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  1. #1
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    May 2007

    New to the sport!!

    Hey guys,

    I'm a lifetime BMX'r and have decided to delve into the mountain biking world. I'm looking for some input on bike options, I see the numerous differnet types of bikes available but don't really know the difference between them. The hardtail, full suspension, freeride, etc... I will be doing mostly recreational riding with the occasional "tough" trail ride. Any input would be helpful, I was thinking about this for my beginner bike [EMAIL=""] - what do you think?

  2. #2
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    It's certainly hard to go wrong on a hardtail with a 100mm fork, at least until you figure out how or what you want to ride.

    At that pricepoint you're not going to find much variation between components, so I'd search around for the best price on the best-fitting bike, regardless of brand.

    Pay attention to the fork, though. Compare reviews here on MTBR and maybe you'll end up with a fork more worthwhile than another.
    MTBR Hiatus UFN

  3. #3
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    Oct 2004
    Test ride as many bikes as you can.

    Try different models form the same manufacturer, different manufacturers, different models of the same bike...

    Don't rush the decision.

    Find the bike that feels the best to you.

    Form the type of riding you said you want to do a Cross Country Bike should fit the bill nicely.

    There are several types of Mountain Bikes

    Cross Country (XC)
    Free Ride
    Urban/Jump Bikes
    All Mountain Bikes
    Down Hill

    And I probably missed some

    Cross Country is where it all began - Fast twisty trails with small (up to about 2') drops and log obstacles and the like. Can be Hard Tail (like the GF bike you linked to) or full suspension bikes with up to about 4" of travel in the suspension - the Lightest of the MTBs

    Free Ride - Taking pre made trails out of the equation and riding where and when you want over what ever gets in your way. Can be a hard tail of full suspension similar to an XC bike, but some what heavier

    Urban/Jump Bikes - Like the BMX of the MTB world Urban assault, Jump bikes are for just that jumping (the Urban bikes and Jump Bikes share a lot of design characteristics.

    All Mountain Bikes - Heavy duty full suspension bikes that can take a bigger hit then an XC bike usually about 6" of Travel full suspension bikes

    Down Hill - Think of this as the Super Duty Mountain Bike. 8" of travel 40+ Lbs of bike designed to go bombing down the mountain and fly off of huge drops at a high rate of speed.

    If I have forgotten any thing or miss represented any of the categories please feel free to correct me. I am an XC guy so I don't pay a whole lot of attention to the other aspects of the sport

    I hope this helps

    Good Luck

    2008 Santa Cruz Superlight SPX-XC Kit

    2003 Specialized Rockhopper FSR-XC Comp

    2006 Specialized Allez Sport Double

  4. #4
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    Just get a tricycle and stick to the driveway!!! you ole New Englander!!!!!!

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    The way things are going here, I might have to take that route!!!

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