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    Bike purchase feedback/help

    I am 29yrs old/6'/160lbs looking to purchase my first real mountain bike. I want something that will serve multiple purposes on my local trails that consist of rocks/dirt/roots/up to 4' drops. I am leaning towards full suspension but only have a $300 budget, therefore, looking used on Craigslist. Here are some of my options:

    2001 Schwinn Rocket 88 w/upgrades:
    Marzouchii Bomber Fork
    Rock Shox SID Rear Shock
    Shimano XT Group (including brakes)
    LX Brake Levers

    2001 GT iDrive 5

    2004 Gary Fisher Sugar 4+

    2000 Specialized Rockhopper FSR

    YR? Iron Horse Ginsu

    YR? Balance Pro - would need complete overhaul

    YR? Kona Cinder Cone (hard tail):
    16" (small) frame size
    Original bronze color and Kona badging
    Shimano Deore XT shifter/brake combo levers
    Shimano Deore XT rear derailleur
    Deore XT front derailleur
    Tektro brakes
    Silver WTB saddle
    Kenda Small Block 8 tires, brand spankin' new
    24 speed (3 x 8)
    Manitou Minute suspension fork, new

    Any suggestions?


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    Please help me. Would like to make a decision by the weekend.

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    Another thought: My Redline DS1 has 28/38/48 cranks. I was thinking of using a 650B rear with disc brake and 29 front. Is this a reasonable thought? What cogs should I use on the rear?

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    Just caught another buy - 2006 Kona Dawg
    Put it in the mix...

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    It is hard but not impossible to find what you need if you stick to hardtail. FS at $300 will be completely worn out.

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    With FS at that price point you may be looking at a lot of trouble. I'm not the most experienced, but I'd say anything built 2000-2004 would likely need a complete overhaul. That will put the cost for the bike well over your limit.
    I saw a hard tail bike for around 300 from Jenson I believe. Brand new, so it would be rideable.
    Another thought. And I may get killed for this, go to your local Walmart, pick up the cheapest bike you feel comfortable riding, and drive that thing into the ground.

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    I can't seem to find that bike on Jenson anymore. It was a closeout.
    My other thought is maybe check CL for a one or two year old hard tail. Some people are buying bikes and putting them up for sale after they sit in the garage unused or rarely used. Just have to look for the best deal, especially when your on a budget.
    Good Luck finding what you're looking for and let us know how you make out.

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