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    MTB for an 11 year old beginner?

    Hi. I copied this from a question I had on the "Bike and Frame" Forum.

    I was looking to buy my 11 year old son (he's 5'2") a MTB for Christmas. He has never ridden on any type of mountain trails before, so he won't be doing anything heavy or extreme at all.

    I was looking at the Trek 6500 below on ebay or the Trek 820 and 3500, also below, new from a Trek store. I was wondering what anyone thought of these bikes for him.

    Thanks

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ht_2054wt_1167

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...dtail/820/820/

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...3_series/3500/
    Last edited by BillO; 11-26-2009 at 07:49 AM.

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    none of your links work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dremer03
    none of your links work.

    Fixed. Thanks. I guess it didn't copy correctly.

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    I think that the most important thing is to get him a ike that fits well. How heavy is he? My guess is that the quality of the fork will be of lesser importance as will be having a good DT.
    KHS is another brand that I'd look at as well as specialized.

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    Bike shop for sure. Of the two you listed, I like the 3500(alum frame) but any hardtail in this price range will be basically the same no matter what brand.

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    Thanks for the replies. I let the ebay bike go and will look at the 3500 this week. I appreciate the advise.

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    Let your son test a Specialized Rockhopper. Two years ago I bought my boy a Rockhopper disc in Mammoth (CA) after we rented one for the weekend. Man, he loves that bike. Calls it "Steve". He's 12 now and I'm having a hard time keeping up with him!
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    I kind of like the 820 and think it would be my choice for the situation.
    The steel frame will be very sturdy and will be perfect to withstand an 11 year olds' abuse, heh.
    It will also be a slightly more comfortable ride than the aluminum bike.

    On the other hand, the 3500 looks better and will most likely be a bit lighter.

    You just have to figure out what's most important to your son.

    They are both great bikes.

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