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    ... and if we just ... What bike? 6'4", 230lb, ride pretty hard, 60% trails/40% urban, $500 budget

    Hi All!

    I'm new posting here but I have been lurking here for awhile. As you can see I'm in the market for a new bike. I'm 6'4" 230 lbs and I ride trails hard and also do alot of urban riding to work and with the GF. 60% trails/40% urban. My budget is $500 +/- $200...

    So does anyone have recommendations for me? Or is it not realistic to find a bike that would fit me that I wouldn't overpower for that price range.

    This forum has some great information. Thanks again!

    Edy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigEdy
    Hi All!

    I'm new posting here but I have been lurking here for awhile. As you can see I'm in the market for a new bike. I'm 6'4" 230 lbs and I ride trails hard and also do alot of urban riding to work and with the GF. 60% trails/40% urban. My budget is $500 +/- $200...

    So does anyone have recommendations for me? Or is it not realistic to find a bike that would fit me that I wouldn't overpower for that price range.

    This forum has some great information. Thanks again!

    Edy
    Take a look at the specialized hardrock series. They are built a little tougher for your weight/aggressive style.

    The comp disc model looks pretty decent. ($600)
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    Well, you'll find plenty of choices in hardtails in that area. I favor Specialized, and you might be satisfied with say a Hardrock Comp Disc. The weak point in any bike in that price range is really going to be the fork. You can get a good starting point with a $500 hardtail and upgrade the fork so something like a RockShox Reba for several hundred more if you find it on sale.

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    GUys thanks for the quick reponse. My local dealer has the HR Comp Disc 24" on sale for $519.

    I'm gonna go take a look at it tonight.

    I have one question about the tires on a hardtail like this... will they be OK say if I switch to say 80% road-urban/20% trail? I'm hoping that it can handle both out of the box and I won't have to do much upgrading since I don't ride all that much but plan to in the future.

    Thanks again.

    Edy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigEdy
    GUys thanks for the quick reponse. My local dealer has the HR Comp Disc 24" on sale for $519.

    I'm gonna go take a look at it tonight.

    I have one question about the tires on a hardtail like this... will they be OK say if I switch to say 80% road-urban/20% trail? I'm hoping that it can handle both out of the box and I won't have to do much upgrading since I don't ride all that much but plan to in the future.

    Thanks again.

    Edy
    The knobbie tires will roll a little more slowly on the road than a more slick design, but if you inflate them good and hard, they will be ok.

    Also, they will wear faster on the road than on trail, but they will last a good while anyways.
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    The Hardrock is definately a great model that Specialized puts out. My boyfriend just bought one last week and is absolutely in love with it. He is about your size and bought a XL (for some reason they don't size these bikes like the rest of them), seems to fit him just fine.

    I am actually in the same situation, I'm looking for a new bike since I outgrew my Rockhopper over the years.

    Would investing in the Hardrock Comp/Pro be better simply because of the better forks? This bike will most likely never see rugged dirt paths, simply just stick to paved trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YZF Bliss
    The Hardrock is definately a great model that Specialized puts out. My boyfriend just bought one last week and is absolutely in love with it. He is about your size and bought a XL (for some reason they don't size these bikes like the rest of them), seems to fit him just fine.

    I am actually in the same situation, I'm looking for a new bike since I outgrew my Rockhopper over the years.

    Would investing in the Hardrock Comp/Pro be better simply because of the better forks? This bike will most likely never see rugged dirt paths, simply just stick to paved trails.
    Better forks? Why do you need a suspension fork at all for paved paths? I would look at something more like Giant's line of fitness bikes if it will not see dirt. Skinny tires for less rolling resistance, but not rodie style drop bars.
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/cn/030....asp?range=231
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    Better forks? Why do you need a suspension fork at all for paved paths? I would look at something more like Giant's line of fitness bikes if it will not see dirt. Skinny tires for less rolling resistance, but not rodie style drop bars.
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/cn/030....asp?range=231
    Thanks for the input, although all those bikes are out of my price range.

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