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Old 05-30-2002, 08:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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$300 bike suggestions?

Ive been BMXing for a long time but dont know how well the BMX bikes cross over in the Mtn biking department ( GT, Mongoose, etc). Anyway Im gonna spend around 3 bills and want the most durability for the $$$ and would like to know what brands can be trusted besides those I think I have a clue about.
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I'm a die hard GT fan. I grew up on em and around 'em and its one of the few I couldn't break...


BUT, since they are BK and bought by Giant, I'm less than happy with their service. I've been waiting for my warranty on my i-Drive rear triangle since February! I'm not sure what happened with the frame but the weld pulled apart and they (Giant) were very willing to fix it - I later found out that almost every one of the 1.0 i-Drives has cracked along the same weld and I'm way down on the list...


In their defense, They are warrantying a product they did not build, but that they agreed to do as a service for their customers... I guess I'll have to give them props for accepting responsibilty of someone elses products, but negative points for being up front with me a bout how long it would take to fix


So basically, swing over to Santa Monica and check out Supergo Bikes (www.supergo.com) and see what they got....they're always having sales on stuff....then when I get m junk back we can ride



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well I found a good deal on a Specialized so thats what I got thanks for the input
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Sweet..what'd you get?


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I was in the same boat. I just bought a Diamondback Response. I should have checked the net before purchase but oh well. I paid $300 for it, I dont have a clue what I could have found it for and dont really care. The shop I got it from locally here the people are pretty cool. So far I like it. I need to get to the hills and ride.
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i am selling my lite speed if you are interested, it is a little more than $300 though ($500) but i am negotiable.
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Old 06-21-2002, 08:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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GT, Mongoose and Schwinn are all owned by Pacific Cyle now. aka WAL-MART bikes. We got a catalog from Pacific the other day, they're trying to get bike shops to carry them still. No way. They've kept the model names and seriosuly downgraded the frames, a lot of heavy crappy "hi" tensile steel with some nice labels on the components to look good. But it's very much CRAP. It's too bad
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Oh yeah, I figured you might want some suggestions instead of just crap news.


Hmmm. $300. Whatcha using it for? If off road, it's hard to get a real fork in the $300 range. Slightly higher, around $350 gets a better fork. Gary Fisher Wahoo has a Judy TT and is $360. Or $440 get a Fisher Marlin with the better Genesis Geometry, made in the US frame. If just bike paths, get a nice rigid bike for around $250.
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Hi I'm Marc and I own a bike shop.It's hard to get a mtn bike that packs alot of strength for 300.00 these day's.You can get some nice bikes for that much but not very strong for jumping etc.There is a new brand that just came out called Tank bikes and I have been selling them for about 2 months know they make a hell of a bike for 329.00 full susp all alloy frame and components with good disc brakes.You wont find these bike in allot of shops yet they have a fit range from 5ft to 5' 10".You can veiw some of them at http://www.bi-tank.com
It's no biggie If you want to buy one from me , I have a few blue ones and a black one in stock.Good Luck!
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what about Haro bikes?

I know they made some sweet freestyle bikes, but what about Mtn bikes - a local shop has one for $350...
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Old 06-29-2002, 07:21 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Hmmm. $300. Whatcha using it for? If off road, it's hard to get a real fork in the $300 range. Slightly higher, around $350 gets a better fork. Gary Fisher Wahoo has a Judy TT and is $360. Or $440 get a Fisher Marlin with the better Genesis Geometry, made in the US frame. If just bike paths, get a nice rigid bike for around $250. [/B][/QUOTE]


Hi,

you seem to be fairly in the know, so I wonder if you could answer a few questions for me too. I'm looking around for a bike as well

I'm in about the same ramge, price wise, and I am looking for a good starter bike for some fun.

I'm thinking hardtail to keep the price down and to keep the weight down as well. I'd rather not end up with a full-suspension bike that has a heavy steel frame due to my budget.

I have been hanging out on www.mtbreview.com and eBay and have seen the following appealing bikes:

1 - Specialized RockHopper (a bit more expensive)
2 - GT Aggressor 3.0
3 - Various other GT bikes

I'm thinking a GT would be the way to go b/c they're strong and due to the recent buy-out, they're also fairly low-cost.

Can you suggest a GT model in particular that is a good used bike?

I was thinking about buying a GT Zaskar frame and another fairly crappy bike and then switch over all the components, but I'm afraid that the cranks/cables/fork/headsets won't be compatible.
Is this fairly standard between bikes, or is there a lot of variability?

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the type I ended up getting was a 19" hardrock and so far its been able to hold up to about 6' of air we will see how long this bike will last.
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