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    Bike Helo

    I am new to Mountain biking. I have a Schwinn S20 and i keep breaking stuff on it i went to SpotsAuthority and im lookin at a mountain bike from Diamondbk called Topana. Is thi good bike? heres th link to it


    http://www.sportsauthority.com/produ...entPage=family


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    Welcome to mtbr.

    I would skip it. Their retail prices look off because the response sport (not base response) looks like a better bike. You may want to check your local performancebike store for some gt avalanche models. They have d'backs too, and have good customer service/warranty.

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    Gear, avoid department stores. Tell us your budget, and we can recommend some bikes for you from a local bike shop.

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    My budget is no more than 700 dollars. whats better the front suspention or full suspntion bikes??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gear_head15
    My budget is no more than 700 dollars. whats better the front suspention or full suspntion bikes??
    That's a little bit like asking 'What's better a car or truck?'

    Rather what and how do you intend to use it?

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    $700 won't get you a new full susser so going with a hardtail would be the right thing.

    That amount can get you a good used full susser but requires quite a bit of MTB knowledge to pick out the right one, so unless you have someone nearby who knows a thing or two about moutain bikes...you're better off going with a new hardtail.

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    I like doing Jumps Reeper, I have heard different things about both, so whats a rally good hard tail bike??

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    if your a dirt jumper I would go with something like this

    http://www.mongoose.com/usa/usaeng/m...IR261-Fireball

    DJ bikes are rugged and inexpensive but may not be the ticket for XC riding.

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    If you are doing trails and some jumping get a good hardtail with a good fork, there is a GT avalanche 1 with a Rockshok Tora in your price range. Could do like I did and buy a $560 bike and shop for a deal on a fork, I was able to pick up a really nice air fork for about $100.
    Stay away from big box retailer and go to an LBS or one of the big online bike vendors to get more quality components and better pricing. For $700 you have allot to choose from in quality hardtails, Felts Q620 is really nice, good looking has hydro brakes, and is $699 sticker price. You might be able to get a 2010 Specialized Rockhopper for $700, you could pick up a 2011 Hardrock sport disc for about $650 new.
    If you get a full suspension bike under $1k its going to be heavy and not have nice components on it, you really need to spend $1,400 plus to get a good full suspension bike new.
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    Leave the sporting goods store and go to a bike shop. I was in one of those the other day and laughed my petootie off. They had more bikes in stock than they had parts. Seemed kinda silly.

    If youre lookin' to jump more than ride Id look into somethin' like the Mongoose linked above.

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    Sports Authority??
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