1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    Post your less than $400 mountain bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ditchbanker View Post
    This might be cheating, but I feel like I'm getting a bike for about $400.

    Before I went to college (the first time...) I bought a 2000 or 2001 K2 ZED SE. The crummy rst fork went out within the first year despite the fact that I can't remember EVER riding it off road. It's been sitting in my garage unused ever sense. I've almost tossed it a couple times, but didn't. Yesterday I did some awesome mountain biking on an old fully rigid stump jumper that is too small. Now I'm hooked. Took the k2 into the local shop and had it looked over. LBS owner told me that it's a decent frame with some potential. Told me for about $400 (might be a bit over) he could replace rear deralier, shifters, brakes, forks and wheels, with quality used parts he has on hand to get it superior to $400 off the shelf bikes. Slept on it and will be bringing in my K2 this morning. I'll try to post before and afters after I get it back
    I just picked up a 1999 K2 Zed X for $150,not as good a deal as some of these here, but it was in perfect condition, al Deore LX components, Kenda tires look brand new, components alone worth more than what I paid for the whole bike.

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    2010 Fuji Nevada

    $200 Brand new w some upgrades in parts
    $125-Kinesis Maxlight XLT Forks New from ChainReactionCycles
    $22- Got lucky on Ebay- Stealth Pro Evo Carbon Seatpost
    $40- FSA Stem w/carbon Cap & XRoc Carbon Handlebars
    - Evo Grips and White Wellgo Pedals

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    I just picked up a 2010 rockhopper comp 29er off cl for $350! Everything works and it rides great! I can't wait to do some upgrades. I don't think I can post pics yet since I'm a noob to the forum

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    uh, no.

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    2010 Fuji Nevada
    well done.

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    Thank you Bob,
    The performance of the bike is incredibly better !It is amazing how much weight I lost with the new components I picked up. The way it now handles, accelerates, turns and the control of the bike is awesome!!

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    well done.

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    Just picked this up yesterday first mountian bike in a long time. 2011 diamondback response comp barely used got it for $375. Have some plans for upgrades soon. New to the forum also, lots of great info here.
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    my trek fuel 90. $350. i got it yesterday and i am loving it!
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    wow, that trek is a steal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob13bob View Post
    wow, that trek is a steal.
    thank you. i saw it at a pawn shop and had to jump on that deal. i jumped on it and it rode perfect. loving it for a beginners bike.

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    right at $400. decent deal. needed a bike on short notice. would have preferred 26", but short notice.

    seller claims 2013. pretty much brand new.

    giant karakoram 2.0


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    Quote Originally Posted by bob13bob View Post
    right at $400. decent deal. needed a bike on short notice. would have preferred 26", but short notice.

    seller claims 2013. pretty much brand new.

    giant karakoram 2.0


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    50 bucks cheaper than blue book price. Good buy. Listing Detail - Bicycle Blue Book

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob13bob View Post
    right at $400. decent deal. needed a bike on short notice. would have preferred 26", but short notice.

    seller claims 2013. pretty much brand new.

    giant karakoram 2.0


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    2013 Karakoram 2.0 - Trail Bikes - Mountain Bikes - GT Bicycles
    it is 2013, actually I am about to get this exactly bike GT karakoram 2.0 tomorrow too for $500 brand new from store. Everything seems good except that it comes with the bottom level XC28 fork. But Alivio/Deroe Drivetrains and Shimano hydro brakes are nice for the price tho

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    here's my cl find. $300 2011 cannondale f5 in great shape.

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    No picture, but I get around a bit on a 2012 Scott Aspect 60. I would not think it would be great on a mountain, but it's pretty decent for commuting and handling some dirt and small rocks. I got it for $360. Looks at a short distance like a much more expensive bike. Feels like a slightly more expensive bike.

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    '08 Trek 3700....

    Paid $330 in October of '07.


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    Quote Originally Posted by epic-gamer View Post
    it is 2013, actually I am about to get this exactly bike GT karakoram 2.0 tomorrow too for $500 brand new from store. Everything seems good except that it comes with the bottom level XC28 fork. But Alivio/Deroe Drivetrains and Shimano hydro brakes are nice for the price tho
    shoot, then i paid too much. I knew it. There are better deals to be had on ebay if patient me thinks. I've seen new marins with higher end components go for about $500.

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    The bike that got me into mountain biking a few years ago:

    2010 Hardrock with upgraded wheelset, bb7s, fork. $250

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    The bike that got me into single speed:
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