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    Help Please- I need help choosing a bike

    Hi.
    I am trying to figure out which bike I should buy. I'm 5' tall - so pretty short, and honestly our of shape. I'm looking for a bike that will help me climb. I'm not into jumps or riding technically. Pretty chicken. Reading these specs is like Latin or Calculus to me. Money is an issue- I'm a teacher, so money's tight, but I would spend a bit more to get a bike that's much better. I don't want to spend more for a bike that's essentially the same. Can anyone help compare these 3 bikes? Thanks so much- any help is appreciated.

    https://www.rei.com/CompareProduct/User

    Thanks!

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    Buy a used bicycle that is a brand name, like Trek, Giant, Specialized, Rocky Mountain, Kona anything like that because they can be really great value, a good bang for the buck.

    For steep hill climbing, a rigid frame, like a GT with its triple triangle frame design.

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    What will help you climb in terms of a bike depends some on what you’re climbing. In some instances, you will be better off with a hard tail bike because of weight. On other instances (and this is more often the case) full suspension will benefit you more because it will allow the rear wheel to maintain traction better. Your link doesn’t seem to work for me in terms of comparing bikes, but in the current market, my recommendation is if you can get a bike in your size, buy it and ride it. If you want to get picky about the bike, do it later when there are more bikes available. Right now most shops I know of are sold out of many bikes and there are no more 2020 models to be had - and 2021 models aren’t out yet. So effectively, what you see on the floor is what’s available.

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    Link does not work.....
    The bike is never to heavy, you are just to WEAK!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    In some instances, you will be better off with a hard tail bike because of weight. On other instances (and this is more often the case) full suspension will benefit you more because it will allow the rear wheel to maintain traction better.
    Agreed. It's very important to make sure the sizing is proper. I'd go to REI or a local bike shop (LBS) and fiddle around with/sit on the bikes. I've found that the level of knowledge of people at REI can be more variable than at an LBS. Ride bikes around the parking lot, etc. to begin to get a feel for sizing. Don't be in a real big hurry.

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    Do you have any friends /acquaintances that bike? Often times it's helpful to have someone with a little knowledge go with you.

    See if you have a local bike club, you may be able to get some help there as well. Often times they have forums you can join where you can ask what are the best bikes for the local trails.
    Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live. --Mark Twain

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    Only bikes which will help you climb are motorbikes aka e-bikes
    Non-motorized - some hardtail will do, go to decent LBS and try some and choose according to your budget.

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    For your height this 27.5 hardtail is good quality at a reasonable price.
    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod181452
    Listed as womens model but the dropped top tube is a current design on many higher priced full suspension bikes like the Ibis Ripley V4.
    https://www.ibiscycles.com/bikes/ripley
    I would choose this frame version over the 'mens' one.
    Currently out of stock but get on the email list for shipment updates.
    Check the sizing chart for womens Sentier. XS(likely) or S will fit you.

    XS in stock.
    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod181452
    Shipping is 4-5 days.
    Last edited by eb1888; 05-19-2020 at 08:14 AM.

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