Hey folks, long time lurker here looking for some buying advice. I'm currently getting back into biking. I have a 22" Raleigh M 50 DX II that i hope to sell soon and buy a 18-19" frame hardtail bike. Years ago a dude at the lbs sold me the 22" even though it was clearly oversized (I'm 5'11, sz 30 inseam). It hasn't been a problem until now that I'm starting to ride more serious trails.
My budget is about $500.00 and I'm looking for a well-equipped hardtail.
I can get the Reaper 1 for quite a bit of money off:
Rocky Mountain Reaper I Bike '11 > Complete Bikes > Dirt Jumper Bikes | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop
a Motobecane 700 HT from bike island (I assume its a Bikes Direct clearance house)
Although it retails for less, I live in Texas so I have to pay sales tax on this particular model.
Another option is to buy just the frame and forks and switch over all the Raleigh's components onto the new frame. Though the derailleurs are aging Shimano Aceras, hayes disc brakes and WTB saddle.
Anybody care to chime in? Are the 700HT's components a big improvement from the Reaper's?
Results 1 to 8 of 8
Check out the hottest mountain bike products from these brands!
See All Interbike Coverage - Click Here »