Not really new to biking (plenty as a kid/teen/early 20's), but never did anything serious. Now, reconnected with an old hockey teammate and some other guys, and would like to do some trail riding, forest service roads etc, ride with girlfriend etc.
I"m 6' 140(!), but don't really like the huge feeling of what I am on now. Riding it on some dirt trails is alot of work, whereas when I borrowed my dads 17.5" Haro full suspension bike (can't recall the model) and rode to the trail, around the loop, back trough town finished off climbing the hill to get to his house and still felt like I could do more. It was touch over 2.5 hrs from start to finish.
Leaning towards Fuel EX5 (found some decently priced used ones) as I like to jump things (mx background coming out). There is a '09 Stumpjumper PRO FSR for 1600, but that may not be what I need this early on. Currently riding 90's Giant Rincon SE 19.5". I work valet @ casino so I walk at least 3/4 of my day and not someone who is way out of shape.
Budget is $1000-1500. I thought I would start out there and maybe next spring when I have more riding under my belt see where I am at.
Hope that is enough info. Ready to buy something now but wanted to check here. Thursday gf and I are going to the closest town with good bike shops. She is ready to move out of the walmart bike and I will talk to them too, but I was hoping to pick up a lightly used bike that new would be out of budget.
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