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    budget rugged trail bike

    I'm shopping for a new bike in the 400-600 dollar range.

    i am 5 11'
    190lb

    I would like an strong bike thats fun going down hills, but not a pain in the ass going up.

    Most of the trails near me have long and steep climbs.

    I came across a haro escape comp on craigslist for 550
    Rock Shox Tora 302
    Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic disc brakes w/ 7 inch rotors
    Shimano Deore front derailer
    Shimano XT rear derailer
    its an 18 in frame


    its this a good bike for my type of riding
    other bikes considered

    Jamis durango 2 - tried it out a a bike shop and i liked it
    specialized hardrock- friend recommended it

    any other suggestions?

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    the haro sounds like a great deal, i would check it out and see if you can test ride it, if it fits i would leaning more toward this because of the higher end parts instead of lower to medium grade parts on a 4-600 dollar hardtail

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    For that price you should jump on it right away. It has components, especially the fork, that no other bike can deliver in that price class, but of course it is used. If you are looking for a new one you may want to look a step beyond the HardRock. The HardRock is a great bike, but if you can go for it look at the Rockhopper. The next step beyond that would be a race Hard Tail bike.

    The Rockhopper is lighter, better frame (M4 vs A1 from last year), components could be better at that price range, but that is cheap stuff to upgrade down the road. My components never failed. I did a few minor upgrades because I wanted to rather than needed to. I changed my Brake Levers to SD AVID Ti to get more control and adjustability as I have V-brakes rather than Disks. Other than that the bike is amazing, even the fork is better than most give it credit, and it's definitely better than most other new bikes in that price class.

    You can't go wrong though with a Specialized. I'd go for the Haro at that price though (if its in good condition and it fits you). That bike retails for over $1000...

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    thanks


    its local so I'm going hoping i can try it out


    what are some parts that i should look for in terms of condition.

    like wheels being true
    cassette in good condition?

    what else?

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    I got an '07 Iron Horse warrior 3.0 this spring - I couldn't be happier with it.. check it out.

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    Any suggestions?

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