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Old 07-04-20, 06:01 AM
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No idea what to buy

I was on a trail the other day that would have been great on a mountain bike, and I'm thinking of getting one. I found this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Full-Suspen...d/224067249911 Seller says it's a medium. It is listed as new and unused. Other than being from Bulgaria, is this a good buy?
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Old 07-04-20, 06:41 AM
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Originally Posted by jblackmd View Post
is this a good buy?
It's a overpriced department store bike with low quality components, it probably has a warning sticker on it saying it's not designed for off road use.
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Old 07-04-20, 07:21 AM
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It's a overpriced department store bike with low quality components, it probably has a warning sticker on it saying it's not designed for off road use.
Gotcha. Glad I asked! Next question: what should I be looking for in a decent MTB? Can they be had for under $1000?
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Old 07-04-20, 08:08 AM
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What sort of riding do you want to do?

Examples of what you can get new for under $1000.....
https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/bi...bikes/hardtail
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mountain_bikes.htm
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That is a $200 bike max. Are people really paying over $500 inc. shipping?
A good FS starts at $3K,better get a rigid or hardtail if you don't have the funds. Nothing worse than bad FS.
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Again, all depends on what riding you'll be doing. What your trails are like. Etc.etc. Is this your first time to mtb? Then I suggest get a used one first. A lot of factors.
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Originally Posted by cobba View Post
What sort of riding do you want to do?

Examples of what you can get new for under $1000.....
https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/bi...bikes/hardtail
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mountain_bikes.htm
I ride mainly road, but I was on a trail the other day and I think I want to be able to ride a rough trail on occasion. Back in the day I rode dirt bikes and BMX. Any thoughts on this:https://www.rei.com/product/162208/c...s-drt-11-bike#

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Old 07-04-20, 10:52 AM
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I also found this one: https://lakeland.craigslist.org/bik/...150037566.html The guy says I can have it for 450. It's in good shape (so he says, haven't ridden it yet) and about 8-9 years old.
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I also found this one: https://lakeland.craigslist.org/bik/...150037566.html The guy says I can have it for 450. It's in good shape (so he says, haven't ridden it yet) and about 8-9 years old.
Looks like it would of cost around $800 new.

https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/valu...oduct/3040668/

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Old 07-05-20, 04:42 AM
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Looks like it would of cost around $800 new.

https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/valu...oduct/3040668/
I'll check it out then. Thanks!
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I bought this 1997 Specialized Rockhopper FS on eBay:





$350 shipping included.

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I feel like a lot of people using MTB trails are "overbiked"

You don't NEED suspension to have fun and tackle a lot of really technical terrain.

As others have said, hone in on the type of riding you like to do, pick a budget, and get the best deal you can for the type of bike you can get in that budget.

I ride what is basically a rigid MTB with 29+ tires - I love doing technical descending and gravel roads, I can live without suspension because I don't leave the ground too often.
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Originally Posted by davei1980 View Post
I feel like a lot of people using MTB trails are "overbiked"

You don't NEED suspension to have fun and tackle a lot of really technical terrain.

As others have said, hone in on the type of riding you like to do, pick a budget, and get the best deal you can for the type of bike you can get in that budget.

I ride what is basically a rigid MTB with 29+ tires - I love doing technical descending and gravel roads, I can live without suspension because I don't leave the ground too often.
You're probably right. I rode BMX as a kid. The frame was a monoshock, and it had a rigid fork. I used to ride trails on my Raleigh Supercourse. I had switched the handlebar to a flat hybrid type, and put on fatter tires. It worked ok. Of course, I'm 30 years older now, and I tried a trail last week that was too rough for the Raleigh. It has road tires on it now. Hey, if the fork doesn't work well I can switch to out to a rigid one. I'll have it next week, and I'll see how it is.
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