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I just started mountain biking last year and fell in love. I am old (40 plus).
a) Replace a cheapo Walmart bike I rode for the first few outings last fall (glad it didn't fall apart)
b) Not get injured
c) Get a decent bike with quality components at a good price.
These are selling in the box at Costco for $379. 95% assembled per the outside of the box; you only have to assemble the front tire, handlebars, and seat post. Just watched the 10 minute video on that, looks pretty easy.
What say you, outdoorsy RCMB'ers? Also I'm debating on the 18" frame (per the box, 5' 7" to 5' 11") or the 19 1/2" frame (5' 11" and above). I'm about 5'10 3/4. Thinking that I would have less chance of crotch injury with the smaller frame size.
Northrock XC6 Bike. Tackle any mountain trail with premium components and a frame that is stiff yet light.
Spend an extra $400-500 and get something that'll last.
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I am poor. All of my extra money goes to dance studios and competitions.
Fair enough. It looks ok for the money I'll check it out in person this weekend.
Aluminum lightweight frame for stiffness and durability
WTB shock absorbing saddle with high-set padding for maximum comfort
SHIMANO true and proven Altus shifters with integrated brake levers for performance and reliability
TEKTRO disc brakes for reliable, ultimate stopping
SR Suntour XCT front suspension, preload 80mm to handle unpredictable terrain
WTB 26x2.1 Moto Raptor tires for superior climbing, braking, and cornering
Alloy lightweight rustproof rims with 14g stainless steel spokes
SHIMANO crank for performance and durability
SHIMANO ACERA drivetrain with 24 speeds allow you to effortlessly tackle any terrain
KMC lightweight chain for superior strength and durability
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I keep hearing about "29ers". Why are they better?
I've never owned a sleeping bag let alone a mountain bike.
Goto Craig's List and buy a GOOD used bike. This crap will not last. Sorry to burst your bubble.
It's a very basic bike with low end components. If you're going to do any serious mountain biking, the Altus/Acera drivetrain will not hold up very long.
$379 gets you something similar or slightly better from bikesdirect.com if you are willing to buy without riding and do some minor assembly (which is what you would be doing with a Costco purchased bike anyway).
I would recommend going to a local bike shop and looking at what they have in the $400-$500 range. You will likely get something much better, it will be set up for you and fit properly, and you can try out a few different options and get something that will work best. At the very least, you can try out a few bikes and figure out what size you need.
Mountain Bikes, MTB, MTB's Motobecane 500HT
Not better, just different.
29" wheels are larger than 26" and roll over obstacles easier. Some say 29ers are faster on flat terrain as well. The downside is that the wheels are heavier and some people feel 26" wheels are more "nimble" than 29".
I rode a 26" MTB for years and last year bought a 29er. I like it better, but it took some getting used to. It should also be noted that my new 29er was a significant upgrade from the 26" in terms of frame and components, so some of the perceived improvements may be from that too, and not necessarily the different wheel size.
CL is not a good place to get a good bike. It's like Pawn Stars, everyone on CL thinks that because they paid $1500 for a Trek that it's worth the same price. These are usually inexperienced riders who bought a bike, used it a few times, and think that it's still worth new price even though its five years old.
This. gHost's rig is sick, btw.
Find a hardtail with at least shimano Deore or Sram x7 shifting. Anything else will take a dump, not to mention the crap fork on that thing. Chinese bikes are just not worth it.
I have never really followed up on any adds so I am sure there is a lot of negotiating that can be done, but people are crazy. I was looking for a decent lightweight steel road bike, even with downtube shifters. Anything that was remotely decent was listed more then twice what I thought it was worth. Some pos schwin from the late 80s is not worth 300$
This post was edited by MadMaxim 13 months ago
Shocking. Way to make good use of Colorado. Rip on docpjk for going to a chain restaurant and staying at a hotel u can't afford- but your fat ass is indoors watching rugby or soccer and bitching. Lol. Loser.
This post was edited by Droppedbyadime 13 months ago
What is a hardtail?
P.S. I am in SE michigan. Going to ride mostly at Mayberry, Tree Farm, and Island Lake. No actual mountains in this bike's future.
No rear suspension. You won't need it.
Still, getting a upgrade in components (shifters and brakes) is going to make a huge difference. No reason you need XTR, but stay away from entry level unless you are just going to be riding around the sub with your kids.
There is some decent trail riding in SE Michigan. Pinckney has some good trails... at least they did a decade ago when I last rode there.
You say you want to "replace a cheapo walmart bike".
My concern is that you are going to replace it with something that is again, VERY entry level. Unfortunately at your price range you have 2 options. Buy a very entry level "Cheapo" bike, or buy something solid from about 5-10 years ago.
Buying used is tough to swallow (thats what she said), but that's the route I'd go. Fortunately, Im an rcmBaller and can spend 11k on bikes if I want.
Buying older, your components will be heavier (were talking a couple ounces) but you won't be kicking yourself later on for buying another cheapo bike. So you spend 150 on a walmart jobby, then 375 on a costco hobby, then you get the urge to get a nice bike for 800. so you've spent 1400 on a bike in essence.
Buy a bit more bike than you think you want/need the first time and you'll save $ in the end. Learned this from my brother who spent ~1k on his bike, pedals, etc and then within 8 months decided to upgrade to one that cost 3k.
Agree with this. When I first started playing guitar I bought a $125 cheapo to learn on. This was great at first but as I played more, I wanted to upgrade. First it was a $250 fender knockoff, then a couple $400 Epiphone's. Each time I would trade in the old guitar (at a fraction of the price i paid) to upgrade. After about 6 years of doing this (and over $1000 spent) I finally bought an American Stratocaster. It was heads and tails better than anything I ever played. If you are serios about riding and making a GOOD INVESTMENT, spend a ittle extra money and get a quality bike.
One other thought if you are set on buying new, and in this price range:
Go to Chainlove.com (like a woot off for bike stuff) and keep waiting for an MTB to go on sale. Requires some work to keep checking in, but can get some great deals. I got some Time clip in pedals that were at my Local Bike Shop (LBS) for $170 for $70. They will sell a 2-3 year old complete bike at steep discounts.
You can try to do the same at your LBS too, but most won't carry inventory that goes that far back. They will likely have last years models and MAYBE one year prior.
Another shop you can get an entry level GT or Fuju MTB at for the same price as the Costco one is Performance Bike. They have stores franchised so you don't have to buy sight unseen, but you're not going to get the discounts you would from Chainlove.
Edit: Sorry for the abomination of the link.
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This post was edited by Uncle Awesome 13 months ago
Check out www.bikesdirect.com or www.bikeisland.com.
They offer free shipping and no sales tax which is a plus - only drawback is you will have a few minor attachments to make such as putting on the front wheel, handle bars, and attaching the breaks...things your 10 year old can do in about 20 minutes.
I've purchased bikes from both places and couldn't be happier. Don't feel you need to drop $2000 to have a decent bike unless you are a nut job about biking, in which case you wouldn't be asking us RCMB experts for advice! I spent around $800 for each bike and was pleasantly surprised to find out they were much, much nicer than I ever expected and more bike than I even needed. It's important to get the right size, so be sure to check out the sizing chart for each bike if you decide to go this route.
This is exactly what I did 3 years ago. Got a nice Gary Fisher for $150 that looked brand new. Before kids I was riding 2-3 times a week. Now I pull a bike trailer and cruise down the sidewalks at a blistering 7 mph.
Go to Trail's Edge (Milford and Plymouth locations) and see what they've got. I know the guys at the Plymouth shop quite well, and they know their shit when it comes to mountain bikes. They also usually have some decent used bikes in the shop so you're not breaking the bank.
tRCMB - Visit at your own risk of being disgusted.
I'd go entry level in the $650 - $850 range if I was you.
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