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    $1000 limit for bike...

    I've got little experience in the entry level bike realm so I could use some advice.


    I'm asking for a friend's teenager looking to get into the game. Would be for real trail riding.

    Looking for probably a hardtail (better bang for buck and less weight).

    Would consider used but that's always a gamble and don't want to suggest a bike to family that might have issues.


    Something like...

    https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/fa...ber=2001068204

    Any other ideas or hot deals?

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    If they can spare a few extra bucks or find a deal, they can look at a Specialize Fuse: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/fu...ext=96020-7001

    Other bikes for $1200-1300 would be the Diamondback Sync'r, Salsa Timberjack, and the Kona Honzo.

    The Fuse is a nice bike though. If I recall, it was updated for 2020 and the geometry is more aggressive for trail riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miker J View Post
    I've got little experience in the entry level bike realm so I could use some advice.


    I'm asking for a friend's teenager looking to get into the game. Would be for real trail riding.

    Looking for probably a hardtail (better bang for buck and less weight).

    Would consider used but that's always a gamble and don't want to suggest a bike to family that might have issues.


    Something like...

    https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/fa...ber=2001068204

    Any other ideas or hot deals?
    Man that fathom is SHORT. imo there's a lot of value in getting beginners on trail/AM bikes from the outset because they never learn to treat the front wheel as a shield.

    Up until recently CRC was blowing out cube reactions for cheap. Safer geo, with a confusingly nice xfusion fork. CRC is out, but maybe there's more of those wandering around?

    The other bike i know of that's got the curiously good xfusion fork and trail geo is the vitus sentier, also at CRC. It's not on sale, but still a good value. There's a women's version evidently.

    CRC also has the marley and the scout for ~1000. I don't like the fork nearly as much, and i don't think their geo translates very well for shorter riders. These are less compelling.

    ...Yeah, CRC is my goto for well-executed hardtails.



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    I'd also go with the 27.5+ Fuse 2020. New frame with better geo than the Giant. Wide rims and Plus tires will be easier to learn on. Don't buy the 2019. Will take a 29 wheelset later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottzg View Post
    Man that fathom is SHORT. imo there's a lot of value in getting beginners on trail/AM bikes from the outset because they never learn to treat the front wheel as a shield.
    thread hijack: what do you mean by "treat the front wheel as a shield"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    thread hijack: what do you mean by "treat the front wheel as a shield"?
    Hanging back off the bars rather than standing centered as the primary descending position.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottzg View Post
    Hanging back off the bars rather than standing centered as the primary descending position.
    got it. yeah, I probably still do that too.

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