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    My "real" bike was stolen...

    My prized possession, a 2000 Specialized full suspension xc bike was stolen earlier. I was unable to replace it with anything nice. I am thinking that since I bought a cheap Walmart bike I can change out the 27.5 plus junk of junk fork with a 29er plus fork. I'm spending more on the fork than I paid for the bike though. Anybody got any good suggestions? I think that if I upgrade the fork and wheelset as well as the brakes it might actually be a mediocre bike. Lol

    What would you do if your two thousand dollar bike got stolen and you made $600.00 a month with social security disability income?

    The bike I have is a Huffy Carnage. It's not terrible...

    Thanks for any ideas.

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    You do realize you can pick up a replacement 2000 specialized full sus xc bike for a lot less than $2000, right? Significantly less than one of your monthly checks.

    I presume your disability negates the use of a hard tail. I'd suggest, when you can spare some cash, to look at getting a used Giant full sus bike. A lot of bike for the (less than the big 3) money either new or used.

    I can never suggest throwing money at a Wally World bike. I'd rather pick up a mildly used entry level bike with a so-so fork that gets the job done than 'upgrade' those things. Installing quality parts seems to have the effect of stressing the non-upgraded parts, and stuff just keeps failing. You can eventually end up with a crappy frame that's not meant for trail use kitted out to your liking, but the ride quality isn't much better than the day you first plopped onto the saddle.
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    Well this is my transportation at the Moment. I did find a used Cannondale hardtail that I like but it was still out of my price range. I guess the Huffy will stay a Huffy and I will just have to save up for something better.

    Thanks for the input.

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    P.s. the Huffy rides really good for a Huffy.

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    This doesn't look like a Huffy...

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    Huffy Carnage can rip until it got to the end of the trail


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkMnk_eCDQU


    Overall it held up and I think if you change out the brakes with some Shimano Deores you'd have a bike with brakes.

    Keep in mind Phil from this YouTube video is one skilled rider! He probably can rip this huffy on the downhill better than probably 80% of the folks on here with their $4k AM bikes.

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    you can buy a 2000 Specialized xc bike for the same price as a decent 29er fork,,If you can ride a hard tail there's a lot to be had for say $300

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    Save carefully, and shop even more so. Keep an eye on your local craigslist. You might consider something like midfat for fat tires, to make the ride softer, and then upgrade the fork, eventually.

    https://boise.craigslist.org/i/bikes

    These guys have some good deals.

    Framed Bikes

    Also look at Performance Bike and Nashbar, and check this forum regularly, a lot of good ideas come up.

    There is also Pinkbike, buy/sell classifieds, and there is a Surly/Salsa used group on facebook. It's private, you would have to have someone add you. (I could).

    FYI, a lot of bike shops do lay-away, if you ask.

    Out of curiosity, what size do you need? How tall are you?
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    You might also check a local bicycle recycling center. They may be able to help you refurbish a good used bike and bring it up to your needs.

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    I'd look around. When I sold my 2000 Sworks, the most I could get for it was $700.

    Looking back I wish I had never sold it.
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    That video was awesome!

    I bought a baseline Cannondale. I would like to slowly build it up. Thanks for the links to the different parts sites. I haven't heard of most of them.

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