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Old 07-03-18, 02:48 PM
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$1000

So I'm saving up for a new mountain bike, and I'm wondering what kind of mountain bike can I get for $1000 or less?
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Old 07-03-18, 09:54 PM
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$1000 almost gets you a decent low end mountain bike or a used higher end mountain bike. Speaking hard tails only.

$1000 will get you crap in full suspension.
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Old 07-04-18, 08:30 AM
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It will buy you a nice hard tail
many to choose from.
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Old 07-05-18, 07:40 AM
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Do you have bikes already? If not, go to your LBS and do some talking/riding with the shop.

I recommend this one - Giant Fathom 2
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Old 07-05-18, 07:54 AM
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Loose ball bearing rear hub and the Suntour fork are the bad stuff on that bike.
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Old 07-05-18, 10:49 AM
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Suntour Raidion full air forks are ok. As good as the cheaper full air Srams or Fox forks. Also you might find a decent entry level FS used like a Giant Stance or Specialized Camber for a $1000. They start at about $1600 new.
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Old 07-05-18, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by hig4s View Post
Suntour Raidion full air forks are ok. As good as the cheaper full air Srams or Fox forks.
Not even close. For one the Suntour forks are heavier and instead of using oil inside they use grease. Forks works fine for a while then the grease degrades and it becomes a crap ride.
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Old 07-05-18, 09:25 PM
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Yeah well maybe he can upgrade the fork at purchase? Bike has reasonable #'s all around. Love that bikes in this $ range now have 30mm id rims.
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Old 07-06-18, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
Not even close. For one the Suntour forks are heavier and instead of using oil inside they use grease. Forks works fine for a while then the grease degrades and it becomes a crap ride.
1. We are talking about a fork that is inexpensive and a value for the price not a great fork. They are 32 mm forks vs the entry level Rockshox 30mm forks which flex much more.
2. yes they use grease that will stiffen and reduce small bump compliance and needs maintenance more often, but if you never do any maintenance any fork will begin to lose its small bump compliance.
3. there is information out there to (at first maintenance) clean out the grease, add a couple of foam seals and convert to 15wt oil, which makes them even smoother than when new.

I have ridden a bike with a raidon and it was nicer than my Rockshox 30 Gold which is what Giant was using previously.

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Old 07-06-18, 10:36 AM
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You could get a Diamondback hook for a good price. Iím not so sure how good a Diamondback Atroz 1 is but if youíre willing to get a full suspension with not the best suspension in the world it is the same price as a hook.
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Old 07-09-18, 08:49 AM
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Yeah well maybe he can upgrade the fork at purchase? Bike has reasonable #'s all around. Love that bikes in this $ range now have 30mm id rims.
If a person is going to pay to upgrade a fork at purchase why not just pay more money for a better bike with a nicer fork on it already?

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Old 07-09-18, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by hig4s View Post
1. We are talking about a fork that is inexpensive and a value for the price not a great fork. They are 32 mm forks vs the entry level Rockshox 30mm forks which flex much more.
2. yes they use grease that will stiffen and reduce small bump compliance and needs maintenance more often, but if you never do any maintenance any fork will begin to lose its small bump compliance.
3. there is information out there to (at first maintenance) clean out the grease, add a couple of foam seals and convert to 15wt oil, which makes them even smoother than when new.

I have ridden a bike with a raidon and it was nicer than my Rockshox 30 Gold which is what Giant was using previously.
By the time you do all that labor, buy some foam seals and oil...

Might as well have just bought the bike with something that says Rockshox or Fox on it. Even the lowest end Rockshox is better than the high end Suntour.
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
By the time you do all that labor, buy some foam seals and oil...

Might as well have just bought the bike with something that says Rockshox or Fox on it. Even the lowest end Rockshox is better than the high end Suntour.
All that labor? You have to do that much or more any time you properly service any fork.
I have a bike with the low end air rockshox, I do not agree it is better than a Suntour Raidon, which is fine for someone that is looking for cheap but decent entry level equipment.
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Old 07-09-18, 05:24 PM
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I paid $42 for mine.

Anyway I find these posts amusing. Every single enthusiast site for anything has these posts all the time.

Do you need a new bike?

Look for a nice older bike from the last several years. (As was briefly stated above)

$1000 will get you a nice bike that's a few years old.

And do you really need a mountain bike? Need to spend a grand?

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Old 07-11-18, 04:37 PM
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My $1000 bike would be a Trek X-Caliber even though I hate the name or maybe a Scott. I was liking the Cannondale Trail for a while but I think the price went up and/ or just didn't like the colors this year. I feel Specialized Rockhoppers are so common they seem pedestrian. Other brands you are getting more expensive like a felt though i'd be happy with something less expensive like a Jamis which seem good and maybe not cheaper. I already have a Giant Roam hybrid which can handle all the "mountain biking" I really do and not in love with having the cheapest of the name brands though Giant has a comparable hardtail in the price range.
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Old 07-21-18, 11:43 PM
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I buy Bikesdirect Motobecanes then modify them whenever. I have had no problems with Motobecane bikes in all cycling disciplines. Yes a high end Trek will be better but if you can wrench a bit you can’t beat the value of Motobecane. All bikes need maintenance and no matter how fancy they are they all break at times. I own Cannondales, Gary Fisher, Specialized and others. So I’m not a Motobecane fanboy ok somewhat
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Old 07-23-18, 12:10 PM
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go to dicks they have alot of GTs there
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Old 07-23-18, 02:35 PM
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I ended up buying a Marin Rock Springs 2 bike from Performance Bike.
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Old 03-02-20, 01:18 PM
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So its over a year later whats the consensus in March 2020???
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did you really revive an old thread?
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Originally Posted by carlosponti View Post
did you really revive an old thread?

Yep

Its 2020

was wondering what the best under 1000 bike there was out there

Thoughts on Specialized Rockhopper Expert 1x?
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Old 03-03-20, 09:53 AM
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Why wouldn't you just post into the active thread about the same subject in the top five threads on the page? https://www.bikeforums.net/mountain-...er-1000-a.html

The question is fine but you're asking people to post their ideas in an old duplicate thread.
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At least around the midwest there are a ton of excellent condition used full suspension mountain bikes available. They're not going to have XX1 drivetrains but some have NX or XT. Look on FB marketplace!
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