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mtn bike of choice for starters

Stopped in @ Wheel Werks after sons soccer game, this is what Bob suggested? I will keep looking and maybe pick something up in the next few weeks / months.

Bike, pedals and shoes about $1k out the door or so..

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http://www.cannondale.com/2012-trail-sl-29er-4-20758


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Nice bike. I have no other suggestions. Decide if you want full suspension or hardtail, or 29er or 26, and go from there.
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anything will work better then the bike you were riding, you can also scour craigslist or ebay and pick up a lightly used bike that will work.... actually maybe chunk will sell his
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Full suspension is extra weight so going more towards hard tail. Im thinking 29 r cause it's more fly, right Chuck?

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Dude, after last weekend, anything you get will be WAY more fly. Hardtail is very unforgiving though, so make sure you test a newer full suspendo bike also. IMO a hardtail isn't as much fun to ride, though setup well for racing, may be faster. You will need to have a strong core and back to ride a hardtail regularly too.
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I agree with Ken. I'd go FS for trail riding around here. They are wicked fast in technical sections and very nice to have on long rides. 29ers work ok too because they roll over everything. If you go HT make sure you test a 29er. IMO the are a rougher ride than an FS for sure but not as rough ad a 26 HT and are more fogging than a 26 HT technically. I wouldn't worry too much about weight with the pricepoint your looking in. The difference between 25 and 27 lbs doesn't matter much on the trails. If your worried about weight it's a whole nother ball game and we need to be talking $5k+ for a bike.

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The bike he posted is a 29er, if going hardtail I would stick with that bike. If getting a full suspension I would either spend more or just stick with the bike you posted.
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This shit gets expensive......The Trek Fuel EX 5

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I would highly recommend a 29er. I used to have a 26 ht and i wouldnt even consider going back.

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In about 2or 3 monthes used bikes shoud get pretty inexpensive

I'm. On the fs 29er bandwagon

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In about 2or 3 monthes used bikes shoud get pretty inexpensive

I'm. On the fs 29er bandwagon
2 or 3 months, that's prime mtn bike season or is it dirt bike season?

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The guy said my bike was like a toothless girl that worked at a gas stations, i'm sure his 30lb f/s bike is much better then the pile that I have to ride.


Jon when Trek Madison offered test rides last year I rode a fuel ex, it was a nice plush ride, actually i'd like to have a bike like that for when i just want to cruise the trails all day.

Cannondale has the RZ one Twenty 3 that is a trail bike with 120mm of travel.
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Prairie Path Cycles has the '11 Trek X-caliber 29er on sale for $1200. EDIT: It's back to $1400 now. http://prairiepathcycles.com/product...on-72185-1.htm
My brother mentioned it to me and plans on checking it out this week. Figured I'd post it up as another HT 29er option.

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Did you pick it up? I don't know how much you're paying but if you're an REI member they have a 20% off sale until the 16th or 17th too I believe, and they carry this bike.
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Wheel Werks has the Trail SL 4 for $650 now.

Should I keep looking for a better bike?

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Wheel Werks has the Trail SL 4 for $650 now.

Should I keep looking for a better bike?
I've got bad experiences with lower end bikes. When I buy something now I wait till I can afford something that will put up with the punishment I pit it through. I guess if you plan on riding the mtb on the street and occasional trail use it's ok. But for constant trail use you may want something more worthy of the task.

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I've got bad experiences with lower end bikes. When I buy something now I wait till I can afford something that will put up with the punishment I pit it through. I guess if you plan on riding the mtb on the street and occasional trail use it's ok. But for constant trail use you may want something more worthy of the task.

Point well noted and makes great sense.

What should I be looking for, more the group set type stuff? Recommend?

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/250912197000...84.m1423.l2661

How about this one? Carbon Frame..... Fly !!!!!!!!!!!

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I used to race while I was going to school in Utah so my views might be a bit robust for the midwest but....

I personally love the Sram X.0 or X.9 shifting. I wouldn't go back to Shimano if you paid me.

Face face makes awesome cranks and stems/bars with a lifetime warranty. There have been rumors of them going under but I haven't seen any indication of that.

Marzocchi suspension. I can't count the amount of times it saved my ass. It's heavier than some but the plushness more than makes up for it. I wouldn't discount Fox either.

Gah, so much goes into a mtn bike! I would definitely go FS though. Much more fun to ride and faster on the DH sections. Properly setup FS will climb as well as a HT. When I built my bike for SuperD racing I was just under 24lbs FS. Somehow I ended up racing more DH than SuperD but the bike still rocked it. I beat the crap out of it and it never let me down with the components listed.

$1500 can usually get you a nice used bike. I bought parts on ebay over a long period of time and probably spent about $2000 or so, but I picked exactly what I wanted and 8 years later the bike is still going strong.

I definitely second the save up for a nicer bike.
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I've got bad experiences with lower end bikes. When I buy something now I wait till I can afford something that will put up with the punishment I pit it through. I guess if you plan on riding the mtb on the street and occasional trail use it's ok. But for constant trail use you may want something more worthy of the task.
Agree totally. You are not the lightest guy out there, nor being new probably the smoothest, so you are gonna beat the ever loving crap out of that bike while you get there. Get something with a reputable name and quality components and it will last a LOT longer.
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