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    Beginner Bike for Gunnison, CO?

    First post, and yes, another "What type of Bike?" thread. I will possibly be moving to Gunnison, CO next month, and am wondering what type of mountain bike I'd be happy on. Will I be happy on a hardtail for riding Hartmans and the trails around Crested Butte, or will I want a FS for this type of riding?
    Some things about myself and my situation:

    • I've never ridden a mountain bike, but don't envision myself getting too knarly/extreme on a mtn bike. I'd like to save my body for other fun activities, and I've separated my shoulder three times already. That's enough of that.
    • I'm athletic, 6' 1", 180lbs
    • Budget of $800 max

    I've done quite a bit of lurking, and still feel like I don't know anything. However, I've read enough of the "What Bike?" threads to know about the Marin 29er eBay bike. I've also figured out that I don't want a crappy Suntour fork. That's about the extent of my bike knowledge so far.
    I'm thinking used will give me more bang for my buck, so I've been scouring Craigslist in hopes of gathering some beta before the move. Thoughts on any of these/ suggestions for Gunnison/CB bikes to specifically look for? Is size Large/ 19" the right (rough) size to be looking for?

    Black Forest Focus Mountain bike

    Specialized Rockhopper 19"

    2010 Specialized Rockhopper Expert Disk 21" - $500 (offers accepted)

    Like New Specialized Rockhopper 29er

    26er MTB: 2011 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Elite

    Thanks in advance for all opinions/suggestions/thoughts.


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    I would be all over that Stumpjumper Elite. No joke, that is a really nice bike. Had the model below that one, and I loved it, and rode all kinds of terrain on it. If I was moving to CO (used to live in the Springs) a FS would be my first choice.
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    Can you sit on or ride any of these? Fit is very important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSU Alum View Post
    Can you sit on or ride any of these? Fit is very important.

    Yes, I'll be moving to Denver first, so I'd be able to test ride and fit them all before I bought. At 6' 1", is the large range a good starting point? Or would XL bikes be more likely to fit?

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    Take some time to visit a nearby bikeshop and test ride some bikes. That should help you better hone into what would be something you might like.

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    I'm 6'3" & recently picked up a Jamis in 21. Makes a lot of difference in ridability over a 19. Go by your lbs or even call up some of the CL posters & ride their bikes to check fit in different size and geo. My lbs has aboout a dozen demo/rentals.

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    IME, you're in the general range for a Large.

    I also like that Stumpy.
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