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Old 02-27-20, 01:42 PM
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I wanted to ask the community for some guidance in a hardtail bike.

I have some experience riding hardtails here and there the last 15 years but never owned one.

I have become really interesting in getting one. I have a budget of 1300 max.

Would love some input or suggestions please let me know what you think.

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Old 02-27-20, 03:18 PM
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best mountain bikes under 1000


the question you pose is a rather open ended question it begets more questions.
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I am biased and new to the sport but I recently got a Jamis Dragonslayer from Jenson USA. Love it so far. It's a 2018 closeout with 26+ tires but the components are good.

https://www.jensonusa.com/Jamis-Drag...o-26-Bike-2018
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Originally Posted by Tronzambony View Post
I wanted to ask the community for some guidance in a hardtail bike.

I have some experience riding hardtails here and there the last 15 years but never owned one.

I have become really interesting in getting one. I have a budget of 1300 max.

Would love some input or suggestions please let me know what you think.

Thanks
Check out the Youtube channel Hardtail Party. Steve has been riding hardtails for awhile now. Not sure if the bikes he rides are in your price range though.
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Old 02-28-20, 07:57 PM
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If you are willing to do used, can likely find some decent full suspension depending where you ride.
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Old 02-28-20, 08:15 PM
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If you are willing to do used, can likely find some decent full suspension depending where you ride.
I am out in Raleigh North Carolina! I can jump my budget up to 2k max. I would love FS but from what i have been reading alot of people say to ride HT for awhile before you jump. What do you think? Any bike suggestions?
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I am out in Raleigh North Carolina! I can jump my budget up to 2k max. I would love FS but from what i have been reading alot of people say to ride HT for awhile before you jump. What do you think? Any bike suggestions?

I'm not sure why people say ride a HT first. Perhaps they ride hard tails. Although both are Mountain Bikes, there are some significant differences in a hard tail and full suspension bike. Get the bike "you want" not what people say on forums and articles. Not saying some good advice can't be had by reading but my point is if you want a FS then get it. $2K budget can land you a good FS bike. Nothing worst than buying a bike you had to convince yourself to buy rover a bike you loved to have. Trust me, I know about that.
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I am out in Raleigh North Carolina! I can jump my budget up to 2k max. I would love FS but from what i have been reading alot of people say to ride HT for awhile before you jump. What do you think? Any bike suggestions?
Raleigh is big town, check your local bike shops for demo days in the coming month. Often bike manufacturers will sponsor a demo event by bringing in a van full of bike for prospective buyers to try.
Great why to determine which bike is right for you and usually only costs the price of letting them hold your license and/or CC.
Strong mtb culture in NC, good luck and circle back if you have questions.
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Originally Posted by Tronzambony View Post
I can jump my budget up to 2k max. I would love FS but from what i have been reading alot of people say to ride HT for awhile before you jump. What do you think? Any bike suggestions?
Having a budget under $2k is a good reason to get a hardtail. Full suspension bikes are both more complex and usually not available in the lower spec that keeps the price down. Even budget mail order brands keep it a bit north of $2k, at least for a "real" bike (4-bar rear suspension and air ride).

Another reason is that hardtails are more adaptable to other purposes if it's your only bike. They are easier to mount cargo and more efficient on a road. The MTB-with-slicks is a commuter staple but almost none of those are full suspension. This is the main reason I've got a hard tail right now. I've been considering replacing my road bike (which is basically only good for working out) with a more hybrid or commuter style bike and then having lost that rationale I'm likely to shopping for a FS again.

A third reason is, a hardtail (or full rigid, or single speed) will help you develop better skills. This theory is one part merit (it does) but one part curmudgeon (you needed those skills more if you didn't have suspension). If you are riding somewhere with a pump track that looks like fun or trails with a lot of skinnies and ramps, yeah, but most of my riding is on single track shared with horses and dogs and their walkers, and it wasn't a consideration.
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If you are looking for a trail bike I would test ride a Salsa Timberjack . You can test ride them at Oak City Cycling Project or Franks Cyclery both in Raleigh. Other Bike shops in Raleigh are quality and worth looking at.
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