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    New question here. Decent FS Bike for a decent price?

    Hey,

    I'm a fairly good biker, been riding bikes since i was a youngin, never owned a car...yet. And basically all the bikes i've had were, to say the least, crap. So i'm looking to spend a bit of cash to get somthing that wont need repairs every time i jump off a 3ft ledge.

    I'm looking for.....

    Full suspension - But i'm not set on that since i've gone my whole life on hardtails.
    Disc Breaks - They just look so good, you know they gotta be better.
    Good fork - I was pretty disappointed with how fast my SR Suntour went from nice to crap. I was hoping for somthing by Marzocchi, or similar quality.
    Fat tires - I ride my bike year around, so that means when the snow starts falling, i dont want to be, so the tires have to be big, wide, nubby, and able to have the pressure lowered

    I'm about 6ft 160lbs, so somthing strong would be a necessity. But i dont want a bike that weighs 50lbs if you know what i mean.

    The bike will be used for my commute to work and some trail riding on the weekends. My local bike shops carry brands like Norco, Haro, Cannondale, Specialized, Raligh, and some others. But there are lots around here so brand isn't such a big deal.

    I'm looking for somthing under $1000 Canadian, so around 800US$. The only bikes i've found that seem to be worth while for that price were the Raleigh Ram 1.0, and Giant Warp DS.

    Hopefully thats all the info ya need,
    Thanks in advance.

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    Check out the Haro Extreme X1, I think it's a good bang for you buck. It's right in your price range and the comps. aint half bad.

    Also, go to your LBS and see what brands they have (unless you are ordering online??), and that will help you with what you would look for. No sense in suggesting a bike that you can't get.... Just my .02.....


    Happy Biking!

    ~ CJ ~

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    Post more please!!

    Dude, you can paste that avatar all over the place and it would never bother me in the least!

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    glad someone besides me enjoys my avatar....

    Just can't go wrong with major THONGAGE!

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    Thanks

    Thanks for the suggestion opie, and yea i love the avatar too. Can't go wrong is right!

    Coming home from work today on my crappy CCM bike, i was goin up a bridge, shifted into a lower gear and skidded to a stop. Looked back and saw my rear derailer in the spokes above the sprokets, so that did it. No more waiting, i went around to all the shops in my area and finally decided on the 2005 Kona Fire Mountain. It's a nice bike and a hell-ova upgrade from a CCM. I know i said i wanted a FS bike, but after much research i found that unless you want to spend $1500+ you just end up with crap.(At least thats the impression i got from the reviews) Plus the bikeshop guy said hardtails are better for winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badmojo420
    Thanks for the suggestion opie, and yea i love the avatar too. Can't go wrong is right!

    Coming home from work today on my crappy CCM bike, i was goin up a bridge, shifted into a lower gear and skidded to a stop. Looked back and saw my rear derailer in the spokes above the sprokets, so that did it. No more waiting, i went around to all the shops in my area and finally decided on the 2005 Kona Fire Mountain. It's a nice bike and a hell-ova upgrade from a CCM. I know i said i wanted a FS bike, but after much research i found that unless you want to spend $1500+ you just end up with crap.(At least thats the impression i got from the reviews) Plus the bikeshop guy said hardtails are better for winter.
    HAHA! Bummer about your old bike.... but it's just another reason to get your Kona that much sooner!! Good choice to go hardtail, and you're right, anything below $1k won't get you that much of a bike, so GO HT'S!! lol Just beware of the fork, I've seen 'em blow up before, but that's from drops and huge dirt jumpers, which is not the forks purpose (friends are stupid, duyyy ) I'm sure it will be a great bike for you, just don't go huge or that MZ Comp will be in pieces Hehe, enjoy your bike!

    Happy biking!!

    ~ CJ ~

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    Quote Originally Posted by OpieFan3k3
    HAHA! Bummer about your old bike.... but it's just another reason to get your Kona that much sooner!! Good choice to go hardtail, and you're right, anything below $1k won't get you that much of a bike, so GO HT'S!! lol Just beware of the fork, I've seen 'em blow up before, but that's from drops and huge dirt jumpers, which is not the forks purpose (friends are stupid, duyyy ) I'm sure it will be a great bike for you, just don't go huge or that MZ Comp will be in pieces Hehe, enjoy your bike!

    Happy biking!!

    ~ CJ ~
    Yea i saw the warning on the fork, it's to be used for xc and all mountain only, which is fine cause i'm not the type of rider who likes big jumps and huge drops. I prefer the narrow, fast, and technical trails.

    But i'm looking for a good winter rim & tire that would fit it. I got the shop to swap the stock tires for a nubby'er specialized tire, but i still dont think it's wide enough for the winter biking i do. Can anyone suggest somthing?

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    That ride is tiiiight....

    Hot ride buddy!! Cool color too! Oh, BTW, my suggestion for your winter tire problem..... WRAP THOSE SUCKERS UP WITH CHAINS!


    hehe, Im really not into tires, so lets hope someone has a better suggestion then me.... those tires do look PRETTTTYYY beefy already though....

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