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Old 12-08-18, 02:06 PM
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Bad hip, looking for low cost/low maintenance FS bike

Hello,
My GF is buying me an MTB for Christmas and I'm wondering which one I should direct her to.
I'm not going to be doing anything crazy, mostly beginner to intermediate single track, with things like tree roots. No jumps or anything. I just want a FS because I have a bad hip and a bad knee.
I have been road biking for a while, but don't know much about mountian biking. I'm wondering if I should get an air shock VS a coil shock mainly. The difference seems to be a few hundred dollars.

This one is a bikesdirect motobecane fantom 29er for 825. It has a ROCKSHOX RS-Monarch RL-C2 190mm rear and a RS 30Gold fork. Also has a 10 speed Deore rear derailler.

I'm wondering if I really need something like that for light off roading and could go with something like this fantom DS comp 29er for 699 with rear coil shock, FSX 10 speed and SUNTOUR SF15-XCM fork.

I realize I could probably get something better used, but I prefer BD because it's easier for her to order there and they have my XL size. I'm wondering if I'd really be able to tell the difference between the two with the riding I'm doing, and which would be less maintenance.
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Old 12-09-18, 06:43 PM
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At the lower end air shocks are much better than coils, you will definitely feel the difference. But the specs are all off on that one. It is not 190mm suspension, not sure but is not more than 140mm, maybe 120mm. Motobecanes are fair for the price, but only fair. maintenance should be about the same.
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Old 12-10-18, 04:19 PM
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190mm is the stroke length of the shock, not the rear travel.

Regardless of coil-vs air, the DS comp is just a better spec'ed bike, and IMO absolutely worth the extra money. To be honest, the Comp is about as low end as I think is worth even considering for a FS bike. I think even an inexperience rider will notice the difference between those two bikes on any trail that is not paved.

Not only is the suspension at both ends better on the Comp, but with a coil (on the x4) you may not even be getting the right spring with it for your weight, so you may need to lay out more money for the right spring. In theory, coil is less maintenance if all else is equal, but in comparing those two rear shocks, all else is NOT equal.
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Looking for low cost/low maintenance FS bike

Bikes Direct pricing may be cheap enough to just replace , buy another,
when it needs much in the way of bearing or fork, replacement...
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Thanks guys,
I'm leaning toward the more expensive bike, however...
Both bikes appear to be the same frame. Would it be accurate to say the the suspension could be upgraded later on down the line identically on both bikes? My thought process is that the bike ould cost less for her since it's a gift, but later on down the road I could use my own money to upgrade the suspension.
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For example, could I just have her order something like this less expensive one(but very similar frame) and later upgrade the suspension?

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...fsx-275ltd.htm
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Originally Posted by vinnyvincent View Post
Thanks guys,
I'm leaning toward the more expensive bike, however...
Both bikes appear to be the same frame. Would it be accurate to say the the suspension could be upgraded later on down the line identically on both bikes? My thought process is that the bike ould cost less for her since it's a gift, but later on down the road I could use my own money to upgrade the suspension.
Buying the cheaper one and then upgrading the shock and fork to be the same as the more expensive one will end up costing you many hundreds of dolllars more than if you just buy the more expensive one to start with. And you will still be stuck with the rest of the lower speced parts.
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Buying the cheaper one and then upgrading the shock and fork to be the same as the more expensive one will end up costing you many hundreds of dolllars more than if you just buy the more expensive one to start with. And you will still be stuck with the rest of the lower speced parts.
^^^This.

Stay away from the crap that bikes direct sells.
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For example, could I just have her order something like this less expensive one(but very similar frame) and later upgrade the suspension?

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I would repeat my comment regarding the first cheaper option, except you would have a lesser frame and even worse parts.

I would not assume these are similar frames. Outside of being high/forward single pivots, they look very differently constructed.
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Thanks again everyone, I went ahead and ordered the more expensive fantom comp DS with the air shocks based on everyone's advice. Can't wait until it shows up and I can hit some trails!
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That's a good start into this morass called mountain biking. As you get used to the trails and your preferred riding style, you'll be adjusting things like dampening and air pressures.

Do you get a shock pump with the bike? If not, eBay is your friend. Air suspension is easily the most tunable. So you have some experimenting.

The other thing that really impacts knees and hips are saddle height and shape - so you'll likely be swapping stuff there over time... Sounds like you'll be spending most of your time in the saddle... make it all fit right.

And pedal selection. Good pedals in the right size can help with foot placement and security. Squirmy pedals can cause issues ...

Have fun
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