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    First Post- Newbie needs help-bike decision

    I know this is long but I'm desperate!! So I've been agonizing over which bike to buy for over 3 weeks now. I've read almost everything I can on this site and many others.

    I'm 6'-0" and 250lbs. Used to ride all of the time, been out of it for the last 8 years. Looking to get back in with an entry level bike. I'm set on a 29er. I've been to pretty much all of the local shops and I'm now familiar with what geometry I want.

    I'm not at all familiar (not in the least bit) with all of the brand names and components. So it's hard for me to determine how much better or worse a particular brand is when compared to another.

    My budget is $600-800. Ideally I would be on the lower end so I can get clipless pedals and shoes, etc..

    I will be rinding 2-3 times a week to work on pavement for 10 miles. I'll also be riding trails about once a month, though I'd like to ride more trail, maybe even the bootlegger stuff here in Vegas but mostly stuff in southern utah (not Moab yet).

    So I can't decide between the following brands and bikes;

    -Marin Bolinas Ridge - $680 http://www.marinbikes.com/2011/bike_...serialnum=1898

    -Kona Mahuna $750 - http://www.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?content=mahuna

    -Diamond Back Overdrive Comp - $650 http://www.diamondback.com/bikes/mtn...drive-comp-11/ this one currently has my knod since I can get it online with free shipping and no tax!

    - Motobecane Fantom 29pro $800 or maybe the Fantom 29 comp fpr $700 http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...om29pro_08.htm This looks like a good deal, but being new, I'm not sure how strong the frame is compared to others. I'm a big boy and I'm not sure about the warranty issues I've read about.

    -Specialized Hardrock Sport Disk 29er $600 http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...cname=Mountain

    -Felt Nine trail $600 http://www.mtb29er.com/2011/2011_Fel...29er_Bike.html

    -Giant Talon 29er $600 http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...er/7377/44105/


    So my thoughts are I like the Diamond back, the Marin, and the Motobecane. I think I'm partial to the DB and Marin since I can look at them and touch them and I'm a sucker for a nice color scheme which the Moto lacks. I like the DB the most because it looks great, white spokes, hydraulic brakes, a nice paint job and what looks like a burly frame. However, I am swayed the by the superior components on the Motobecanes, but I've never heard of them before a few weeks ago. How important is a 'brand name'. The LBS just down the street snubbed their nose at any mention of a Diamondbcak or Moto but they didn't have anything in my price range. The local REI guy, who was quite genuine, told me to go with the Marin or the Moto (he said he'd love to put the Moto together for me for $30) but didn't think too highly of the DB. The guy at Sport Chalet told me that DB is just fine and a quality frame and component set for the $.

    There seems to be alot of discrepency among the forks. I DO NOT want a shitty fork or one I need to mess with. I will be buying one of these 7 bikes. Please help me make the decision! I'm just going to buy what you guys recommend since I recognize my newbieness and lack of experience.
    Thanks.

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    I bought a Fantom29 in July from bikesdirect and have been riding almost daily ever since. The only real problem with it was that it came with an incorrectly-speced bottom bracket (the spindle was too long), which caused problems, but it was a $25 fix. The wheels needed to be trued once, a few weeks ago. Other than that it has been really solid and I would say a great value. Mine has a Dart3 fork on it and I've had no problems. The frame is solid.

    Whatever bike you choose, buy a set of road tires. I bought a set of 700 x 45c Kenda Kwickrollers for like $25 from Nashbar and they make riding on pavement twice as easy and fun. Most of my riding is on the road. When I hit the trails I throw on the set of NanoRaptors that came with the bike.

    Frankly, I've met a lot of people at local shops who don't know what they're talking about and don't treat you very well if you don't buy from them. The guys at REI don't care where you buy your bike and will do good basic work. I'm lucky enough to have found one LBS who also doesn't care where my bike came from and who does great work.

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    Well, the Moto has the best parts spec. of all on the list, but then you're left to decide if you want to buy sight-unseen and not have the support of you LBS. I won't get into that discussion here.

    What is surprising to me is that all the bikes you are looking at are aluminum hardtails with 100mm forks - seems overkill and less comfortable for a bike that will see more commuter duty than trail time. If I were you, I'd be looking at a steel frame with either a rigid steel fork or an 80mm fork with a lockout.
    Enjoy the ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBIkid
    Well, the Moto has the best parts spec. of all on the list, but then you're left to decide if you want to buy sight-unseen and not have the support of you LBS. I won't get into that discussion here.

    What is surprising to me is that all the bikes you are looking at are aluminum hardtails with 100mm forks - seems overkill and less comfortable for a bike that will see more commuter duty than trail time. If I were you, I'd be looking at a steel frame with either a rigid steel fork or an 80mm fork with a lockout.

    Thanks for the reply.
    I guess the reason I've been looking at aluminum hardtails with 100mm forks is because I truly feel that within 4-5 months I'll be riding as much dirt as road. One of the main reasons I'm getting the bike is to do a little cross training for my dirt biking.

    Do you have any suggestions for a steel rame with an 80mm fork? Would these still work for XC mtn biking in the future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelsonccc
    Thanks for the reply.
    I guess the reason I've been looking at aluminum hardtails with 100mm forks is because I truly feel that within 4-5 months I'll be riding as much dirt as road. One of the main reasons I'm getting the bike is to do a little cross training for my dirt biking.

    Do you have any suggestions for a steel rame with an 80mm fork? Would these still work for XC mtn biking in the future?
    Unfortunately, the bikes best suited to your needs (IMO) are sold mostly as frame-only options (i.e. Surly Karate Monkey). Many steel frames are sold with rigid forks too. Take a look at this thread...

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=669873

    It gives a pretty comprehensive list of 29ers available.

    Other options would be: 1) buy frame and build it out yourself, 2) buy aluminum hardtail as a "component-donor", then buy separate steel frame and swap parts over, 3) give the rigid fork a try first, then buy a suspension fork as you get more into the off-road stuff.
    Enjoy the ride!

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