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    Good job! New guy from BMX into MTB

    I'm new to this forum, but not at all new to forums in general. I'm 24, and don't have a mountain bike. I rode BMX for the majority of my teenager years. City stuff, stairs, rails, benches and ledges. With the occasional trip to some where with dirt jump. I haven't avidly ridden a bike in probably 3-4 years. But I want to get back into riding, but not BMX.

    I rented a bike over the weekend and rode some trails in the area. Had a great time, and am hooked as I expected. Only issue was the bike that I rented felt way too big for me. I don't know anything about it besides it was a 29er and the tag they had on it read $2099. I believe it was a Scott. Either a 19 or 21.

    I've done quite a bit of research and at this point I know I need to just go ride some bikes at the bike store and maybe get sized. My price range is somewhere under $750. I know myself well enough to know whatever I get will end up getting upgraded when stuff breaks or gets worn, or doesn't suit me. So I'm ok with having to make some upgrades as I progress.

    I plan on riding trails with it, single track i guess would be what we have in the Delaware area.

    I found a used Raleigh on CL and have been talking to the seller and he's willing to let me ride it on a trail. I've been told its a 6-8 year old bike and that's the only info I got. Looks like a clean bike, but I have no idea what it's worth. Was wondering if I got it at 300$ that was a fair price? If I even liked riding it that is.

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    Or do I just spend a little more to start on something that is actually fitted to me and up to modern specs? Any suggestions for a guy who's coming from riding little BMX bikes? Sorry for the typical question... Hope some one is willing to help! <label for="rb_iconid_14"></label>

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    So from your background I'm gonna pretty much assume you've got a decent level of comfort wrenching on a bike and also have a good idea of how you prefer a bike to feel and handle in general. At your price range, I'd lean strongly towards find a good deal on a used bike, but if you think it's something you're going to approach on more than a casual level (which I'd expect if you were into riding street; your handling skills are gonna be much higher than a 'typical' beginner, and you're probably going to demand more from your bike in it's first few rides than many riders ever do), I would be looking at the top of your budget.

    As far as 29ers, even coming from a lot of time on 26" wheels, let alone 20", they just feel wonky to me in general, specially the lower end ones. You're money is going to go a lot farther on a 26, and I'd be willing to bet it's going to feel better to you.

    That Raliegh doesn't look like a bad deal for the price. You can get a good idea of used values for specific bikes here:

    Bicycle Blue Book - Used Bikes

    I scanned the Deleware CL ads and it's kind of a vast wasteland as far as bikes at the moment. Any shops in your area deal in pre-owned bikes? Or possibly any local riding or trail advocacy groups that have a website with a 'for sale' forum?
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    Thanks for the info! Yea there's a few local shops in the area, but I haven't checked them out aside from waking around looking at the shiny new bikes. And I've checked the Imba Delaware/Maryland chapter website and looked at some classifieds and I didn't see anything that peaked my interest. There's definitely not much in the Delaware Craigslist right now. A 26er is probably what I'll end up trying to look at, wether new or used. Plus everything I read is that if you buy a new 26er, you can usually get it with higher end parts compared to a base model 29er at a similar cost.

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    Hey man, a lot of us come from a BMX background. I recommend getting a 26" bike personally, probably a hardtail to make the transition easier. The right bike will feel as playful as a 20" BMX and you will be able to rip trails on it.

    I just got my girlfriend a 27.5" hardtail and it is the most "BMX" feeling bike i've ridden in a long time. It's so damn fun coming from my full suspension. In an ideal world i'd have a rigid, hardtail, FS trail bike, AND a gravity rig. However, i only have one bike right now (other than my old BMX), and it's been treating me well.

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