Hardtail in 800 range

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    • #91600

      Hello new member. I have been mountain biking with a big box store bike on and off the road and would like to purchase a new bike in the Spring 2011. I want to stick with a hardtail, I intend to ride singletrack,XC, and occasionally downhill. Although I don’t forsee making 6′ jumps with the bike there are occasions when I may have to drop off a ledge on a trail,etc and I don’t want a bike that will need constant attention. I have tried Specialized,Marin,GT, Trek and to me they pretty much felt the same. I want disc brakes and a bike with decent components that won’t need upgrading within a month of using it I am 5’7" 200# 40 yrs old. What bike would you recommend I look into????

    • #91601

      Is it right to assume when you say "new in Spring 2011", you intend to buy a 2011 model, or do you just mean "new" to you? I have an ’09 Gary Fisher Marlin (which I later put BB7 disc brakes on) and I absolutely love it. You surely wouldn’t have to upgrade any of the parts within the first month (or year, for that matter). I’ve had mine for almost 2 years and the only replacements I’ve made were purely by choice rather than necessity. The only other manuf’s that I test rode when I was bike shopping were Cannondale (F5) and Raleigh (Mojave 8.0). I liked the cannondale a lot, but there was something about the Fisher that just felt better to me. Anyways, hope this at least provides some insight. I know there are folks on these forums with much more experience & knowledge than myself, so hopefully they can shed some light as well. Good luck!

    • #91602

      http://villagecycle.com/product/10-trek … 9346-1.htm I have a Trek 6500 I was gonna buy the 6000 But i shelled out the extra $200 for the 6500 IMO very nice bikes.

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