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    SS or Geared for MTB Newb

    So for my first mtb I've decided to go with Haro (love their bmx's). Right now I am just torn between an Escape Sport and a Beasley SS. One is obviously gear-shift and the other is SS. As a first-timer which bike would I probably get the most out of.

    ps i'm pretty sure i'll be able to handle the ss uphill cause 3 years of varsity xc and track do stuff to your thighs...

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    If you are used to riding other kinds of bikes SS, I am sure you'll do fine on a SS mountain bike too.

    That said, I cannot meet the top speeds of gearie bikes, on easy ground, level or down hill.

    Do you plan to ride with groups? Sometimes riding SS with a bunch of gearies can be awkward: the rhythm of where you go hard and where you take it easy is pretty different.

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    Running is not riding a mountain bike

    Even a good jock has to get inline behind the mountain bikers. You need to show some respect.

    SS takes skill and properly delivered power. I doubt you have either just yet. I'd go with a geared bike.

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    go geared. it'll make your life a whole lot easier at first. if you decide you want SS after a while, go for it then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike
    Even a good jock has to get inline behind the mountain bikers. You need to show some respect.

    SS takes skill and properly delivered power. I doubt you have either just yet. I'd go with a geared bike.
    haha **** didn't mean to step on any toes, and it's not like i've never rode a mtb up a hill dude.

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    you can modify a geared bike for SS, but you can't always make a geared bike out of a dedicated SS setup.

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    Geared, hands down, imo.

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    Looking at the Beasley SS pic, I think it is possible to put a derailer hanger on it.
    One thing to note is that the Beasley uses 650B size wheels which are not as common as 26" or 29": replacement tyres and rims are not as easy to get as in the more common sizes.

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    Geared for a first bike. You're going to suffer anyways and riding a singlespeed will make it a lot harder. OH yea, Mike above had it right. I'm in fantastic shape and I still have a hard chance catching the fast mountain bikers after two years. If you're starting you'll definitely fall in line behind the mountain bikers. It's not an insult, but the truth. There's a little more to it than riding a bike up a hill. You'll catch on fast and be near the front of the pack before you know it once you decide to do group rides.
    There is not much choice between rotten apples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike
    Even a good jock has to get inline behind the mountain bikers. You need to show some respect.

    SS takes skill and properly delivered power. I doubt you have either just yet. I'd go with a geared bike.
    Wow, way to treat people. Ease up.
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