I bought a 2001 Raleigh M80 Hardtail MTB with an Aluminum frame and front suspension for $100. Bike itself weighs in at 28 lbs and I found some 2.3 Deax DHEA folding tires and tubes to match to put on the bike. Had it tuned at the LBS and the guy offered $250-$300 if I wanted to trade it in. Sounds like a great deal but the reason I bought a $100 used bike is because I cant afford to sink much more into the sport until I try it out. That being said the bike I bought is in excellent condition and works great.
Now that you have an idea of my two days of experience with a non Wal-Mart quality bike, can anyone tell me what this bike is best suited for? XC, AM, paved only? I am mainly interested in trail riding with a little street here and there but may find some more challenging terrain if when I get better. I need the forum's collective wisdom to make sure I don't go out and over task the bike somewhere it isn't supposed to be.
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