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    First Bike, Which one?

    Greetings,

    I'ma first time bike buyer and I'm looking at bike new/used between $300-$700. I really enjoy mountain biking every year in Copper Harbor MI. which is pretty rough trails. I only go once a year, so far. I usually rent a bike. But I've gone so much that I figure I should own one. The rest of the year I would be taking onto trails/roads in Illinois. So nothing too crazy.

    I've been looking at used to save some money as I'm also saving up for a Camera.

    Would these bikes serve me well? Or would it be fine to get something cheap and new like a trek 3500, or Specialized Hardrock? I don't expect you guys to look at all these bike [COLOR=#DD3C42 !important]listings[/COLOR] in detail, but if you happen to maybe push me in the right direction that would be really appreciated. thank you very much.

    Specialized Stumpjumper -black
    SPECIALIZED STUMPJUMPER M2

    Specilaized Stumpjumper- blue
    Specialized (Baby Blue) M2 Metal Matrix 17" Hardtail Mountain Bike

    CANNONDALE F500
    CANNONDALE F500

    Trek Liquid 2005
    MTB Trek Liquid

    Trek Y22
    Trek Y22-bike Carbon Frame

    Trek 4900
    trek 4900

    Klein Pulse Comp
    Klein Pulse Comp, Shimano XT, $1900 cost new! Hand-built in USA frame,

    Specialized Rockhopper
    Specialized Rockhopper Mountain Bike Local Pick Up | eBay

    Thanks again!

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    I'm fairly new to this myself and I'm also on a budget. I've done a lot of research looking through this and other forums, and after hours spent trying to get an answer, this is the bike I'm leaning towards: Airborne Guardian 2.0 29'er.

    Here is the link: Airborne Bicycles. Guardian 2.0

    It is a mail order/"off brand" bike. I have read many reviews of this bike from experts and newbies alike, and the general consensus is that this is the best setup you can get in the sub-$1,000 price range. As far as the specs go, it even seems to compete fiercely with quite a few of th $1,000-$2,000 bikes from the big brand names. Do some searching on that one. Everyone who has one seems to love it. And it would be a goof bike for road riding as well since it is a 29er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InLimbo View Post
    I'm fairly new to this myself and I'm also on a budget. I've done a lot of research looking through this and other forums, and after hours spent trying to get an answer, this is the bike I'm leaning towards: Airborne Guardian 2.0 29'er.

    Here is the link: Airborne Bicycles. Guardian 2.0

    It is a mail order/"off brand" bike. I have read many reviews of this bike from experts and newbies alike, and the general consensus is that this is the best setup you can get in the sub-$1,000 price range. As far as the specs go, it even seems to compete fiercely with quite a few of th $1,000-$2,000 bikes from the big brand names. Do some searching on that one. Everyone who has one seems to love it. And it would be a goof bike for road riding as well since it is a 29er.
    Unfortunately, I need the biek in 2 weeks, and they are sold out in my size till August. Thank you for the suggestion.

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    2013 Marin Bobcat Trail 29er 17" MTB Hardtail Bike Shimano 9S Hydraulic Disc New | eBay

    Sometimes the auction version of this listing ends up cheaper but not for someone on a two week schedule. No connection with this listings or Crosslake/Random Bike. The air fork on this bike makes it one of the best bets at your budget level. Trail ready. I would choose it over a Guardian and the Seeker is about equivalent. What's your height and inseam.

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    Wile I really appreciate the recommendations given so far, I would still need to pay a local shop to assemble the bike, which will add to the price. Does anyone have any thoughts on the bikes I've list?

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    Thanks for the recommendations, those bikes are at the top of my budget. I wish I had a bit more time to save up. I"ll have to sell some plasma, I also have this extra kidney handing around... lol

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    The first thing you need to find is what size frame you need ,go to some shops and test ride some bikes.

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    Instead of buying one of those I would rent again. Takes the time and budget out of the picture. You do want to make a good long-term choice.

    The Marin is 90% assembled. Check some Youtube vids on BikeDirect unboxings. That is the only bike on this page I would take to Copper.

    Don't think a used bike won't need any work, especially those old ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangeriderdave View Post
    The first thing you need to find is what size frame you need ,go to some shops and test ride some bikes.
    I actually have. I rode a Giant Talon, and A Trek X-Caliber.

    I actually just bought the Stumpjumper FS late 90s model. It is in like -new condition. he really took care of it. For $375 with 2 new sets of tires. It has Shimano XT components. He had his original reciept and the origin manual/paperwork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    Instead of buying one of those I would rent again. Takes the time and budget out of the picture. You do want to make a good long-term choice.

    The Marin is 90% assembled. Check some Youtube vids on BikeDirect unboxings. That is the only bike on this page I would take to Copper.

    Don't think a used bike won't need any work, especially those old ones.
    WHAT? I would have that Trance 3 or even the Yeti over that eBay bike. I don't know if you don't know what you are talking about, are doing crack, or rode yesterday without a helmet and hit your head, but some of the advice you give here is just appalling!
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    Why don't you grow up. The guy bought his bike already. His list was the subject. Didn't see that Yeti.

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    Thanks for the input, I'll let you know how the bike holds up after I get back from my trip. I probably didn't emphasize that I really didn't want to spend the$ 6-700 on some of the newer lower end bikes I don't like buying low-end stuff if I don't have to. I really wanted to go as inexpensive as possible with the best quality, I assumes that a good quality older bike would be my best choice. As far as renting a bike again, Its about $40 for a half day rental, I would go 2 half days for sure, so at least $80. Then factoring the ability to ride it locally, and my wife to stop nagging me to get a bike so we can go on bike rides (sigh) I figured the best investment would be $375 on a ~1996 Specialized Stumpjumper, its has Shimano XT derailleur, LX Brakes, New Tires. Here is picture.

    https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hpho...99924332_n.jpg

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    Looks like a nice ride. Congrats.

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