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    What type of MTB should I get?

    I had a Walmart 26er that had dual suspension, weighed about 42 lb.s, brakes didn't work (mechanical disk on both wheels), and wheel bent on a tiny little crash. I sold it for $80 and need a new bike.

    I am fine with a SS or any number of gears, hardtail or dual suspension. No rigids. If I get a hard tail, I would prefer it to have at least 150 mm travel. Obviously, since I'm posting this in the All Mountain forums, I want an all mtn bike. I don't care what brand it is, it can even be a Mongoose, it just has to ride well and not be as heavy as I am.

    I have been looking on Craigslist for the past 5 months and have only found about 6 bikes that would work for me, but had too big of a frame, too old, or just 100 mm hardtail. What works for me is: under $600 used or new, newer than the year 2000, also my wants in the above paragraph. I haven't ridden for 3 months and would like to get back to riding ASAP.

    If you know of a bike that goes along with my criteria and, preferably, have ridden it, please reply to let me know! All thoughts are welcome. Thank you very much!

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    First, you probably won't be able to find a 150 mm fork for under 600$ at this price go used! I suggest a Kona Mahuna it's a great bike for his price but it's not a AM.. And if you realy want an AM bike you will need to spend a little extra!

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    Do bike shops sell used bikes as well as new? Besides Craigslist, eBay, and pink bikes, are there other web sites like these that sell bikes?

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    Yes, bike shops often sell used bikes. But when a new 150mm fork costs upwards of $900 alone, you are going to have a very hard time finding a decent AM bike, even a gently used one, for $600. Usually, MTBR frequenters seem to encourage people to save up at least $1000 for a used bike, and somewhere around double that for a new bike. Those numbers are flexible, but they are a good general guideline. I know that's not what you want to hear, but that would be my advice. Save up a little more money, and then your options will be MUCH better.
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    +1 rhinos

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    Keep an eye out for a 2008 or newer Santa Cruz heckler or nickel/butcher. They're selling a bit cheaper because they are being blown out on SC website. You're still going to have to drop about a grand though. Maybe $1200. Keep eating Ramen and saving up.

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    Finding a hardtail with a 150mm travel fork is very unusual, and if you find a used bike that's had one swapped on be suspicious. Many hardtails are not designed for a fork this big and may be susceptible to frame failure if not properly reinforced around the head tube. The front end would probably ride really high unless the geometry was compensated for and at full compression may cause the handling to go wonky at the worst times. The max is typically 5 inches or less, which for a HT is more than enough. It sounds like you're a candidate for FS. Save up, you'll be happier if you can spend a little more.
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    I've researched a little more about what kind of trails I ride and how much 150 travel really is, so I think that 120 mm HT would be OK, but my minimum. I also have some gel shock absorbing gloves and they work well, so those w/ a 120 travel hardtail, I would be fine.
    Thanks for all the info and thoughts! I'm relatively a newbie to MTBing, so I only know a little.

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    What type of MTB should I get?

    If new to mtb why not just go for the typical trail bike to learn with and move up as you go??

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    Quote Originally Posted by 93civEJ1 View Post
    If new to mtb why not just go for the typical trail bike to learn with and move up as you go??
    Well I know enough of what I want to wisely decide on how to blow $600 and I learned quite a bit from that great Walmart experience, but because of my limited experience, I'm asking, If that's alright with you.

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    dont be a dick, he was making a suggestion that you should actually consider.

    youre going to get 150mm of crap with $600. dip into your kid's college savings or sell meth for a while.

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    I think 100mm fork should be enough for you, especially in 29-er. Work of fork depends mainly on settings. It's is rather impossible to buy a new full suspension bike for 600$, but you can buy basic new hardtail. Did you check here: Complete Bikes > Cross-Country Mountain Bikes | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop ??

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    How good are older bikes? This is a Giant, from I think 1999 (same pic. On bikepedia), and msrp is $1,200. I don't think it weighs a ton, at least not the 2000 model.

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    Older bike tech isn't the problem. The problem is that aluminum has a certain life span and due to fatigue will eventually crack. Could be decades, could be only a few years. But chances are that the older the bike, the more its been ridden and the closer it is to the end of its useful life. Just be cautious when buying used bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnigro View Post
    Older bike tech isn't the problem. The problem is that aluminum has a certain life span and due to fatigue will eventually crack. Could be decades, could be only a few years. But chances are that the older the bike, the more its been ridden and the closer it is to the end of its useful life. Just be cautious when buying used bikes.
    So is $350 worth this bike? Because I am on a budget, but don't want some heavy, broken thing.
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    you can buy an AM frame for $550. a full bike?, good luck

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    most AM bikes are $2k+, unless its a HT, and theres not many of those
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    What type of MTB should I get?

    Pinkbike would have some sub-1000$ options shipped. You could probably get a low end Blur LT or Trance X for 700-900 before shipping. Thats likely your best bet. At 600$ you should be looking at hardtails. I'd save a bit more money, honestly.

    For hardtails you could go older, but for full suspension, I'd aim for something from 2006 or later. Lots of suspension improvement happened by then.

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    Are custom bikes something to be afraid of? It looks like what I want, but This guy broke the rear derrailuer and bent front wheel. Its up for $300, but how much would I have to put in to fix it (considering I would use decent parts)?
    The link's here: Full Suspension Custom build

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Cheap0 View Post
    Are custom bikes something to be afraid of? It looks like what I want, but This guy broke the rear derrailuer and bent front wheel. Its up for $300, but how much would I have to put in to fix it (considering I would use decent parts)?
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    Almost every used bike on the market is a "custom" build. Most people throw the term around to make their bike seem more impressive than it is. In that person's case...that's not much of a custom built bike. He swapped out a few small things, which everyone does, but I wouldn't call it custom. It looks to me like a Giant Yukon FX, which is an alright bike. It's does not have 6.5" of suspension travel. That is the shock length. It is a 100mm travel bike, and an entry level FS. Bad? No, but very entry level. I personally would pass on it. It will be heavy, it will need a fair bit of work to get to 100%, and it wouldn't be worth your money. Get a hardtail, it will teach you better bike handling skills as you start, be more durable, be better bang for your buck, and will be far cheaper to maintain. I'm seeing plenty of good upper entry level hardtails in your pricerange. Tell us your size too, that will be very helpful! And good luck!
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    Are you in the Atlanta area???

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnigro View Post
    Are you in the Atlanta area???
    No, I do not live in Atlanta, but I did look through your city's craigslist! And remember, you can always haggle with people. And it's hard to help someone find a bike without knowing their height so the size of bike needed can be determined.

    I also would like to reccomend some reading material: MY GUIDE: Buying 2nd Hand - What You Should Look For - Pinkbike Forum
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    I meant the OP, is he in Atlanta? LOL. he posted a Craigslist ad from ATL and I was curious if he wanted some local help. I live in atlanta.

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    I recommend getting a +-3 to 5 yr old trail bike. One that was pretty damn good when new. Something like a Giant Trance, Specialised stumpjumer, Santa Cruz Heckler. People will be asking around a grand for said bikes, but you can often bargain them down - particularly if the bikes have average components - i.e. trance 4 as opposed to trance 1.

    Make sure the bike is in good working condition. No squeaks etc and that the fork is smooth and has been regularly serviced. If the fame is dialed and the fork in good condition, you can upgrade the components when you get the cash. On that budget, you do not want fork/frame failure as it could cost as much as the price you paid for the bike to replace it.
    Happy hunting.

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    hey El Cheapo, admittedly most of us have spent way more than $600 on our bikes so we it is understandable that we recommend to save up 1000

    however, if you are patient and diligent in your search you can probably get a solid ride

    check this thread out from a few weeks back and take heart: Which Specialized Enduro?

    we helped find that guy an unbelievably nice bike for $800. the used market is so flush with nice bikes right now. basically pinkbike is your one stop shop. happy hunting and people here will help narrow down any specific options you find so post up

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    Quote Originally Posted by masterofnone View Post
    Finding a hardtail with a 150mm travel fork is very unusua
    i get your point about the intended geometry, but overall that statement isnt really true anymore

    2005 Specialized Stumpjumper HT Disc All-Mountain Build - Pinkbike thats pretty close at 140...didnt read full add but looks fine at a glance

    i saw plenty of hardtails with 150-160 mm forks doing a simple search. a lot of them were local pickup in canada only but point is theyre out there and can be had for much less that 1000. now you may end up needing to replace some worn out stuff fairly soon but still it is totally poss to find a decent riding bike in your budget

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