trj360 said:This article seems describe exactly what i want...a "trailbike"
What exactly is a free ride bike?
Definitely looking for full suspension.
In my area, there is a lot of erosion so i would be hitting roots and ditches all the time.
I don't want to spend $1000
A good choice then is a Trek, Fuel Ex, they are great cross country "trail" bikes
For a full suspension that would be tough.
I'm reconsidering that, because I'm so used to BMX bikes with no suspension at all, i think given the price differences and my preferences hard tail is the way to go. Take a look at the bike i posted just before your post. It looks like it'd fit my needs/wants perfectly, and the price seems pretty good.
Hey Hokie, come up here to Canada sometime, I'll show you some great trails in the Rockies.
Oh man.. don't I know it. Hell the freeride revolution pretty much started in Whistler and I've been to BC and seen some of the great riding around Vancouver...
I love skiing/snowboarding, but mtn biking is quickly becoming a VERY, VERY close second.
Any other components i should really be concerned about?
Go clipless pedals.( you power the pedal through the whole revolution rather than just on the down stroke, makes you less tired.)
Alright, I'm the proud new owner of a Jamis Komodo I. It was $600 (after sales tax) and came highly recommended from an extremely reputable local shop called Pedal Pushers. I've been riding for about 2 hours now and i only came back because it was getting dark. It feels great and looks pretty cool too. They also gave me a free water bottle and a holder for it. (probably cost like $5 anyway)
It has front and rear Tektro disc brakes, SRAM SX-4 shifter stuff, Maxxis tires, and a damn comfortable seat.
speaking of brand loyalty, i'd love to have a GT again.
edit: The trek is out of my price range. How much do the rockys typically cost? the site doesn't say.