New guy here to the forum, but I been into cycling for a long time. Lots of nice bikes and lots of good advice, I agree with the check out Jamis advice.
1-khs solo-one (my single speed I love it)
Recomendations-Jamis-steele hardtails. Or any other steele hardtails, much better rides than the new alloy hardtails in the price range you are looking, I would run a lower parts group to get into a steele hardtail frame. You could also look at the KHS soft-tail bikes they actually have a pretty decent ride to them.
I ride a 98 Klein attitude hardtail. My lungs don't seem to like the cold, so I haven't been riding for most of the winter. I have done a few rides this year at Fleming Meadows and Jenkinson lake, both in Pollock Pines. Thinking about trying some night rides at Fleming. Has anyone done any night riding here?
Man, all you guys keep talking about pedaling effeciency, but i ride my Santa Cruz v10 w/ a Fox 40 shock everywhere i go. I even ride it back and forth to work which is about 20 miles each way. Mountain biking is all about the exercise, not the " how easy can i make it" shit. Oh, and by the way, i rode the Con on my 06' specialized enduro s- works and it was a blast. By the way, im not spoiled, i work at a bike shop. I get things at about a third of what you would pay. I bought a GF 29" single speed for $299. Sorry to brake the news to everyone.
I have a Giant full suspension XT/LX. People tell me it's a nice ride, I wouldn't know since it has sat in my garage for 3 years. Going to get into this year because I have to lose some weight. Auburn after work and weekends, Russel Road trailhead.
I started with the MTB thing with the old thumbshifters, giant ATX 780 in 1989. Had a Ti frame MTB, didn't like that, had two of Treks bonded AL frames, they were pretty nice. Nicest rides I had were tripple butted KHS steel hard tail and Trek 990 steel hard tail. Gotta love steel. I know that Trek bought Bontrager, I don't know if you can still get a steel HT from them?
I ride a 2003 Kona Stinky "for fun". Which means on trails (italian Alps, mostly singletracks). On the road or for long rides (dirtroads) a Specialized Stumpjumper. As a commuter I have built myself from scratch a 7 speed mountain bike-kind of but don't use it very much. Too much traffic here and usually I'm too late and I have to use the car...
I ride An 02 Haro/intense DH werx and 03 Intense Tazer both are 4Sale! I ride the Haro DownHill bike everywhere. Great for training whats a better way to get your legs in shape then lugging a 50 pound DH up a hill! haha let me know if you or anyone you know wants em...
I ride a trek 8000 on new england trails, if you are commuting and not really hitting up hard trails, look into a semi slick or slick tire, it is a world of difference. Tire selection is key, when I switched to tubeless it was like getting a whole new bike.
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