1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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  1. #1
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    Which Bike thread; Cannondale Trail 5 or HR Sport Disc

    I was set on buying a NOS Rockhopper until the shop ran out of my size, damn. I really liked the Rockhopper as the Dart 3 (SL) fork, though not great, seemed better than anything else I was looking at; also the frame seemed at least worthy of a few upgrades.

    Budget is $600.

    Looking at:
    Cannondale Trail 5 - haven't found much on this model as it's new for 2011
    Specialized Hard Rock Sport Disc
    (Gary Fisher Marlin is also available I suppose)

    To me the Cannondale frame seems a bit nicer, and the Shimano components also seem a little nicer.

    The Specialized has better brakes and is more proven.

    Honestly, I've done a few test rides and nothing screams out at me; most mountain bike feel the same in 10 minute rides around the block.


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    I like the Cannondale Trail 5, I had a budget of $600 and saved up a little more and ended up spending $840 on a SL 3.Was shopping around and really like the Cannondale better than the Specialized. In my opinion, I think you get more money's worth and better looking bike. I will be picking it up this weekend, but know I feel like I should have saved a little more to get the 29er.

  3. #3
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    Cannondale Trail 5 I was also connsidering this bad boy. But LBS was at $500 which was a great deal. But I do maily street riding. And Once I rode the Cannondale Quick CX 3 it was game over twice as fast, several pounds less weight everything I wanted. $600 better components etc.

    I was gonna jump on a Trek 4500 Disc in silver for $700 even lighter weight maybe 26lbs or less Hydralic Brakes top brand compnenets on higher end lines.

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