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    looking for a sturdy bike for a 250lb crusher

    I'm helping a friend..
    Looking for ideas for a mountain bike (complete -new or used, $700 or less) that will survive a 250lb 20 year old with little regard for bicycles. Rigid and simple is fine.
    He's broken a few.
    Maybe a used instigator or other dirt jumper? 5' 11"
    anyone got leads or ideas?

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    Get him something cheap if he doesn't give a f about bikes. When he neglects it and parts break, he won't be too mad when a replacement is cheap.

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    I'm just saying $700 is the budget. The point it to try to get something that does not have to be replaced as in the past. It's not an attitude against bikes - there is a mental disability involved.
    So looking for off the shelf strong frame & wheels, everything else can be basic.

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    Check out Specialized HardRock Disc.

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    Dawes Bullseye. Single speed rigid 29er at Bikes Direct for $400. It's steel, with nice BB5 mechanical brakes and built like a tank.

    Mountain Bikes - 29er SingleSpeed - Dawes Deadeye
    He who dares....wins!

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    I know we all get tired of seeing the same old "what bike should I get?" threads but I wish you SS zealots would knock it off with your single speed bike recommendations in them. No noob wants a SS. Heck, no right-minded veteran wants one. Only oddball weirdos want them. No offense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhix01 View Post
    I know we all get tired of seeing the same old "what bike should I get?" threads but I wish you SS zealots would knock it off with your single speed bike recommendations in them. No noob wants a SS. Heck, no right-minded veteran wants one. Only oddball weirdos want them. No offense.
    For $700, you are likely to get better components with rigid ss than with suspension and gears. A lot of $900-1000 bikes from 2011 and 2012 are being sold for $700-$800. I have 2010 Kona Unit (rigid ss 29er), and I beat the living crap out of it (handful of 1-2' drops per session) for a season and a half without having to replace anything (I was hovering around 220 - 240lb). I had to get the rear wheel trued twice during that time. 2010 had 15g spokes on Alex EN24 rims. I don't know about 2011, but 2012 has 14g spokes in the rear and WTB speeddisc all mountain rims.
    Ghisallo Wheels

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    They're (we're) noobs! Riding an SS with or without being rigid, is hard. Noobs aren't in shape, they can't handle unruly bikes/trials well yet - they need all the help they can get. Lower end components with gears and suspension are better for a noob (in my opinion) than better components without them. Plus, what components are left after you remove the fork and gears? Brakes? They'll be walking the trials with a SS, they won't need brakes. Rigid I get, SS no way. Experienced/fit riders only - in my opinion. People who know very little about biking come here for advice from more knowledgeable people and I think some of those forget what it was like being a noob. I'm still a noob and I know there's no way I could handle trails without my gears. I'd be a hiker taking my bike out for a hike.

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    Cheap GT bikes.
    i have more than you.
    ...because i have me and you.

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    Ok, so we know SS is out of the question. I agree with a 2011 or 2012 Specialized bike...or find used.

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