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    2007 Otero Elite

    I am currently riding a 1994 GT Allterra w/ 18 spd and no suspension. I have recently started riding dirt trails w/ a couple friends who have Specialized FS 27 spd bikes. I love it, but my bike doesn't have enough features to keep up w/ friends.

    Unfortunately I'm on a budget, have to keep the new bike price around $600 (not including accessories). My heart is set on FS. The best bike I could find in my $ range is the Mongoose Otero Elite. Is this a decent FS bike for a beginner? Should I get a medium or large frame?

    I'm 31, 5' 10", and about 170 lbs. I plan to ride 3-4 times a month.

    Here is a link w/ specs on the Otero Elite: http://www.mongoose.com/bikes/detail..._US&brandID=76

    Alternative suggestions are welcome.

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    i dont have any experiance with the Otero but i wouldnt reccomend it, all of the components look to be low-end. for $600 you'd be better off with a hardtail (front suspension) bike. you dont need full suspension unless your doing really technical or difficult trails. anything would probably be better than a rigid, 18 spd, 13 year old bike.

    check out http://www.rscycle.com/s.nl/sc.7/category.55/.f, they have some very good deals, if you must have full suspension they have a couple bikes near $600 that arent too bad. The Warrior DS Trail and Pro look alright. the ibex alpine 650 is also a great buy
    http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/ALP-650-Details.html.

    i'm 5'10" as well and i fit well on most medium size bikes.

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    ^ You bought the Otero Super not the Otero Elite.

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    I've put about 80 miles on my otero elite since I got it the end of January. It was the best for the money I found. I got it from my LBS for $600 out the door. No, it's not state of the art by any means, but for the money I'm very happy with it. I rented an Ironhorse FS bike (maverick?) while in Vail last July and this is much better. Coming from an inexpensive hardtail, the otero is better in all areas. I really like the hydraulic brakes, and it shifts MUCH better than my old bike.
    I spent a lot of time with my LBS trying out a large and medium frame and finally ended up with the medium. I'm 5'10, 185. The large just seemed too "long" - kind of like a hybrid or comfort bike.
    At first I wasn't too crazy about the color, but it's kind of grown on me. The first change I'm going to make is to cut off a little from each end of the handlebar. it's too wide for me. I was riding through a familar single track that has a lot of trees and I almost didn't make through in a couple of sections that I used to blaze though on my old hardtail. The bars on my new bike are about 3 inches wider. Enough to cause a couple "pucker" moments.
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    I would agree that $600 is much better spent on a hardtail. However, that said there are some online deals that can get you a pretty decent FS for around $600

    Ibex Ignition 2
    http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/IGN-2-Details.html

    2006 Iron Horse Warrior
    http://www.rscycle.com/s.nl/it.A/id....&category=4959

    2006 K2 Attack 2.0
    http://www.rscycle.com/s.nl/it.A/id....&category=4959

    Schwinn Rocket Comp...by far the best deal and probably the most trail wothy
    http://www.thebicycleoutlet.com/inde...shop&Itemid=32


    you most likely will need a medium
    Last edited by mtnbiker72; 03-17-2007 at 10:35 PM.

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    The rocket seems to be a pretty good value for the money, but I want a 27 spd. I also like the Attack 2.0.

    But I purchased the Mongoose Otero Super a few weeks ago. I have taken it out on a couple of trails w/ a couple friends who both have bikes by Specialized. I'm having no problem being competitive w/ my friends. I'm very happy w/ my choice. I would definately recommend the Otero Super. Great bang for the buck!!

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