Bikes that won't drain your wallet

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    Aug 09, 2008 11:14 AM GMT
    I had this posted originaly in the cycling forum and haven't had many responses..

    I'm just getting more into mountian biking and looking for advice as far as what is a good quality starter MTB that won't drain my bank account... I figure I can get a higher end bike or add better components later if I really get addicted.

    Anyone.. Anyone.. Bueller.. Bueller..
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    Aug 09, 2008 8:14 PM GMT
    Personally, I like the Rocky Mountain Trailhead. What type of mountain biking do you think you'll be doing? downhill? Cross country? Singletrack? Are you looking full suspension? Hard Tail? Rigid?
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    Aug 10, 2008 9:40 AM GMT
    I don'think I'll need full suspension.. just the shocks on the front would work for me.. I also like the disc brakes and need something more suited to my size.
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    Aug 10, 2008 1:52 PM GMT
    Based on your height and weight, you will quickly shred most low-end mountain bikes if you ride them hard. On the other side, most racing components are designed for < 150lb people. High end is pretty much off limits as well. I know - I broke a lot of racing components in my day.

    You are looking for a mid-range hard tail with a 22" frame. New will cost you $600-$800 with disc brakes coming at the more expensive side. The disc brakes are no better at stopping than v-brakes but will be much better if you ride in muddy conditions a lot. Full suspension is nice and a lot more comfortable but a cheap FS bike will be heavier and wear out quickly, especially with your size. If you can afford a Trek Fuel (or find on used) it's a great all-mountain FS bike that comes in your size.

    You could also shop for a used bike that belonged to a wanna be weekend warrior type who just let the bike collect dust for a couple of years. Stay away from any used mountain bike that looks like it has seen regular use. All teh wear components will need to be replaced.