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    New question here. Teen needs FS bike - what are your recomendations

    Like the title says, I am a 5-4 teen who weighs 120, and I need a full suspension mountain bike. I currently have a 2011 Trek 3500 that I ride the heck out of, (I go off every jump/root/stump that I see), and now it doesn't work very well, it has a problem shifting, and the front brake is messed up.

    What are your recommendations for FS bikes, given that I have a 2500 dollar budget.(less would be better but I want quality) Thank You!

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    Demo and find what you need for your style.
    Then look for it used for budget reasons.
    A FuelEx is one option.
    Or how about this.
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    You could take your Trek to a LBS and get the shifting fix since it could be something as simple as an adjustment and get the front brake fixed.

    If you want new you can check out this Giant Stance 27.5 Stance 27.5 0 (2015) | Giant Bicycles | United States
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    Male or female?

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    Male

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    I'll probably get flamed by some for suggesting this, however if you don't mind going with a 26" wheel bike you could do like I did and pick up one of these. You won't find a better deal!
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    YOu are 5-4 and how old? Main reason is because of growth. In my opinion it might not be smart purchasing an expensive bike that you will outgrow shortly.

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    That's actually a REALLY good point!
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    I am 13, but what if I got a bike that i could grow into? Would that make sense?

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    Not sure. I will let others chime in on that. It is much easier to control a bike that is the correct size. How tall are your parents?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfrink View Post
    I'll probably get flamed by some for suggesting this, however if you don't mind going with a 26" wheel bike you could do like I did and pick up one of these. You won't find a better deal!
    2013 Marin Mount Vision XM7 17 5" Full Suspension MTB Bike 26" Shimano SLX New | eBay
    I wouldn't buy a 26" bike. That wheel size is on its way out and it will be difficult to find forks, tires, and wheels for it in the future.

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    I plan to get somewhere around 5-7 years out of my bike. I HIGHLY DOUBT that all of the 26" stock will be gone in that short amount of time. Plus if it is, I still got a sweat bike for almost half price.

    In the interest of not hi-jacking this thread I will not comment on wheel size again .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honda Guy View Post
    I wouldn't buy a 26" bike. That wheel size is on its way out and it will be difficult to find forks, tires, and wheels for it in the future.
    Know what you mean, I can still find good 27" tires for my seventies roadie, but it's obvious that it's years are numbered.

    I might not even get more than one more decade out of it, before the evil bicycle industry forces me to buy into this 700C hooey.

    OP: I'd fix the old one and break that first. That's just me though.

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    I agree. Get your trek fixed and ride that till you stop growing.

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    Ok, Thanks for the help everyone! I did plan on riding this bike for another 2+ years, but I wanted to see what you guys thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chef7734 View Post
    How tall are your parents?
    My parents are 5' 2" and 5'10"

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    Buy a hard tail. You can buy new close out frames for under $500. Am hard tails are made to be jumped and launched and down hilled on trails. The fs frames will be more than double that when you grow. Plus you can get a nicer specced ht.

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    Kona Precept DL. Best bike under $2,000 and my teen loves it. A frame you can upgrade easily.

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