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    Price Check: Diamondback Response XE

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    I'm looking into getting a cheap mountain bike and ran accross this bike for $280. I'm sure I can talk the guy down to at least $240
    Is this a good deal or should I pass?
    I'm more of a road bike user, but friends want to start doing mountain biking. Mind you, we are no experts.

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    For $250ish it isn't terrible, but know that it is a very entry level bike. Biggest drawback is the Suntour XCT fork, which is really designed more for off-pavement (ie gravel) than off-road riding. That said, not a bad way to get started, just keep to trails where the front wheel is staying on the ground, and if you want to start hitting the bigger things plan on a fork upgrade in a season or 2.

    If it were me, I might hunt a bit more for a bike that has a XCM or XCR fork, or maybe the rockshox xc28. Still entry level, but a bit more capable before jumping to the next tier of cost.

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    Thanks for your response.
    Yeah, it's to start off. I'm more of a road biker.
    I saw this for $250OBO. Is this better instead?
    http://img.localbiketrader.com/bikes...os/13294_1.jpg
    mechanical disc brakes, 24 speeds (8 X3) and Shimano components.26" wheels and brand new rear tire.

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    so, if anything, worse. Go with the original DB, it is fine until you know what you want in a MTB. Then your budget jumps 4-5 fold.

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