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    Should I go for a new bike or get nice disk brakes and rock this thing?

    Hello,

    I am 5 feet and weigh 90 pounds and this 05 hotrock is not gonna be able to do the stuff I want to do with it. It has 2 inches of suspension travel about and was mostely built for XC. I plan on doing All Mountain style riding. I want to be doing some downhill trails and jumps and drop offs. basicaly what you do in all mountain. For Christmas, I can get up to 400 dollars paid and here are my two options:

    1) Get an 08 Mongoose Otero Super with Xsmall frame size and use its hydrolic disk brakes (It costs 600 at my store and I have 200 dollars) Or I could sell something else for 100 and my current bike (05 Hotrock) do you think I could get 100 out of it? and maybe get my parents to put the money into savings but then I would not get anything else and I can't spend much at Christmas so here is my only chance to get a nicer bike until next year. It probably might be slightely small at first but I will grow into it.

    2) Get like the best hydroulic disk brakes out there and put them on my Hotrock until I get a rim brake bike (How is the FSRxc for any air under 5 feet?) If I could find a bike like that and it could handle somewhat of a beating for 800 dollars I probably would buy it.

    Thanks, and links to any other bikes I could find for under 800 dollars would be greatly appreciated!

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    save and get a proper bike. you dont want to be doing anything crazy on that little hotrock.

    the Otero is more XC...but your pretty feather weight so i dont imagine you could beat that frame up too bad so youll be fine.

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    Can you link me to more of an all mountain bike full suspension under 800 dollars? I know it is rare to find one that cheap but if you do please post it.

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    you're gonna have to look for used bikes thats for sure. there arent many (if any..) sub $1000 new full suspension bikes out there (that id trust my life riding down a hill with atleast).

    at 5ft tall, id be looking for a 24" wheel frame. only 24" FS bike off the top of my head i can think of is Kona Stinky 2-4. Stinky is a freeride bike, but the 24" frame is their kid version. 4" travel front and back. not a bad solution.
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    I am not going to get a used bike because of worn out components and I need something that may be slightely (only slightely) large at first so I can grow into it and out of it.

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    well i'm not gonna go on and argue the used bike topic. its been done before.

    as far as finding a full suspension AM capable bike new and under $800...i say good luck. good fork and rear shock can cost almost as much as that.

    the Mongoose is an ok solution. and like i said before, a 90lb kid isnt gonna put much abuse on it, even if you are doing "jumps". but just remember, in the biking industry you get what you pay for...usually.

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    Just save up a little more and get a 2007 or 2008 Teocali on closeout. Just a little more than the Otero. WAY better bike IMO.
    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

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    dirt jumper should be the ticket, you could add a little longer fork with good damping down the road to make it a bit more trail friendly. Full suspension doesn't make any sense for you, you'll be better off if you can stop thinking about how neato it must be to have it.
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