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Old 10-10-2013, 02:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Good Beginner Bike?

Always wanted to get into riding, and finally gave it a try the other weekend on a rental and can't wait to get back out again. I've been looking into getting a good starter bike. Unfortunately I started looking at a new Yeti SB66, but obviously can't and shouldn't afford that price tag for my first bike. So, any suggestions on a good beginner bike? I'd like for it to still climb fairly well, but obviously perform at downhill as well.

I came across this Giant Faith locally. Opinons?

Giant Faith (Downhill) amazing condition!

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Old 10-10-2013, 02:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That thing will not climb.

Find an "all mountain" bike if you want confident downhill handling and the ability to climb.

Here's a gross oversimplification:
XC bikes are made for climbing.
DH bikes are made for descending.
AM bikes do both well.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What's your budget?

If you want something around the price of that Faith, that will actually climb, and trail-ride like a champ, look for an older Yeti 575. Mine is a 2005 model, with a metric shitload of miles on it, and aside from checking torque on the pivot, the frame has been flawless.

There's a dozen or so other good frames you could get in that price range, what I would look for is a high end, older frame, with older top-of-the-line 9spd driveline. You'll get a lot more bang for your buck going that route, more reliable components, lighter overall package, and it'll depreciate less than a newer mid-range bike.
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I'd go for a giant trance or reign. Should be able to find one in the $1200 range. Suspension is supposed to be some of the best for climbing as well as descending, they have pretty high quality components for the price range.

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Old 10-11-2013, 08:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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What's your budget?

If you want something around the price of that Faith, that will actually climb, and trail-ride like a champ, look for an older Yeti 575. Mine is a 2005 model, with a metric shitload of miles on it, and aside from checking torque on the pivot, the frame has been flawless.

There's a dozen or so other good frames you could get in that price range, what I would look for is a high end, older frame, with older top-of-the-line 9spd driveline. You'll get a lot more bang for your buck going that route, more reliable components, lighter overall package, and it'll depreciate less than a newer mid-range bike.
Since this will be my first bike, I think that will be about the top of my budget. I've run across a few older Yeti 575 bikes, but they are still pretty pricey around here. I've been told by some buddies that more bikes will start popping up around this time of year for good deals, so I will keep an eye out. Thanks for the input.
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I would look at something in the 5 to 6" travel range. A Giant Trance X, Giant Reign, Specialized Stumpjumper or Enduro, Santa Cruz Blur LT or Heckler.

You can find all of these used in your price range, they may be a little older but they should be just fine since most people get upgraditis fairly quick.
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Old 10-13-2013, 05:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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people confuse beginner bike with a cheap bike. don't go cheap. the more expesnive the bike the more fun it is to ride. the more fun it is to ride, the more you will ride it and your money won't go to waiste.

that said, look for a 5" to 6" bike. yeti 575 is good choice. turner 5 spot, etc..

for a first bike, i would get a 2005 or later model of any 6" bike. you should be able to find them around a grand.
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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people confuse beginner bike with a cheap bike. don't go cheap. the more expesnive the bike the more fun it is to ride. the more fun it is to ride, the more you will ride it and your money won't go to waiste.

that said, look for a 5" to 6" bike. yeti 575 is good choice. turner 5 spot, etc..

for a first bike, i would get a 2005 or later model of any 6" bike. you should be able to find them around a grand.

Thanks for the info, and I agree, I think that rule applies to a lot more than just bikes.

A friend emailed this to me. I don't know why I am skeptical of buying a Trek. For some reason big production brands tend to scare me off. After reading some reviews, it says it's a cross country bike, so I'm not really sure if this is the type of bike I'm looking for. He even said that when using it for downhill he could use more suspension, but that he loves the bike and it still rides great. The price seems pretty decent for the bike though.

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for that price, id buy it and ride it then upgrade later if you need to.
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I'd have no qualms with buying a higher end Trek. For that price, if it fits you, I'd buy it in an instant.
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
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That's a great bike at a great price. Been riding my ex8 for over 4 years now its a rock solid bike. Climbs well and descends well. Great do it all bike.
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:30 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Missed out on the Trek, and decided to buy a truck, so got set back on extra money to throw at a bike.

Starting to look again and came across a couple. Opinions?

2009 Santa Cruz Blur LT2
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That butcher looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor. If it was a medium I would buy it and ride it like I stole it.
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If I was in the market for a bike, that Butcher would be hard to beat (at $1250, maybe $1300).
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Do I understand everything right: good bike costs around $1000?
What about Mongoose Status 3.0 Dual-Suspension Mountain Bike? I am currently gathering additional money for it working as a freelancer providing term paper help.
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Do I understand everything right: good bike costs around $1000?
What about Mongoose Status 3.0 Dual-Suspension Mountain Bike? I am currently gathering additional money for it working as a freelancer providing term paper help.
Lol I hope this is a troll. Absolutely Junk bike. Don't even bother.
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Old 12-26-2015, 07:09 AM   #17 (permalink)
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What about Mongoose Status 3.0 Dual-Suspension Mountain Bike? I am currently gathering additional money for it working as a freelancer providing term paper help.
Mongoose went to shit in the '90s. It's now basically Walmart junk.
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Do I understand everything right: good bike costs around $1000?
What about Mongoose Status 3.0 Dual-Suspension Mountain Bike? I am currently gathering additional money for it working as a freelancer providing term paper help.
If your research suggests a good new dual suspension mountain bike is $1000 I wouldn't be advertising writing term papers.
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You can get a decent used bike for 1000$. If your budget is at or around 1k buy a new hardtail with good components then buy a f/s frame when some internet retailer has it for cheap. Best way to get a good bike for the money.

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