November 5, 2019 at 21:01 #290197
Hi All – i’m relatively new to mountain biking. I spent 6 weeks in NZ last year and tried a few places on rented bikes and absolutely loved it!
Now time to invest in my own bike, a beginner hardtail for around 1200$ AUD
I know you can always get a cheaper second hand model, buts its difficult where i am located. I’ve narrowed it down to two bikes, i wont post links but you can easily find the spec of either via googily woogily
The Trek is from a local shop($1200) – its last years model so down from 1400$, has 29″, RockShox air fork & some Shimano Deore components
The Polygon is from an online store($1200) – has the 27.5 + tires, again some Shimano Deore components, and looks good!
The safe option is probably the trek, considering it has slightly better spec, and i guess more versatile with the 29″ tires. but a small part of me thinks the polygon would be more fun!
November 5, 2019 at 22:54 #290199
Also – theyre both capable of taking a drop post if i ever have the need for one… or is it worth looking into the model next up with it already in the build. i.e. a trek roscoe
November 6, 2019 at 11:16 #290208
It seems like the Polygon is more comparable to the Roscoe (plus trail bikes), whereas, the X-Caliber is an XC bike. It will help the readers if you give more detail about what kind of riding you plan to do.
November 6, 2019 at 14:42 #290259
Unless you are seriously interested in XC racing, I wouldn’t buy an XC bike. The skinny tires and the twitchy geometry make for a harsh and unpleasant ride. XC bikes might be fast but they are no fun to ride. In fact, before Plusbikes were created, I wouldn’t have recommended a Hardtail ever. However, Plus tires makes riding a Hardtail bearable. Personally, I would would be looking for a 29+ hardtail with 29×2.6-3.0 tires because that is going to give you the most forgiving ride. Check out these bikes.
Marin Pine Mountain
Norco Torrent HT
The lowest priced 29+ Timberjack and Pine Mountain are very good bikes for the price. However, you will get a bike with a better drivetain and fork if you spend closer to $1700(U.S.)
If you can come up with $2100(U.S.) go for the full-sus 2020 Trek Fuel EX 5 which I think is the best budget full-sus Mountainbike you can get at that price.
November 6, 2019 at 22:54 #290305
thank you for the help and apologies for not specifying…(and also only discovered the difference in XC and trail! https://ninerbikes.com/blogs/niner-blog/do-you-ride-cross-country-or-trail-understanding-different-types-of-mountain-bike-riding)
as a beginner its unlikely i’ll be heading down steep rock faces or over any jumps above a few feet, but thats not to say i dont want to!!
At the end of the day a bikes only as good as the person on it, i want something that will allow me to enjoy & have a taste of everything. i like the flowing tracks as speed but as i get better, id like to have the confidence in a bike to handle larger jumps, steeper drops. I do like a fast flowing track but also technical obstacles. (not so much rock gardens or tree roots.)
Buying a beginner bike on budget is harder then buying a car!
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