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    Newbie went to bike shop. First time ever.

    Hey everyone. This seems to be a very knowledgeable site. First off im a total newbie, never been riding but im very outgoing and dont think ill have a problem starting off. That being said i dont want a recreational bike but Im in the price range of $300-$400. I went to three bike shops today and the first which isnt worth mentioning, but found two that took the time to explain things to me. Both suggested the Giant Rincon and the Trek 4300.

    Were they right in suggesting these bikes? and

    What other brands and styles are in that same price range with similar if not better technologies?

    Thank you
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    Those two bikes that were reccomended to you are great starting bikes. They will help you get started, learn basic skills and hopefully get you to fall in love with the sport.

    If you do fall in love with mountain biking, it won't be long until you will be wanting something higher end.


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    Might want to also look at Ibex. The components are better quality with a great frame. They are a net company & pass the savings on to the consumer. They also have excelent customer service & talk to you like a person.

    http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/ALP-450-Details.html

    http://www.ibexbikes.com/contact_us.html

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    Hi! to share some advice, as u mention $300-$400 price range hu!. If u could spare xtra bucks try D Gaint XTC price @ $1000 country of origin Taiwan. The cheapest bike as reviewed & tested. Go to ur local newstand and ask for the back issues mountain bike action april 2005 well xplained, dtailed specs. I hope u'll b get real!

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    I was at my LBS the other day and they have a stock of diamonback bikes. I noticed the amazing low price on the response. I test rode one for the books and it rode nice. I hear not much talk about DB on these forums but it is in your pricerange and its a decent bike. The build of the frame just seemed to flow well.
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    IBEX looks great, but if you're a newbie, you might want to lay hands on a bike before you commit to buying one. I'd look for a place that sells Specialized. Their HardRock Sport should be right in your price range, and is a tough (albeit heavy) frame that's reasonably well equipped.

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    First off, hello all. I am new to it as well, but went yesterday for almost a 30 mile ride (on a Huffy ). I had a blast and have been looking into getting into it more often as well. I think I have narrowed down the bike I to these 2 from scanning over this site. Any advice on which would be the better one.

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

    http://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/bike...d=1019600&f=19 HT

    Thanks much for any info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluovalguy
    First off, hello all. I am new to it as well, but went yesterday for almost a 30 mile ride (on a Huffy ). I had a blast and have been looking into getting into it more often as well. I think I have narrowed down the bike I to these 2 from scanning over this site. Any advice on which would be the better one.

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

    http://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/bike...d=1019600&f=19 HT

    Thanks much for any info.
    Welcome to MTB'ing & congratz on almost 30 miles on a Huffy! The Ibex Ignition 2 is spec'ed with excelent components for the price, my pick Ibex.

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    Find The Right Fit

    I just got my girlfriend into mountain biking, and we picked out a Specialized Hardrock Sport (she liked the color). The bike is a little on the heavy side, but as MSU_GRAD_121 said, it's best to start off with something a little cheaper to get your foot in the door. Ibex makes great bikes, but you need to go to a LBS to find your frame size or you will end up with a bike that is too large or super small. I started off with a $200 dollar bike, then went to $800, and my most recent bike is worth around $1600 now. The sport is like a porn addiction, only a hell of a lot better and you get your money's worth. Good luck and keep the questions rolling if you need help.

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    Yup fit is very important & Ibex is fully aware of this that is why they do the best they can to fit you properly but you need to talk with them. A dealler can fit you on the wrong bike just as quick, they are human after all. Also a dealer might have old stock they want to move & the right customer just walked in the door to pawn it off to! Dont get me wrong about the LBS i go to one alot & i buy parts from them witch is something alot of people dont do. My relationship with my LBS, not quite local, is so good i have barrowed bikes from the employes for races or other friends to ride, thats a relationship.
    The people at Ibex will talk with you about sizing, they offer a 30 day return policy, they offer a life time warranty on the frame everything the big boys offer & you get to talk to real people running the buisness, that awsome customer service!

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    Hi Morales

    I think the bikes they gave advice are excelent to start riding. As much as I agree on DogonFR that the Ibex sells very great bikes, and have a great CS, they only sell online. I think you should try the bikes before you buy, specially if you're new to the sport.

    Make a good relationship with a LBS, they can give you lot of advice. Ask them if they know of any skills clinic or begginer group rides in your area. That could help you a lot to get started.

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    I chose Ibex for my purchase based upon three main reasons:

    The bikes are extremely well equipped for the price. I think that value is realized more in the bikes that have higher grade components than entry level bikes though.

    Speaking with the people at Ibex. They helped me figure out fit and options that suited me best across their product line. Very knowledgeable, very friendly. They have a fair return policy if the bike doesn't fit properly.

    The number of positive reviews and testimonials about Ibex I was able to find on this forum and across the web.

    I still have a very good relationship with my favorite LBS. Being good salespeople they wanted me to buy one of their bikes but understood when I told them I was getting an Ibex. I still buy all my other gear from them as well as occasional service. They even offered me to join their bike riding group!

    Now having said all that there is still a little worry in the back of my head if I made the right choice. Until I receive my bike from Ibex I won't know for sure. But I promise I will evaluate the bike honestly when it arrives and post my opinions here.

    Aside from all the Ibex chatter I think the Trek 4300 is a great bike. I have two friends who bought the same model when they started riding last year and they both love it.

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    Sorry for all the newb questions, but I have another. I compared the Trek and the Ibex and the Ibex looks like it has higher quality parts (according to Treks site), so I think I am gonna go with the Ibex. My question is how much difference would there be between the 05 and 06 Ignition 2?? I tried to figure it out, but alas I cant seem to wrap my simple mind around all the lingo (still trying to pick it up )

    The 06 will not be stocked until May 15th, and the 05 looks like its in stock, so should I be patient and wait the extra 3 weeks for the 06, or get 05 now?

    Thanks again!!

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    It looks as if they are down to the 20.5in on the '05's, if that is the size you need it is just about the same bike. For '06 you get a lockout rear shock, for enjoying your bike riding not racing or anything a non lockout is fine.

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    May 15th will come quicker than you think! Call Ibex and ask them, they really know their stuff and know how to treat customers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wisart
    May 15th will come quicker than you think! Call Ibex and ask them, they really know their stuff and know how to treat customers.
    You & me counting down the days, the palms are starting to sweat more & more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogonfr
    You & me counting down the days, the palms are starting to sweat more & more.
    Will at Ibex was nice enough to send me a photo of my actual bike. It's in one of those containers somewhere, he said it was the best he could do under the circumstances. Hope they are keeping the salt air away from the components!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wisart
    Will at Ibex was nice enough to send me a photo of my actual bike. It's in one of those containers somewhere, he said it was the best he could do under the circumstances. Hope they are keeping the salt air away from the components!
    Hahaha thats great! Dont wory about the salt, alot the bikes & components come this way it's all figured out.

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    I have to admit that IBEX bikes are really well equipped for the money that you spend, and I can't find one single person who has a negative thing to say about them. I'm not exactly new to the sport, but even I'm not sure how comfortable I'd be buying a bike online, so I can only imagine what it'd be like for a total newbie. Talk about intimidating!

    I've gotta wonder one thing, tho, dongonfr. I know this is almost a sin, but does IBEX make (gasp) road bikes? I know, I know, I'm thinking about going to the semi-dark-side and grabbing a flat barred road bike for commuting and cardio work. Figure it'll help with the knees and make those trails easier once I finally get out there for real (which is starting to look like it's gonna be next summer...ugh!)

    Anyway, as much as I'd love to buy from an online store, and it sounds like they have great customer service, for a newbie, I'd have to say check around at your LBSs, and take a few bikes out for a spin so you can get a feel for them. That's gonna be the most important thing. And don't be afraid to tell the tech or owner or whoever that you're not comfortable or something doesn't feel right. Dogonfr's pointed it out before, that an unsrupulous LBS might try to pawn a frame that's too big or too small off on an unsuspecting customer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSU_Grad_121
    I have to admit that IBEX bikes are really well equipped for the money that you spend, and I can't find one single person who has a negative thing to say about them. I'm not exactly new to the sport, but even I'm not sure how comfortable I'd be buying a bike online, so I can only imagine what it'd be like for a total newbie. Talk about intimidating!

    I've gotta wonder one thing, tho, dongonfr. I know this is almost a sin, but does IBEX make (gasp) road bikes? I know, I know, I'm thinking about going to the semi-dark-side and grabbing a flat barred road bike for commuting and cardio work. Figure it'll help with the knees and make those trails easier once I finally get out there for real (which is starting to look like it's gonna be next summer...ugh!)

    Anyway, as much as I'd love to buy from an online store, and it sounds like they have great customer service, for a newbie, I'd have to say check around at your LBSs, and take a few bikes out for a spin so you can get a feel for them. That's gonna be the most important thing. And don't be afraid to tell the tech or owner or whoever that you're not comfortable or something doesn't feel right. Dogonfr's pointed it out before, that an unsrupulous LBS might try to pawn a frame that's too big or too small off on an unsuspecting customer.

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    Do you guys think its worth it for him to spend his money on a FS as opposed to a hardtail. As a fellow newb, most of the information that i have heard (both online and in lbs) is that if your new to the sport, you get the best quality per buck going with a hardtail. The ignition is speced out with mostly alivio and other lower end componentry. Now, considering i dont even own a bike yet (why am i even posting?!) im not exactly sure how that will affect a newb's ride. But i have heard that crappy componentry can really turn a newb off as it can make for a more difficult less comfortable ride. I have also heard that going with a hardtail is a better learning experience as well as easier maintenance.

    Anyways, take this post with a grain of salt, cus i don't have a bike yet (plan on getting a Trek 6500 in the next week or so)....but if any of the more experienced riders can comment on/refute/backup these claims, that'd be cool.

    Ibex makes similarly price hardtails (500 - 739) that are much better speced than the IGN FS.

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    The only thing I don't like about Ibex is you can't ride it before you buy it. For me each bike has a different feel, some comfortable some not. Good components for the price or not I will not buy without a test ride. Nothing worse than riding a bike that just doesn't fit ya IMO. but hey, thats just me.........
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    I like salt, HT's are great for skills, they teach you how to work the terain & can teach you to be a really good rider. A FS is more forgiving & is very easy to ride. With the new forks & shocks they dont bob like the early FS bikes did. If you want a bike to just go out & hit the trails on or come from a moto background i feel it will be fine starting on or comming back to on a FS. Another good skill builder is a pump track in the yard, way cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherebob
    The only thing I don't like about Ibex is you can't ride it before you buy it. For me each bike has a different feel, some comfortable some not. Good components for the price or not I will not buy without a test ride. Nothing worse than riding a bike that just doesn't fit ya IMO. but hey, thats just me.........
    I agree about the ride first, but everyone says thier customer service is great, so it should not be much of a problem to return it if it doesnt work out (hopefully).

    Thanks much for all of the info from everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHKOKST
    Do you guys think its worth it for him to spend his money on a FS as opposed to a hardtail. As a fellow newb, most of the information that i have heard (both online and in lbs) is that if your new to the sport, you get the best quality per buck going with a hardtail. The ignition is speced out with mostly alivio and other lower end componentry. Now, considering i dont even own a bike yet (why am i even posting?!) im not exactly sure how that will affect a newb's ride. But i have heard that crappy componentry can really turn a newb off as it can make for a more difficult less comfortable ride. I have also heard that going with a hardtail is a better learning experience as well as easier maintenance.

    Anyways, take this post with a grain of salt, cus i don't have a bike yet (plan on getting a Trek 6500 in the next week or so)....but if any of the more experienced riders can comment on/refute/backup these claims, that'd be cool.

    Ibex makes similarly price hardtails (500 - 739) that are much better speced than the IGN FS.
    I think if it is a decent company (Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, hopefully Ibex and so on) their entry level bikes are more than adequate for a beginner. I've been riding my Trek 930 for ten years and much of the components on it are no-name or very basic. What I'm saying is that it works, it may not be efficient, it may not be light, the rear derailleur may shift awkwardly at times but it gets the job done in a decent fashion. Just let the dealer know what type of riding you plan on doing and they will get you into a bike that can handle the job.

    On the other hand if you have extra cash and you want to spend more, have at it!
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    In my search for a decent LBS i found a Cannondale F300 for $499. I dont know much of these bikes to make a judgment on them. Compared to the Trek and Giant bikes Cannondales only have 8 gears as opposed to 9. I kind of want the extra gears for climbing. Regular price was about $850 so im wondering if its such a steal after all.

    Also, whats the deal with the single shock on cannondales. The guy at the shop swore them to be the best in the world???? Can someone explain this to me.

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