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Old 11-15-21, 08:15 AM
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Noobie bike purchase wants your input/advice

Sorry to be one of those guys starting one of those threads but I seek your wisdom.

Iím a 41 year old string bean who is considering venturing into the mountain biking world. Iíve been a roadie on and off since 07 so while I know plenty about road cycling bikes /equipment I donít know jack about mountain gear. Iíve been on more of an off phase with biking the last year so fitness level isnít great.

Iíd like to start riding trails because my son is 11 and our weekends spent hiking are now seeking a little more adventure. Iím hesitant to take him on the road and think trails would be more fun for him anyway. He has an older front suspension trek mtb but I donít have anything to get dirty on.

looking at options Iím kinda lost where to begin. Iíd like to think my riding will be mostly tame trails with some jumps here and there. No bombing over boulders downhills or 20 foot drops happening anytime soon. Been reading up on hard tails and entry level f/s. I am the first to admit I love swag and buying cool **** is a blast.

Part of me thinks go f/s so I donít regret not going that route later on and also appreciate that it would be more forgiving on me. Iíve been steered toward a trail bike and was looking at polygons because their ads are everywhere. The d7 to t8 but am curious if this is just too much bike. From what Iíve read the t8 is a great deal spec wise. But I am sure there are varying opinions and comparable bikes from other brands. Really wouldnít want to spend more than $2500. So what would you be looking at in my shoes?

Any input or advice is much appreciated,
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Old 11-15-21, 08:24 AM
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Old 11-15-21, 11:57 AM
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Consider a Trek Top Fuel - you get pretty decent kit, 12speed Shimano, and 120mm front and rear suspension.
https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/b...?colorCode=red
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Best place to start is to talk to a local bike shop learn some of the terminology when it comes to bikes geometry and such. I looked around for a while. I found a video on youtube they did a review of several bikes. I did end up going with the Fezzari in the first review. So many great bikes out there.

https://www.vitalmtb.com/features/Vi...omparison,2793

https://www.vitalmtb.com/features/2-...ison-Test,3053

you will need to purchase a shock pump and consider looking into tubeless tires.
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Old 11-15-21, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Farby View Post
...Iím hesitant to take him on the road and think trails would be more fun... Iíd like to think my riding will be mostly tame trails with some jumps here and there. No bombing over boulders downhills or 20 foot drops happening anytime soon...
Would be nice if you'se guys could build up a couple-a Steel Gravel Bikes together...
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Old 11-15-21, 12:36 PM
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Would be nice if you'se guys could build up a couple-a Steel Gravel Bikes together...
id like to ride with the kiddo, not have him watch me get frustrated and throw tools lol.
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Old 11-15-21, 01:36 PM
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will you be riding w/ just your Son or also solo?
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Old 11-15-21, 01:40 PM
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will you be riding w/ just your Son or also solo?
Both for sure
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Both for sure
nice, get a fast one! ;-) right about age 12-13 my Son started kicking my butt at the track & on the bike
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Old 11-15-21, 04:56 PM
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OP, in addition to the suggestion of the Top Fuel by SquishyBiker, check out the Fuel EX, also by Trek. Dedicated trail bike that will be able to handle most anything you are likely to throw at it, still pedals well, and can give your son enough travel for when he starts to send it bigger - which he will. There is a broad range of sizes and build kits, with entry level models somewhere in 2.5 to 3K range if I recall. Dealer support is also easy to get, being a big brand. My sons and I have a couple different generations of them in the garage, and they have always performed well. Finding them, however, is the real trick. Have fun!
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You mention that your son has an older MTB. If you get something new and modern, it won't be long before you're on the 'older mtb' while your son is thrashing down hills on 'your' new/modern bike. Been there and done that. No regrets because the smile on his face was more than worth it! Just saying.
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Get the Specialized entry level full suspension Stumpjumper that sells for $2500. Full Suspension bikes are much more forgiving of user error or limitations. If you get a hardtail bike then have a dropper post added - you will be glad you did.

Do invest in a good mountain bike MIPS helmet and knee guards and gloves. A bad knee injury can take you out of action for several months and a broken collar bone takes 3-4 months to heal with adults.

I have found that everything I did on a road bike is the opposite on a mountain bike for the most part. A half day class would be a good investment.
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Old 11-18-21, 08:49 PM
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I've owned a Polygon T8, it was a really nice bike with good components. I didn't connect with it as much as I thought, so I sold it after awhile since it was sitting. The D7 is probably more my style, but I can't get over how it has a non boost front with a boost rear. Not a big deal for the average rider, but it bugs me.
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Old 11-19-21, 07:23 AM
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I wouldn't get full suspension. If you can find something like a Salsa Timberjack with 27.5 plus tires you will have a solid bike that will last a long time.
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If you can afford a decent FS bikeÖ. Do it. Unless your trails are really smooth.

I find HTs a blast as a way to change things up, but as a go-to bikeÖ FS for sure.

The real question is what kind of FS.
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Originally Posted by katsup View Post
I've owned a Polygon T8, it was a really nice bike with good components. I didn't connect with it as much as I thought, so I sold it after awhile since it was sitting. The D7 is probably more my style, but I can't get over how it has a non boost front with a boost rear. Not a big deal for the average rider, but it bugs me.
My Son has a Poly T7, he loves it... I'm gonna get a D7, more than enough for me ... Stepping up to the new century... from am '04 Spec Epic... LOL...
Just had a chance to ride the '21 Spec Stumpy FS Alloy - lower end model - V-Nice Bike !!! I was impressed ! It was like the bike 'disappeared' under you and all you had to do was focus on 'The ride'... Everything works so well, together...
Ride On
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