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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-08-2005, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Wanting to buy a MT Bike. But which one?

Im looking to buy a Mt bike soon and I know a few people ride here. Im not looking to spend alot of cash as Ill just be riding the prairie path and a few trails. Any suggestions?
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giving a price range you are shopping in would be helpful.

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How much is "not alot?" I bought a Trek 4300 last year with my tax return ($400) and I love it. Smooth and strong.

Rode it about two three times last year. Went to the trails once and the other times was to practice wheelies.

If you want something of quality, don't go to WalMart. Look into Trek, Specialized, Giant, or Mongoose.

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if a 3500.00 bike that ill discount to 2800.00 let me know, if thats in your price range.

its 99% new.



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Oh I'd say around 300 to 500, Ive had a Trek, Canondale bikes in the past any liked them. So those are the 2 im kinda looking at
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EEEKkk Thats way outta my leauge!!!

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if a 3500.00 bike that ill discount to 2800.00 let me know, if thats in your price range.

its 99% new.
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Go to "Rudy's" on Milwaukee (sp?) and Lawrence. Right across from the Copernicus Theatre. They have nice selections at reasonable prices.

Look into the Trek 4300's. Don't get the caliper brake system unless you plan on getting into some serious mud. It's not worth getting a cheap system.

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I have a giant rincon that cost me around 300 that has taken a good beating. Nice inexpensive quality bike, although I did upgrade to doublewall rims because I taco'd the rear when practicing 180 stoppies, lol

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if a 3500.00 bike that ill discount to 2800.00 let me know, if thats in your price range.

its 99% new.
You've piqued my interest, Ken... What kinda bike are you talking about here?
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If you want a cannondale or giant go to Dan's bike shop in Berwyn. Just east of Oak Park ave on Roosevelt road. Ask for Nick, he has given me awesome deals and does all my maintenance basicly for free, super honest guy.

This is the time to buy, everyone wants to get ride of their stock from last year before spring pops up.

Trek 4300 is a solid bike like everyone said, but you will out grow it fast if you start riding more.

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Out grow it? How?
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midavid you would be PERFECT for this bike.

the bike is a 2000 model that i bought in 2001

its the same build up ALMOST as the Team version

http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Bike_har...ct_19465.shtml


BUT i changed some things, back then and i almost still dont like race face, LONG STORY.

its the same exact frame full carbon fiber hardtail, SL judy fronk shock, FULL!!!!! XTR EVERYTHING, Titanium bar, stem, custom TI seat post, bontrager Ti seat, XTR RAPID fire shifter, break levers, crank, arms, center crank brearing, the chain, the derailers, carbon fiber end bars,XTR and TI or Carbon fiber are the only things on this bike.

infact people fucken DROOL! over this bike when i take it into the shops "use to" they want to buy it from me.

the thing is you could buy the Team for 3500.00 the TEAM version i built, its lighter its faster "XTR gearing" and its all shimano XTR equipment, it was and still is the BEST equipment you can buy hands down!

also too with that price ill throw an extra pair of shimano 747 clip less peddles, the bontrager TI clipless peddels, already on it, new set of racer tires in it, and a crank wrench incase you dont have one.

the thing costed me the same price as the team version but i got better stuff on it.

here are a few pictures, its alittle dusty , NO rust, no scratchs, no nothing!

its fucken MINT!


here is the kicker! it MAYBE has 100 paved paths on it



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Out grow it? How?
You may start to ride hard enough to break parts, bend rims, etc. Also, better bikes have superior shifting and braking, which if you get going at a fast pace become very nessesary.

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This thread reminded me that I need a wheel for my wifes bike. Any one got one laying around? The front wheel hub is fugged up.(so were the 2 guys playing chicken) It's a Giant (I would consider it a lower end Giant) but any wheel that will work is OK.

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I got a great deal on my bike. It's a Gary Fisher (now made by Trek) Marlin. I got it for $400 otd at Sunbaum's in Joliet. Really good balance of cheap and nice. It has a decent fork and components, but a pretty standard Trek type frame.
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In that price range I'd recommend a hard tail(no rear shock), a full suspension bike under $1500.00 is generally heavy crap. A Specialized rock hopper would be a little over that target price but would do well off-road. Entry level "mountain" bikes are really city bikes, you need to be in the second tier if you want to ride off-road and not break shit.

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Definitely go with a hardtail......
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Ken, how much do you want for it?

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i am thinking 2800.00 it seems a fair price for that bike with equipment, and the amount of riding i did.

didnt you ride it real quick?


the only thing i would change is the break pads or the calipers.
for some MONSTER stopping power.

wait i take that back, that was keiker.



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This thread reminded me that I need a wheel for my wifes bike. Any one got one laying around? The front wheel hub is fugged up.(so were the 2 guys playing chicken) It's a Giant (I would consider it a lower end Giant) but any wheel that will work is OK.
hey Rodger I still have the original front wheel from my Giant Rincon. Its yours for $30, let me know and I'll have it at the shop and you can swing by and get it there. Lemme know....

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Thanks Guys. Yea I was looking at hardtails only since anything Good with a rear shock is more then I wanna spend.
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Also check out the corner store on the way up to Kettle. They sell off their rentals from the summer before for some nice prices. I seem to recall some deals there in years past. Couldn't tell you the name of the place though. Perhaps someone else can help out?

Anyway, nice mid range stuff that hasn't been beat. Worth a shot.

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Can you haggle the price with bike shops? Ive never tried....
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Can you haggle the price with bike shops? Ive never tried....
At times, like in February when there's snow on the ground. On the first 60 degree Saturday, forgettaboutit. You should be able to get a smokin' deal on an '04 right now. If you want a Trek, go to Village on Wells in Chicago. They used to be the largest Trek dealer in the country, I'm a bit out of touch these days.

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lol. Yea I was just on there website it looks like they have some nice deals. Ill be stoping there this weekend.

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I tried to haggle at Rudy's last May...the sales-lady just kinda smirked. They did throw in a free tune up though.

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I'm gonna bump this thread back up because I'm currently in the market as well. What I'm wondering is what bike size should I be looking at? I'm 6'2"

edit: anybody have a used one for sale?

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