Best Bang for the Buck?
I am new to mountain biking and this forum. I've been a couple times on local trails here in Missouri and at some camps I have been to. I am soon to be 15 and about 6 foot and I was looking for a bike at or under $500. I was looking at the Forge Sawback 5xx, Specialized HRXC disc, and Specialized Hardrock Sport or any 3 series Trek bikes. I want a quality bike that will take a couple falls and use on trails and gravel roads, riding about once or twice a week during the summer.
Forge Sawback 5xx- http://www.forgebikes.com/saw5blu.asp
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Under 550 is a tough class especially since your 15 your gonna beat a bike good so you definitely dont want a lightweight bike. If you could possibly scrape up 200 more the Alpine 650 would stand a better chance otherwise the 550 which is still a little over but the frames are strong. The 450 will work but if your DJ'ing an havin a blast the better components will hold up longer, but ya gotz ta get whatz within the budget.
I own two Forge Bikes, the Sawback 5xx and the M Street. Both are a great "Bang for the buck". You will find the frames are 6061 aluminum and the quality is right on. The components alone on this bike is almost three times the price. Checkout the other reviews on the Sawback 5xx, I don't think you can go wrong.
Forge Sawback 5xx 17" Silver
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Welcome and best of luck.