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Old 05-03-2005, 12:27 PM   #16
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Looking into buying a mountain bike, what brands should i look at? I found a nice Mangoose mountain bike, and GT... decent price too.. what would you suggest?
There are so many types of bike, depending on the type of riding you do, I have 3 Specialized bikes, and 1 Porn King, I need to unload the Specialized hardtail if you are interested it has very little use, this bike can dual purpose as a XC and light free riding, its essentially a P3 frame but with a better metal matrix. This bike weighs about 22lbs. I bought this new in 2003 from Dukes Cycle, if you like what you see you can email me at mogiemo@hotmail.com I bought this bike for about $2400, was for my wife, she never rides it so, its up for sale.

Here are the specs:

Brand Specialized size small
Component Group Mountain Mix
Fork Rock Shox Pyslo Race
Frame Material Aluminum
Hubs Specialized STOUT
Rims Mavic X317 Disc
Suspension Front Suspension
Tires Front: 26 x 2.10" Specialized S-Works Team Control SL, Rear: 26 x 1.90" Specialized S-Works Team Master
Type Mountain
General Information
Colors Black
Model Enduro Pro HT
Suggested Retail Price 2380.00
Weight Unspecified
Year 2001
Brakes
Brake Levers Hayes Hydraulic Disc
Brakeset Hayes Hydraulic Disc brakes, Hayes Hydraulic Disc levers
Front Brake Hayes Hydraulic Disc
Front Brake Lever Hayes Hydraulic Disc
Rear Brake Hayes Hydraulic Disc
Rear Brake Lever Hayes Hydraulic Disc
Components
Bottom Bracket Shimano BB-ES70
Bottom Bracket Shell Width Unspecified
Bottom Bracket Spindle Length Unspecified
Chain Shimano
Chain Size 1/2 x 3/32"
Chainrings 22/32/44
Crankset Specialized Strong Arm 2 Pro, 22/32/44 teeth
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Front Derailleur Type Unspecified
Handlebar Specialized aluminum
Handlebar Extensions Not included
Handlebar Stem Specialized riser
Head Tube Angle Unspecified
Headset 1 1/8" threadless Tange Seiki
Headset Diameter 1 1/8" threadless
Largest Rear Cog 34
Number of Rear Cogs 9-speed
Pedals Time ATAC Classic
Rear Cogs 9-speed, 11 - 34 teeth
Rear Derailleur Shimano XTR SGS
Rear Shock Not applicable
Rear Shock Travel Not applicable
Saddle Specialized Body Geometry Pro Leather
Seat Post Diameter 27.2mm
Seat Tube Angle Unspecified
Seatpost Rock Shox Suspension, 27.2mm diameter
Shift Levers Shimano Deore XT RapidFire SL
Smallest Rear Cog 11
Fork and Suspension
Fork Crown triple-clamp
Fork Material aluminum/magnesium, triple-clamp crown
Fork Travel Unspecified
Frame
Frame Angles Unspecified
Frame Construction TIG-welded
Frame Tubing Material Specialized A1 aluminum
Geometry
Chainstay Length Unspecified
Fork Rake Unspecified
Top Tube Length Unspecified
Wheelbase Unspecified
Wheels and Hubs
Front Hub Specialized STOUT
Front Rim Mavic X317 Disc
Front Tire Specialized S-Works Team Control SL
Front Tire Size 26 x 2.10"
Rear Hub Specialized STOUT
Rear Rim Mavic X317 Disc
Rear Tire Specialized S-Works Team Master
Rear Tire Size 26 x 1.90"
Spoke Brand DT stainless steel, 1.8mm straight gauge
Spoke Gauge 1.8mm
Spoke Holes 32-hole
Spoke Material stainless steel
Spoke Nipples brass nipples
Spoke Type straight gauge
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Old 05-03-2005, 12:57 PM   #17
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, and 1 Porn King,
you got a porn king...lets see that beast!!!!!
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Old 05-03-2005, 03:40 PM   #18
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Im looking for one just to ride along, and for cross country, and not willing to spend more then 700 bucks.
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Old 05-03-2005, 05:40 PM   #19
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Honestly, go to a decent bike shop and talk to a sales person, there are plenty in the GTA. For $700, don't get one with rear suspension, or disc brakes. $700 is pretty much an entry level mountain bike. Basically you want to get the best value you can find, getting discs or rear suspension sure looks good, but it'll cut into the value of the rear of the components.

Actually go to more then one shop, they'll be more then happy to inform you on how to spend your money. And ask a lot of questions.

And more importantly, get a bike that fits you, like if you're 6" tall, don't get conned into a 16" frame, especially if it's just for leisurely riding. Sure, I'm 6'4" and two of my bikes are 12.5" frames, but they're for totally different purposes then just cruising the trails.

Also, the GT line is isn't that bad, but unless you're ready to spend a lot of money to get into their higher end stuff, I'd look elsewhere. That said I do own three GT's and have has no real issues with them. For that price, look for something like a Norco, they're low end bikes are usually half decent, I worked at a Norco dealer for like 4 years. For the most part, a $700 mountain bike is a $700 mountain bike no matter what brand you go with (for the most part).

Just remember, like I said, $700 is entry level, don't get a bike with frills, get one that fits, and don't leave the shop without a helmet, especially if you're riding the trails, no matter how tame they are.
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Old 05-03-2005, 11:50 PM   #20
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Im looking for one just to ride along, and for cross country, and not willing to spend more then 700 bucks.

LOL then I think mine is outta the question! True Thinair is right just find a bike that will suit your purpose. No need to spend thousands on a rig, if you are going to use if you are just putting about. I just bought my son a Gary Fisher OPIE, decent bike for very little money $500.00, my son's 9 and he's riding this one everyday. Its also very upgradeable, thats also something to think about. Once my son gets better, I plan to give him disc brakes, and a better front fork. But for now this will suit him well. Good luck on your hunt. You can try Dukes, Cycle Solutions. 2 Excellent stores that I have dealt with in downtown T.O. You will definately find a bike for $700, perhaps taxes in too.
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Old 05-04-2005, 12:32 AM   #21
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Old 05-04-2005, 04:05 AM   #22
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wow, very nice

how do those rock shox psylos treat you?, i have friends that curse long-travel single-crown forks, personally i ride XC so my knowledge of all things other is a little bit skewed
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Old 05-04-2005, 11:34 AM   #23
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AMG I worked at a bike store for years... so basically the only brands you should concider seeing as i know you got the cash... Kona, Jamis, Brody, Marin, those are the bikes of bikes.. depends what you need it for... road, off road, downhill, tiny trials... you really honestly need to test ride and find a bike for yourself... never buy a bike off someone else, cause its setup for them. youlll want somthing with clearance so your not bagging yourself on every jump and what not.
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700 bucks.. is a fair amount for a hardtail... like i said anything marin kona or jamis.. brody's good to
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Old 05-04-2005, 12:34 PM   #25
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I don't know much about bikes but a good friend of mine who is a very good rider is in love with his Cannondale. But I understand they can get pricey, like high 4 figures.
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cannondale is a status piece.. they havnt built i good bike since like 1996
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Old 05-04-2005, 02:17 PM   #27
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If you are just tooling around or light off-roading save your $$$ for your car. Goto www.sportchek.ca and Get a BRAND new Nakamura dual-suspension bike for a dirt cheap. Sure the ride is super soft but the one I used to have was great for light off-roading, awesome for wheelies, and a good all-aroudn cruiser.

http://www.sportchek.ca/product_desc...cCategory=true

Can't go wrong! Now if you are Mr. Hard core rider well than its a different story but these are great lil bikes.
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ok... anything dual suspension should cost minimum 700 if it costs less you have a piece of shit with 1-2 inches of travel,and itll be heavy enough to make you not want to ride it.
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Old 05-04-2005, 06:05 PM   #29
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wow, very nice

how do those rock shox psylos treat you?, i have friends that curse long-travel single-crown forks, personally i ride XC so my knowledge of all things other is a little bit skewed

Psylos are very nice that particular Psylo SL is height adjustable 85-125MM also has a lock out for urban stunts and what not- this fork is very underated but is slowly gaining as a urban fork to use - especially since they are reasonable priced too , the one on my Porn King has a Heavy Duty spring changes the characteristics. They are very light too, I have a Psylo Race on my XC bike. My Big Hit has a Marz 66RC 170MM NOW THIS IS A FORK!!! It a single crown long travel fork, which is a mini 888RC very adjustable, very responsive. Squish Squish.......
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Old 05-04-2005, 08:57 PM   #30
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amg_power definetly check out kona and norco, a good shop to start at in the gta is cycle solutions ( http://www.cycle-solutions.com/ ). or if you want to just go to a sports store, check out sport chek and look at some of the iron horses. $700 is a good place to start, but in all honesty if you hit the thousand dollar price mark the world of bikes opens up entirely, its amazing the difference that 300 can buy you.
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