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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    Yeah for Diamondbacks!

    Also have the 2011 Diamondback Response Sport like Qubo_2408. Love this bike!

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    I'm hooked on this thread!

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    Got this '05 Specialized Hardrock Comp at the local pawn shop for $210. After a few tweakings I got this baby riding smoothly.
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    '09 Cannondale F7
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    Ok Let's see If I figured this out. I traded some old comic books for this '09 Cannondale F7. The LCS (local comicbook shop) said they give me $300 of my collection. I got the F7 and $150 for my books. So I paid $150 for the bike. Not a bad deal no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vi,rus View Post
    Post your less than $400 bike. It may be stock, used, with upgrades, but it should be less than $400. Thanks for helping newbies entering MTB with a limited budjet.
    My Dawes "Huffy"


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    Consignment Find

    I bought my bike from a LBS that was selling it for someone. $450 w/a helmet, gloves (Just over the thread limit, haha). The brakes still squeaked and the tires had the little nubs still. Went home, saw how much it was new...went back and made a deal to buy it with a free helmet and pair of gloves thrown in.



    KHS Bicycles :: DJ200

    It's been awesome so far.
    "Ever take it off any sweet jumps?"

    08 KHS DJ200

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    ^^^

    looks clean as hell
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    My craigslist for sale

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyle_vk View Post
    Disclaimer: This bike was $450...but we all know that you'll drop the extra $50 on something that hits your sweet spot.




    Love that paint scheme 09 also only hardtail durango
    If you have sex in a car with airbags....does that count as safe sex???

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlallak View Post
    Got this '05 Specialized Hardrock Comp at the local pawn shop for $210. After a few tweakings I got this baby riding smoothly.
    Hate to burst your bubble, but that's not a 2005. Looks to be 2001 or older.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkley View Post
    Hate to burst your bubble, but that's not a 2005. Looks to be 2001 or older.
    He's right.

    Here is a picture that I found of another 2001 Hardrock:

    ~ 2011 GT Avalanche 2.0
    ~ 1993 Diamondback Topanga
    ~ 2012 Diamondback Overdrive Expert

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    should add on mine i think with buying and fixes bikes and then trading them around i have a total of about 200 that that bike ended up costing
    If you have sex in a car with airbags....does that count as safe sex???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkley View Post
    Hate to burst your bubble, but that's not a 2005. Looks to be 2001 or older.
    over paid as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkley View Post
    Hate to burst your bubble, but that's not a 2005. Looks to be 2001 or older.
    I think there is a separate "Rain On People's Parade" thread.

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    My last 2 bikes for you guys...

    My Cannondale Chase 3 picked it up off CL for $350



    Rocky Mountain ETSX-50 Picked it up off a Local rider for $400

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkley View Post
    Hate to burst your bubble, but that's not a 2005. Looks to be 2001 or older.
    No worries, after being pointed in the right direction i.e. Bikepedia. I believe it's a 2000 Specialized Hardrock A1 comp. Though all that matters is I love riding this bike.
    '09 Cannondale F7
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    well, after everything's said and done on this, i think i'm actually up 50 bucks or so. so -50 dollar bike?
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    Keep posting guys. I'm trying to get into the sport. The thread is really helping with my decision. Thanks!

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    Found this @ bikesbluebook.com Search Listing

    not as bad as I thought.
    '09 Cannondale F7
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    nvm

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    I bought my fully rigid Haro Impulse from a LBS in 1993. According to them, a college student had purchased it new from them, but it sat in his dorm room for a year and then he had to move, so he sold it back to the shop. So it was brand new, not a speck of dirt on on it, didn't look like it had ever been ridden and they let me have it for $330. I rode it like hell in Montana and have been riding it ever since. I can't believe it has held together this long. I just bought a new bike this week, but I'm sure I will go back to this thing from time to time. It will always hold a special place in my heart.


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    05 Trek Fuel 80 - $400
    Upgraded by previous owner
    The Captain rear
    WTB Weirwolf front
    Shimano clipless pedals
    Specialized rival saddle

    Found on craigslist
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbeck View Post
    05 Trek Fuel 80 - $400
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    The Captain rear
    WTB Weirwolf front
    Shimano clipless pedals
    Specialized rival saddle

    Found on craigslist
    do want

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    Bought this yesterday and picked it up today..

    Diamondback Overdrive Expert 29er..



    Got it locally from Performance Bicycle for $400 after getting them to price match it to their "sister" company Nashbar who had it on sale. With my Performance points rebate the bike is a net cost to me of $360.
    ~ 2011 GT Avalanche 2.0
    ~ 1993 Diamondback Topanga
    ~ 2012 Diamondback Overdrive Expert

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    I think there is a separate "Rain On People's Parade" thread.
    I'm not knocking it, just informing. Like if he goes to buy a derailleur hanger or other frame-specific parts.

    It's a cool bike either way, and not a bad deal for $210 if it's in good condition.

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    06 Trek 6500 SLR




    Got it from a local biker for $250

    Changes:

    -Magura Laurin ML85XC
    -Avid Juicy 7 Disk Brake System
    -RaceFace Evolve XC Crank
    -CrisKing Headset
    -Ritchey WCS Handle Bar, grips, Stem, and Seat post
    -WTB Pure V saddle

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