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    Best $500 FS bike

    I am fairly new to mountain biking. I have an previously used hardrock (hardtail) and am looking to get a full suspension bike. I have a budget limit of $500. I leaning towards purchasing the Dawes Roundhouse 2500 from BikesDirect. Are there any other FS bikes under $500 that I should be considering?

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    I tried to purchase a 19" dawes roundhouse 2500 which appeared to be available. When I went to purchase with paypal, it was sold out. Then I looked at the Windsor Cliff29 Comp for $499 only to find all sizes were sold out. Does anybody know if a similar bike to either of these is available for under $500?

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    Just checked

    Seems like they have this in 19"

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._ghost6500.htm

    and this next level down is a little cheaper

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._ghost6300.htm

    Not sure what components you care most about, but those are in your price range.

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    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    With a $500 budget I would stick with your current hard tail until you can increase your budget. In my opinion a $500 FS just sounds heavy and non efficient.

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    Thanks for your input. I looked at the ghost 6500 but I prefer the triangular style frame. I also looked at the Target/Forge Sawback 7xx but I would have prefered if they would have been priced at $500 with better components. As for my current hardrock, it has a lot of miles on it and rebuilding it would be close to the price of a new one. The Dawes Roundhouse 2500 and the Windsor Cliff29 Comp just seemed really nice at the $500 price point.

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    The best FS for 500$ range is going to be a 400$ hardtail with a thudbuster on it.

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    Maybe I just missed it somewhere but Can anyone tell me if Mike is planning to make the FS29er in a TI frame? I've never heard Mike say yes or no to this.

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    Your best bet is used. Can get a sweet Kona Dawg or a Giant Reign 2 around this range in some cases.

    XC/AM: http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/list...x=500&region=3

    FR/DH: http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/list...x=500&region=3

    http://sporting-goods.shop.ebay.com/...dlo=&_udhi=500

    Any new FS at $500 is not gonna be really trail worthy.

    See what deals under $500 have been selling:

    http://completed.shop.ebay.com/Mount...6.c0.m14.l1514

    Examples of some hot deals (long travel bikes rather than XC):

    2006 Kona Dawg $500 shipped: http://cgi.ebay.com/17-5-KONA-DAWG-/...item1e607c5443

    2007 Giant Reign 2 $550 + S/H: http://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/736017/

    I wouldn't recommend the Norco Six models on Pinkbike, since most of them don't look very like they can be pedaled.

    Nowadays, full susp designs are all rather well matured, even Motobecane's offerings. Horst/4-bars are solid and plush; single pivots are favored for simplicity, lightweight, and low maint; dual mini links (Maestro, VPP, DW-Link) are the new rage. Big name brands typically can offer great deals on lightweight bikes with newest tech with custom shaped tubing and new standards like tapered headtube and whatever--something small companies like Turner don't have the luxury of taking advantage of. Hard to go wrong with any brand really, just really matters what price you're willing to pay and what performance level your seeking to match your style and skill level. Prob best just to visit a bike shop and get hooked up and hold off on internet orders unless you're more familiar with geo, spec, etc. so you can shop for exactly what you want.
    Last edited by Varaxis; 12-29-2010 at 08:05 AM.

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    +1 on Varaxis's post

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    +2 on Varaxis' post. Scour CL and find a nice used FS bike, especially if you are new to the sport.

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    What about the DAWES ROUNDHOUSE 2500.
    Bike looks good to me for the price.
    $499
    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/dawes/rh_25.htm

    I have been looking for a cheap FS for my GF and the only used bikes in the $500 price range are single pivots which I do not prefer as much as four bar. Plus, they are all at least 3+ years old many without disc brakes etc.
    -Nathaniel

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    Mostly agree with Varaxis...

    Hardtail, for sure.
    Honestly, I suggest buying used, $500 will get you almost nowhere with a new bike, but you can find a respectable used hardtail for that much, especially during these cold months.
    CL is your friend especially if you're willing to drive an hour or two

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathanieleck
    What about the DAWES ROUNDHOUSE 2500.
    Bike looks good to me for the price.
    $499
    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/dawes/rh_25.htm

    I have been looking for a cheap FS for my GF and the only used bikes in the $500 price range are single pivots which I do not prefer as much as four bar. Plus, they are all at least 3+ years old many without disc brakes etc.
    There's nothing wrong with 3+ yr old bikes, my 5+year old Maverick ML8 can still out perform the latest and greatest out there, I know, I own many.

    Which 4 bar are you referring to, as not all 4 bar are the same, not all single pivot are the same either. Sure there are plenty of crappy ones but many great single pivots are available for quite an affordable price. Some cheap 4-bar are such high ratio that's it's just crappy to ride.

    Op, you need to do some homework of course, and be patience good deal would come along. In 10 mins I was able to dig up a few deals from 400-700. all FS all good designs, unless there's any dispute that the suspension designs don't measure up to the Dawes.

    The top is the link that you can go and do your search yourself. have fun shopping. BTW, most seller would ship if you are willing to cover the shipping. go find a good deal near you. There's not way around it, if you want a good bike at cheap price you just have to do home work and search for it, or settle for a ready-to -ride crappy ones now.

    http://bike.jaxed.com/cgi-bin/bike.c...=d&submit=+GO+

    Giant Trance
    http://richmond.craigslist.org/bik/2152606530.html
    http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bik/2152091728.html
    http://reno.craigslist.org/bik/2149132164.html
    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/bik/2145508288.html

    Cannondale Made in USA
    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...147688160.html
    http://portland.craigslist.org/nco/bik/2151835723.html

    Santa Cruz Made in USA
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/scz/bik/2152600758.html
    http://cleveland.craigslist.org/bik/2147793484.html
    http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...150645866.html

    others
    http://westernmass.craigslist.org/bik/2139864944.html

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    You are definitely right. I am admittedly inexperienced with a wide range of suspension designs. What I can say is the few single pivot and the few 4 bars I have ridden on average I liked the feel of the 4 bars. I am completely aware that a well designed single can perform even better than a 4 bar and a 4 bar can perform worse than a single. I definitely do not want to get in to a technical debate over suspension design.

    As for the Dawes. I have no idea how it performs and had created a post asking about it actually. I am happy with my motobecane fantom DS and the dawes looks like an identical design except the shock mount point is in a different location.

    Anyways, yes used, with a lot of time and effort you are going to find a better bike most likely.
    -Nathaniel

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