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    Noob question

    So I just bought a mountain bike for working out. Thought it would help me shed some pounds, but I'm getting into mountain biking at some local trails and want to know everyone's opinion on my bike. I got it for around $300 at a local store. So far only mods I've done is bar ends and more comfortable saddle. Also I'm having trouble finding bikes in 24" size because I'm a girl and only 5'2. Anyone have any suggestions on bikes for someone my size?
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    Well congrats... did you go to a dept store for her?
    Usually one would get a recommendation on going to a bike shop first to get fitted onto a bike. You could have been riding something a bit more catered to your height rather than one off the shelf.
    Couldn't tell you anything about a 24" other than that is the wheel size.
    Other companies like Trek, Cannondale and others make bikes in more commonly found tire/wheel sizes.. and make bike frames that cater as well to women.

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    Thanks ya I got it from a dept. store. I live in a small city and we have one bike shop here but all the bikes were like $1,000+ and I was just looking for something to work out on and commute a mile to work. My fear now is that this isn't a good bike to go trail riding.

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    Don't waste time with 24" wheels. A 14 or 15" frame with 26" wheels will serve you better.
    My buddy's wife is 4'11" and has the smallest full suspension bike Specialized makes in a woman's spec.
    I think my sister in law's friend is 5'3" and she's on a 13" 29er. I had to put a shorter stem and riser bar on it but she loves the ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtb_shel View Post
    Thanks ya I got it from a dept. store. I live in a small city and we have one bike shop here but all the bikes were like $1,000+ and I was just looking for something to work out on and commute a mile to work. My fear now is that this isn't a good bike to go trail riding.
    Use it for exactly that. Commuting. Buy a better bike when you can.
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    Awesome thanks for the input guys! I also have a question on the back of the frame there is some kind of suspicion attached to the back wheel. Is this bike a full suspension bike?

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    Congrats! Good choice for starters. When you get into the sport a little more, you will be shocked at how nice the more expensive bikes ride and do everything. That's the time to upgrade.
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    yes it is a full suspension bike
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    Yes, that would be a full suspension bike... but don't think for a moment that you can safely start riding off large bolders with that suspension.
    When you start looking at expensive bikes and why the suspension is what it is... then you look at the sub $500 full suspension bikes... be weary... very very weary.
    Those bikes are really made to give you a stepping stone..

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    Sweet! Thanks!

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    There is most likely a sticker on that bike saying it isn't designed for off road .Most shops will let you test ride bikes,some will let you demo for a small fee,some have rentals. Bike companys and some shops have demo days .

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    Congrats on entering the sport. Just keep your tire pressure correct and your chain lubed and your shifters tuned. Then keep riding.

    When you really get bit by the trail bug, then it's time to look at a real trail-worthy mountain bike. Over the past several years, many of the bike manufacturers have included women specific models in their line. Even so, many had size XS available.

    That'd be about right for 5'-2"
    Just get out and ride!

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