I am very happy with it. Some other bikes I considered were the Gary Fisher Advance, Trek 3 series, Forge Sawback 5xx, and Specialized Hardrock. Those all can be within your budget and are good choices to start looking into.

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    At 15 you will be outgrowing any frame that fits you right now. Have you been sized or researched your size on the net? With just your height I would suggest sitting on a 19-21" frame and seeing how it felt.

    I'd suggest an entry hardtail. There are inexpensive choices from online retailers and if you have any mechanical knowhow you can pick up a bikesdirect MTB fairly easily, there are links on this site.
    Dawes Haymaker 1200 for <$400


    If you cannot handle the maintenance then a LBS is really the best option.
    Last edited by RDTigger; 04-20-2011 at 02:13 PM.

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    I have the Sawback, great bike (frame and components) for the price.

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