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Hay guys. I'm looking for a mountain bike
for no more than 260$. I'm looking for aluminum
frame, dual suspension, Shimano gearing. BRakes I don't know.
I seen some bikes with front disk brakes - good or bad.
I remember I had bike with no gears and rear brake in the pedals.
Can you guys help me pick something.
I'm Kawasaki dude and I kind of like this one - what do you think.
I know in this price range I can get only Huffy or Mangoose.
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Does that bike come in more than one frame size? If not, make sure you fit the bike. The right frame size is everything.

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Why do you want dual suspension? It sucks all your energy and isn't really necessary unless you're doing serious downhill riding. Front suspension isn't really necessary unless you're an avid cross country biker and are uber fast.

For the same money you could get a much lighter rigid with much better components plus a lock and water bottle to go with it.

Just my $0.02

EDIT***missed the part about disc brakes. Yeah, they perform better than pads, but do you need them? What are you using the bike for?

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That will be my first mountain bike.
I will go little off road.
Woods, gravel, and regular asphalt track in the
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Full suspension under $1500 = piece of shit.

We call those Mongoose bikes throwaways. Ride them once and throw them away.

On that Mongoose...the brakes don't work right because the caliper springs are too weak, the front derailleur does whatever it wants because the cage is the wrong shape...when adjusted properly the cage hits the rear tire, the rims are single wall and won't last more than a week with anyone that weighs over 50lbs, the rear shock can't support any weight...and it has maybe an inch of travel anyway, it does not have a replaceable rear hanger so if it ever gets bent, the frame is garbage, the swinger is steel, only one size (26" ATB)...man I could go on and on about how much I hate that thing. I'm embarrassed that I know so much about the bike.
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Jim thx for the info I will stay away from Mangoose.
What do you think about that Kawi bike?
I assume Huffy is same deal as Mangoose.

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$260? you should be looking at a hard tail at the most. If you're lucky you can get a decent trek maybe that has a rigid fork, or a shit fork that is replaceable later. $260 gets you very little, consider used off craigslist for that price. Spend $200 for decent used bike, another $50 for a tuneup from a bicycle shop.

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you need a hard tail around here. honestly full suspension "major rigs$$$$" are for out west.


plain and simple any bike in that price range will be a sacrifice on durability,good derailers,weight,suspension components.

your gonna have to spend more money dude.

if not just go to wallmart and pick something up.



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Ken I know 260$ is not a lot, but I have to stick to it for now.
I need also a Kids Trailer to haul my kids with me.
What do you think guys about that Kawi on the top of that post?
I bet its better than Huffy, I'ts KAWIIIIIII

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Ken I know 260$ is not a lot, but I have to stick to it for now.
I need also a Kids Trailer to haul my kids with me.
What do you think guys about that Kawi on the top of that post?
I bet its better than Huffy, I'ts KAWIIIIIII
it looks like a complete piece of shit. if you want a bike you'll grenade in a couple weeks with minimal use then by all means get a $250 sports store special. If you want something that can take some level of abuse and actually function well then spend more money or go used.

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I am going to sound like Chills.

Check out REI they should be able to get you something decent for the price.

If you are on the larger size you do not want dual suspension.

Those kid trailers run 200+ depending on what you get.

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Thx for the input.

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That Kawi bike isn't really made by Kawi, it just has the name on it. It is a POS bike. After a couple of miles on single track it'll probably start falling apart.

+1 on the hard tail. You don't need full suspension.

You aren't going to find anything decent for trails for $260. If you are just riding the Prairie Path that's probably a decent price for a bike. If you ever do anything a little more rugged you'll need something more expensive. It'll have better parts and will be more durable.

Like Paladin said check out REI. I bought my REI house brand bike last year and I've beaten the crap out of it, and it's still running well. It was $560 retail, but with my dividend check and the 20% coupon I got it for $280 out the door.

Once you do some research check out eBay. You might find something decent on there.

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What happened to Mongoose.......that used to be the bike to have when I was into BMX..

they sell out to someone?

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Ken I know 260$ is not a lot, but I have to stick to it for now.
I need also a Kids Trailer to haul my kids with me.
What do you think guys about that Kawi on the top of that post?
I bet its better than Huffy, I'ts KAWIIIIIII
That Kawi is a Mongoose, it's a repainted Mongoose Maneuver.

Mongoose used to be a decent bike years ago, but they were bought up by Pacific Cycle which also owns Schwinn and GT. Now they only build garbage.
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Just add $100 bucks more and you can get a decent specialized bike.
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Peter, I *might* be selling my Specialized Rockhopper with front shock and hard tail.

It's an 18" frame, so you'd need a 30" or better inseam to be comfortable on it. Probably 32" would be better, IMHO.

It's an older bike, but not beat on. I bought it after my $5000 Specialized was stolen and insurance screwed me, this was a $550 bike when I got it.
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i have a 19.5 inch frame with a 30 inch inseem and i am just fine "even got a big cock" so anyone can fit on a 18 FYI



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i have a 19.5 inch frame with a 30 inch inseem and i am just fine "even got a big cock" so anyone can fit on a 18 FYI
That's fine for road, but you want something with a little more clearance for single track and more technical riding.

Try not to get your "big cock" stuck in the spokes, OK?

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That's fine for road, but you want something with a little more clearance for single track and more technical riding.

Try not to get your "big cock" stuck in the spokes, OK?
i can see that point, but personally never had a problem racking my ball "a few times yes but at that point i went head over heals.

OH and dont worry i bunji strap my cock to my knee when i ride



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Just don't get it caught in-between the back tire and the frame like someone got their backpack stuck

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My inseem is 32 so what size of frame I should get?

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Buy a Cannondale.


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Full suspension under $1500 = piece of shit.
Curious, since you seem to know what you are talking about, what do you think of the Cannondale Prophet 5?

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Jim what do you think of bikesdirect and the motobecane. I have a family friend that races cyclocross and said they are not terrible, basically good quality components rapped up in a heavier then normal (well heavier then say a specialized / or gary fisher)

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Curious, since you seem to know what you are talking about, what do you think of the Cannondale Prophet 5?
I used to ride a Scalpel with the Lefty years ago. Everything from Cannondale is good in my opinion, and they will bend over backwards if the bikes have problems. I worked at a Cannondale dealer for a few years...and when we had frame failures, the rep was there with a replacement frame the next day. About the prophet 5...I don't like the parts group on the 5 that much, I'm just not a fan of SRAM derailleurs and shifters, mainly. With Cannondale, you're really paying for the frame anyway, and I do think it is a really good buy for the price.
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Jim what do you think of bikesdirect and the motobecane. I have a family friend that races cyclocross and said they are not terrible, basically good quality components rapped up in a heavier then normal (well heavier then say a specialized / or gary fisher)

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ne_300HT07.htm
I dont have any info on online bike retailers because I've always been able to get parts for cost through the dealers I've worked for. Motobecanes are fine, all the brands have their pricepoint recreational/heavier bikes. Motobecane is just like all the other usual bike shop brands, they have the standard $400 bikes and go up all the way to $3000+ road bikes. Don't get caught up in the weight, the difference between a $500 bike and a $2000 bike is a couple of pounds at most.

If you do order a bike online, you will still probably need to get it tuned by a shop. The bike will come prebuilt and hopefully adjusted, but they are usually pretty bad out of the box.
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If you're interested, I have a Cannondale M700 (circa 1996) with a nice Manitou shock and XTR components that I'd sell you for $85.

Bike shamefully spent last winter outside so the couple of parts that aren't alloy could use a visit from the steel wool (namely the neck). New chain and it's back to being a rockstar.

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I dont have any info on online bike retailers because I've always been able to get parts for cost through the dealers I've worked for. Motobecanes are fine, all the brands have their pricepoint recreational/heavier bikes. Motobecane is just like all the other usual bike shop brands, they have the standard $400 bikes and go up all the way to $3000+ road bikes. Don't get caught up in the weight, the difference between a $500 bike and a $2000 bike is a couple of pounds at most.

If you do order a bike online, you will still probably need to get it tuned by a shop. The bike will come prebuilt and hopefully adjusted, but they are usually pretty bad out of the box.
yeah but there $400 bike is $269 shipped

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Do NOT buy a 250 dollar bike with a suspension. Get a used one, its the only thing for 250 dollars that can be called a mountain bike.
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