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    What is the best bang for the buck $550 budget?

    I am looking at getting into mountian biking. I raced BMX 10 years ago in high school and a few friends have bought bikes in the past month and I am looking to get back into bikes.

    I have a budget of $550 whats the best bang for my buck for a starter mountian bike?

    The local bike shop recommends a 2010 Gary Fisher Advanced Disc $500.

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    a used rockhopper?

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    What kind of riding do you plan to do?

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    trail riding at local parks. I prefer dirt riding over pavement.

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    captainjoon good job in posting all that info that was kool of you. I personally like the trek but they all look like a nice starter bike. Each has is advantages just go have fun
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    In that price range, you can also look at that Specialized P1 All Mountain.

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    Thanks for all your help. I want to get up to speed on bikes and components before I go drop $550.00 on a bike. This forum has been the best source of info so far. I am definitely going to hit up every local bike shop and check out all the bikes I can in my price range.

    I really like that Specialized, that's all I use to ride back in my BMX days I just have a thing them I guess.

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    Another decent option that is fairly well equipped in your price range:

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...700HT_2010.htm
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    If you like Specialized, you could step up to the base Rockhopper if you can deal with v-brakes ...


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    I bought a bike today. I ended up with a burnt orange 2009 Felt Q620 msrp $799 got it for $629.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbxtr3
    I bought a bike today. I ended up with a burnt orange 2009 Felt Q620 msrp $799 got it for $629.

    Those are nice bikes. I was looking at that one too. Congrats!

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    If 550 is your budjet ???? go on you local graigs list and you can get a sweet deal ,

    You want new are used ?

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    Sweet! Post some pics of before you take on the trail and after you get it dirty.

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    Congrats!! I was about to post "look for an '09 leftover", LOL....

    I was about to buy a '10 Wahoo Disc when I got to jawing with the LBS manager and he mentioned leftovers--not that there was anything wrong with the Wahoo, but I wound up with an '09 Tassajara for just a few bucks more, and considerably less than a '10 model.

    We're researching bikes for my wife at the moment using the same tool....

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    Quote Originally Posted by captainjoon
    Here are some info, including the GF Advance you mentioned:

    Gary Fisher Advance Disc

    Trek 4500

    Specialized Hardrock Sport

    Cannondale F8 CO2

    Giant Rincon

    SCOTT Aspect 30

    Kona Fire

    Jamis Trail X3

    Felt Q520
    Thank you for this comparison post. I appreciate the time you put into it.

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    if your local lbs have 09 models you can get a better deal from them. but for your price range Gary Fisher wahoo disc, Haro Flightline, Trek 4300 and lots more. just make sure do your research and ride as much as you can. good luck and have fun.
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    wow.. people really need to start READING before rushing off to post.. the OP already HAS a new bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diableri
    Thank you for this comparison post. I appreciate the time you put into it.
    Hey! No prob!

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