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    His and her bikes for 2 noobs

    Hey all, I have a "spend my money" question for everyone. My wife and I are looking to start trail riding and neither of us have bikes. I think we'd like to spend between about $1500 and $2000 to get us both up and going (helmets, shoes, and peddles included ... maybe). Anyway, there are two worthwhile facts to know:

    1. I am a 6'3" 230 lb guy who is concerned about my weight on a bike. I am in the process of losing weight, but don't expect to get under 205-210.

    2. We have a GT iDrive team frame with pretty much all of the components to go along with it except a fork (it is completely disassembled, a few years old, but in pretty good condition). I am not sure if it would work out for a guy of my weight, but my wife would be happy to use it if we throw a fork on it and get it assembled by someone with a clue (not us).

    So anyway, I guess my two questions are:

    How would you go about getting the iDrive up and going and how much would you expect to spend doing that?

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    Should I only be considering clydesdale type bikes for myself, and if so, which should I be looking at if I really want a bike I will be happy with for my first couple years?

    Thanks a ton,

    Reed

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    I cant comment on hom much it would cost to assemble the GT but as far as what bike you should buy for your size, When I started riding about a year and a half ago I weighed 326 lbs. I bought a Trek 4500 and have been riding it ever since with no problems.

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    Your GT iDrive Team bike is a full blown XC race bike, with XC race geometry. Not as comfortable as a trail bike.

    Do some research on a few models, come back and post the specs, and we can offer opinions.

    Let me say this up front: When comparing different bikes, focus on the frames, forks, and wheelset. If brand X has a model A2 for $600, and a model A1 for $750, you will find that usually, you will get a better fork, lighter, stronger wheelset, ALONG with an upgraded drivetrain. If you purchase model A2, you will find it will cost you over $300-$400 to upgrade A2 to A1 specs.
    The suspension of your bike sucks if it's different than mine. Really. It sucks. Big time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boulder Pilot
    Let me say this up front: When comparing different bikes, focus on the frames, forks, and wheelset. If brand X has a model A2 for $600, and a model A1 for $750, you will find that usually, you will get a better fork, lighter, stronger wheelset, ALONG with an upgraded drivetrain. If you purchase model A2, you will find it will cost you over $300-$400 to upgrade A2 to A1 specs.
    This needs to be in a sticky...

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