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    Looking for THE bike...

    Im brand spanking new to mountain biking. Lived over 20 years in Colorado and finally decided I would rather bike than hike. I don't see myself getting overly technical in my rides but want to get a decent bike that I can learn on and still use once I've progressed in conditioning as well as skill. Is it better to start with a pure entry level bike like Trek 3500 or should I spend the extra money on the 3700 (I use Trek because its the only model I've tried so far...am open to suggestions)?

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    if you got the money you should get as nice as you can afford. its not like you will get better pushing around crap.

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    Re: Looking for THE bike...

    Agree with bkul, but would just add, you probably want to demo a few bikes and maybe buy a used rig on the cheap before you kick down serious cash for a new rig. Trek 3500 is a low risk first buy but you'll quickly outgrow it and start exceeding its limitations if you ride 15-30mi a week. But if you're going big, lots of choices - 26, 27.5, 29, fs, hard tail, xc rig, all mountain rig, etc. And, fs bikes especially are really about preference - you got your dw link, your vpp, your Horst link, yer single pivot, its all personal taste and tradeoffs between axle path, more active vs more passive, stiff vs plush, etc

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    Buy what ever the bike shop tells you to buy.

    Or get a fs 29er with 100-140mm of travel. Thats my sugestion for people looking to get thier feet wet that have money to spend.

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    There are sooo many good deals on nice FS bikes on craiglist around here. I'd say demo a couple different bikes and then try to find one to buy on CL. I got a 2011 Yeti 575 for 1800 this winter and think it is worth every single penny. Way more fun than my hardtail that got stolen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuglio View Post
    Buy what ever the bike shop tells you to buy.

    Or get a fs 29er with 100-140mm of travel. Thats my sugestion for people looking to get thier feet wet that have money to spend.
    Glad I wasn't looking for your advice when I started off biking LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by shredjekyll View Post
    Glad I wasn't looking for your advice when I started off biking LOL
    Its cool nothing wrong with your recumbant. Just isnt something id recomend

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuglio View Post
    Its cool nothing wrong with your recumbant. Just isnt something id recomend
    Last time I checked the slayer 70 isn't a recumbent =D

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