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    Looking for a new bike... What are your opinions on the Motobecane 450ht?

    Hi there! I'm fairly new to mountain biking, but a friend and I have really started getting into it during the past couple months. Currently, my only bike is a 13-year-old Gary Fisher Tarpon. I've had it since I was a kid and have always taken good care of it. It still works fine, but it has a 13" frame, and I'm 5'7", so I think it's time to upgrade to a bike that fits me. I'm a college student, so money is a little tight, but I'm hoping to find an affordable bike that will perform well and last a long time.
    What do you think of the Motobecane 450ht? (link: Save up to 60% off Mountain Bikes - MTB - Motobecane 450HT) It seems like a quality bike for the price, but because I'm a noob I would really appreciate some other opinions.

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    Well, it looks alright for the money, $320 is not much at all in mountain bike pricing.

    The saddle looks a bit "unisex" and the tyres are not very aggressive looking. But it has a SRAM drivetrain and at least you've heard of SR Suntour who make the front fork. The fork will most likely be just a spring, but it will be better than nothing.

    I would say if you want a new bike for that money, and you do not expect it to cope with hardcore off-road, it should be alright.

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    College is a great place to look for a bike. College communities often support a bike shop right on campus and another one nearby, dealing in used bikes.

    You probably need to move up two sizes. But maybe only one. I think test riding is in order, which is something you don't have to give up, within your budget, by going to a used bike shop.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    That is, if you are happy to buy a used bike.

    If that is the case then a whole new range of options open up.

    But care is needed when buying a cheap used bike.

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