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Let's talk mountain bikes. I need one and money's tight.

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Old 05-17-2009, 08:57 PM   #1
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Let's talk mountain bikes. I need one and money's tight.

I've got an old Research dynamics coyote pro 4 and am looking at getting a new bike for the 1st time in probably 12-15 years and I'm a little out of what's going on in the MTB world. I have been looking through the google though.

I'm Looking for something sub $1000---Heck sub $700 if possible because $'s is tight. Looking into a hardtail All mountain style bike. Something for the street and for the trails. I'm not going to be bombing any stairs, cliffs etc. I won't be downhilling. Just looking for taking some nice rides. Decent components would be nice. Disc brakes would be nice. Below is what I'm looking at currently but would like some feedback and other suggestions. I've test ridden them all and the haro is by far my favorite and for the +/- $500 price tag it is tempting.

Transition Trans Am



Haro Escape Sport



Specialized hardrock comp



Diamondback Response sport




Thoughts? The Transition is the most expensive at around $1100 iirc. Also iirc the DB was the cheapest at around $450.




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Old 05-17-2009, 09:20 PM   #2
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One better.

www.craigslist.com

You can probably find what you want for at least 1/2 of the new price.




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Old 05-17-2009, 09:21 PM   #3
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I love CL and I am searching thoroughly, thanks.




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Old 05-18-2009, 02:42 AM   #4
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I've got a Specialized Hardrock Pro... Basically the same as the Comp only with disc brakes added. It's an awesome bike and was only around $500 or so when I got it a few years ago. I highly recommend it.




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Old 05-18-2009, 12:50 PM   #5
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Maybe you can work out some shipping with this guy? Hes got a specialized hardrock and only wants $250obo for it.


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Old 05-18-2009, 01:41 PM   #6
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I`ve got three bikes myself (all Rocky Mountain) but a bit removed from what`s out there now. Specialized always had pretty good bikes for the buck. I`d imagine they still do.

Consider 2nd hand as well. If the bike`s been reasonably taken care of, you can get some real gems. Also hardtails (front shock only) tend to be better values than dual suspension. Don`t let anyone tell you that you need full suspension. I learned to ride on a fully rigid hardtail years ago and have had some of by best rights on hardtails (front suspension only). 2 of my 3 bikes are hardtails and they`re a blast to ride and are lighter and more nimble.

Try and get the best frame possible. Components can be upgraded later if you really get into it.

Mountainbiking rules. Obviously you have lots of choices over there in CO for killer terrain.




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Thanks guys. I'm not really looking for a used MTB unless I find an incredible deal on a very nice bike. But again, money is tight so I may end up going that route.




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Thanks guys. I'm not really looking for a used MTB unless I find an incredible deal on a very nice bike. But again, money is tight so I may end up going that route.
I'm not one to talk. All my bikes were built up from brand new frames and mostly brand new parts. Not the cost effective way to go.




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Nothing wrong at all with used. I would take a 2 year old $1600 bike for $700, any day over a brand new $700 bike.




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Heck get a mongoose, I have one from back in high school and it's still in mint condition . I use it on paved trails in the nova / washington dc area. Great parts and 0 problems w/ it. Many, many miles on mine. I think i paid a whopping 300 bucks for it i think. Good luck and keep us posted. Specialized is a great company as well, for the money.
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Nothing wrong at all with used. I would take a 2 year old $1600 bike for $700, any day over a brand new $700 bike.
No, your right. I just need to find that one as you describe. I guess that's why they call it looking. I did take a test spin on the Haro escape again and it's really nice. It gets good reviews also.....so I don't know yet.




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