Better off getting the walmart bike.
It IS better than a FS BSO out of a department store, but not by much. Particularly the rear linkage and shock is primitive at best. IMO, that is NOT a "a decent quality MTB that will last a good while and be fun to ride out on trails." You'll only be happy with that bike as long as you avoid test riding better bikes. Whenever you're on a budget and still want good quality, "features" are your enemy. The more stuff that's on the bike, the less money there is available for each part. To have any chance of meeting your goals, forget about rear suspension.
What about something like this? http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/windsortrailfs27-full-suspension.htm
look for a used bike. Should be able to find a couple year old entry level bike $600ish new in your range. Try your local bike facebook groups.
Hello. I am looking for a decent quality MTB that will last a good while and be fun to ride out on trails. I have a road bike currently and am wanting a second bike so I can go riding on trails. I do not have too much money to spend. But I do not want to buy a crappy bike. What do you guys suggest?
I never ride down hill safely. I ride on the limit.
hard tails do train you quite well. i road one for a bit because i broke my dual. i spent more time on the front wheel than the back or both. it really trains your balance.tup
Bumped to the top. Can we get this stickied please.
Trying new lines- when you've walked down the track and found a new line that looks good hit it. If you go a bit squirrely then try it again, if it's still sketchy as after 3 tries give up and find/stick to something else and what to look for- jumps off logs and roots , for berms try the out in out method of thinking because it is waaay faster. Also random cheat lines can be a treat but make sure it's super stealthy when you hit it. Hit it once no more than twice and then do it again race run- remember the rules, stay between the tape and the rest is up to your imagination
<blockquote class="Quote" rel="chris.koehler">I disagree with the guys that say DH is unsafe. I would agree if you said it could be unsafe. In my opinion, DH is as safe as the person participating in it. I always wear appropriate protective gear and I stay away from sections or trails I dont feel comfortable in or I feel are beyond my abilities-I'm sure if more people followed just this priniciple alone we would have fewer crashes/accidents. Driving a car is inherently dangerous, skydiving is inherently dangerous, DH biking is inherently dangerous...what I mean by this is that in any of these three an individual can get hurt sometimes seriously or fatally but that does not make the activity dangerous it makes it inherently dangerous which is different. What I mean by inherent is that the danger is always underlying but can be minimized or averted most of the time if you are careful and sure in your actions-you can be the safest rider there is and you can still get hurt...however the chances of you getting hurt especially getting hurt seriously if you are safety concious are GREATLY reduced. Be a safety concious rider and you will ride longer-simple as that tup For the record I will say that I have been DH riding/racing for more than 3 years now with FR before that, I have also taken up Paragliding recently and I used to be an avid white water rafting enthusiast with a crew of experienced guys rafting all over the north east US...and not once have I broken or fractured a bone or suffered a serious injury, this is not to say it wont happen *knock on wood* but to say that I always keep safety at the forefront of what I do and try never to go way beyond my abilities or TOO far out of my comfort zone. ^ My 2 cents</blockquote> Great riders think alike!
<img src="http://forums.mtbr.com/attachments/29er-bikes/506428d1261435500-post-pictures-your-29er-img_9237_2.jpg" alt="" /> 2010 GF Hifi Plus
2013 Goblin - I started off with Midnight Metallic Black and made the switch to Quick Silver. <img src="https://us.v-cdn.net/6029426/uploads/editor/33/s1pi41qvkfbj.jpg" alt="" /> <img src="https://us.v-cdn.net/6029426/uploads/editor/5m/7a1w2vphx834.jpg" alt="" /> <img src="https://us.v-cdn.net/6029426/uploads/editor/vg/dztt8ma45vr1.jpg" alt="" />
<img src="https://us.v-cdn.net/6029426/uploads/editor/64/t4pi1vtfyisf.jpg" alt="" /> Here's mine. Just finished the build yesterday. 2011 Giant XTC 29er XT crank XT deraillerus XT brakes XT shifters XT casette Easton EC90 Seatpost Easton EA90 90mm Stem Easton EC70 Handlebar Easton EA70 Wheels Geax Saguaro TNT tubeless Eggbeater 3 pedals Niner Carbon fork
Also wonder how much of the great suspension is related to the CCDBA, and how much to the suspension design. Is it as good with a fox or X-Fusion shock on it?
I wonder if the single pivot suspension can really be as bob free as they claim. If so it seems like a winner.
I think the bike and company are awesome. I've had many discussions at races with the designer and he's got possibly the best head in the industry concerning geometry and common sense design. Especially at their price point this bike is a top contender. If you're concerned about the "modern geo" with the long front shoot him an email and he'll get you stoked on it. Also, as was mentioned above they have great customer service and infinite component and color options so you can get exactly what you want for much less $$ than if you bought a frame and built it up yourself. Also, MADE IN THE USA!
Thanks for the link StiHacka. I'll check it out. I wonder if this single pivot is as good as they make it sound. They claim no bobbing while climbing. I sent an email to Guerrilla Gravity asking a few questions, and suggesting they offer a different color. They sent me a link to their paint shop and said you could choose any color they offered. I thought that was pretty cool.
<blockquote class="Quote" rel="John.Drake">yeeeeeeyyyy Beer thanks for bringing this thread back!!</blockquote> Haha, just goes to show ya how many people missed it. Not a problem, just keep it clean and it'll be here for a while.
yeeeeeeyyyy Beer thanks for bringing this thread back!!
<blockquote class="Quote" rel="kaylee.ullom"><blockquote class="Quote" rel="chris.koehler">$2920 retail price too rich for your tastes? lol. </blockquote> That's more than I paid to build both my bikes.lol </blockquote> LOL. yeah I was gonna say. that's a nice bike Razz
<blockquote class="Quote" rel="chris.koehler">$2920 retail price too rich for your tastes? lol. </blockquote> That's more than I paid to build both my bikes.lol
$2920 retail price too rich for your tastes? lol.
<blockquote class="Quote" rel="daniel.cox">STREET! i love street, i really need to "ride" more and transport myself less. </blockquote> call me more
STREET! i love street, i really need to "ride" more and transport myself less.
after you learn 180's flat everything gets easier.
<blockquote class="Quote" rel="katie.mccann">Has anyone tried grinds? Got any advice? </blockquote> make sure your back foot is on the ledge with your front tire and hold your rear brake
Has anyone tried grinds? Got any advice?