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  1. #1
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    Help selecting a new bike.


    I been riding mountain bikes since I was a kid but I stopped when I was 18, now I am 29 and trying to get back to it. I was looking to buy a new entry level bike in the internet and $500.00 seems about the right amount to spend. I did some search and these bikes seem like good bikes. Please, let me know your opinions as which one you prefer and why...

    Thank you,

    Here are the choices;





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    for a new MTB, youll probably have to spend $700-800+. less than that, the parts are gonna be pretty crappy and the bikes gonna be pretty heavy. sure, you can spend less than $500 to get a bike that LOOKS like a MTB... if you know what i mean

    id save up a little more, do lots of resarch and look into brands like Trek, Giant, GT or Kona etc

  3. #3
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    Buy used and bump your budget a hair. $500 is gonna get you something new that's a piece of sh!t or something used that's been ridden hard and put away wet.

    If you're ok with a hard tail, which it looks like you are, $700-$800+ is very doable with decent components (Deore or X7 at least is what I'd shoot for).

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    Help selecting a new bike.

    Have you looked at Airborne Bikes.

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    Out of the 4 on the list the Fuji or Trek would be the wiser choice. They are bigger established brands and have better experience building frames. Their frames will be better to start with if you do end up deciding to upgrade in the future.

    First on your list is a micargi-- which frankly I've never heard of before or had experience with. It is apparently a "K-mart" brand which will likely be no better than a Walmart bike.

    The gravity full suspension from bikes directs I think will be a huge waste of your money. Any full suspension priced at below 1,500 will most likely be sh*t. I suggest you stay away from this one or anything resembling a $500 deal on any full suspension bikes-- unless its for a used one on CL.

    For the money you're looking to spend, you really are not going to get much. I suggest you follow what the others here have already mentioned. Either get a decent, well loved bike used on CL or invest on the bigger named brands with a reputation for build and reliability. Most of the money you will be paying will go to the value of the frame. Everything else will have to be eventually upgraded. Do not bother with the fork or components-- most will be essentially at par between brands at this price point. If you really can't stretch your budget and you really have to get a bike new-- go for something simple. Something with a rigid for and an ss like a redline monocogue: 2014 Monocog | Redline Bicycles
    or this highly rated Vitus on sale for $372 on CRC:
    Vitus Bikes Vee-1 City Bike 2014 | Chain Reaction Cycles
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