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SirSaintly
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Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
Looking to get the wife a decent entry level mountain bike. Budget is $1k and under.

I know Trek and Specialized are ok, but I'm seeing that some of the lesser known brands offer more bang for the buck with better components.

Any recommendations? I'm seeing Orbea, Haro, Kona, Giant, Marin, even Diamondback as good values.

Mostly single-track riding in La and East TX, so no actual mtns. Definitely just want a hardtail and a nimble, lightish bike.


WPsportsman
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
Get a huffy


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Yukon7
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
Best bang for your buck for a complete bike will probably be Fuji. Also check out Merlin cycles online , they usually have some pretty good deals.

Another option is to buy a frame on eBay and build up your own bike, components are pretty cheap. I would build a 1x11 for simplicity and save some money on chainset and front derailleur and will only need one shifter. I would at least price it out and see what it would cost for your LBS to build it if you ordered all the parts.


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F73ME
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
It's more work, but you can find deals on craigslist. Got an old GT LTS for 75 bucks a while back.


ducksnbass
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
My son has a DiamondBack response hardtail that's probably 10 years old now. He still rides it everyday. Mostly light trail and street but it's been a great bike. Jamis also makes good bikes for not a lot of money. I haven't been on one in years since breaking my collar bone.


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KG6
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
Check out craigslist. I got a Giant XTC Advanced 29r for $1000. That's a full carbon frame hard tail. That's like a $3000+ bike brand new. Owned by a bike shop mechanic. He built the bike up with a replacement frame he got, so it was a brand new frame. Can easily find bikes in the sub $1k range, and if you really want quality stuff, do your research and just wait. Good deals pop up (I've bought and sold several).


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BehindU
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
go to local bike shop and make sure you what size bike you need.

you can find great deals on ebay

Bike shops actually sale old inventory on ebay


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classicgold
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
Diamondback has a line of hardtails called the Hook, Line, and Sync'r. It starts with the Line as far as quality and price point and goes up to the Sync'r. You can look at those 3 and decide what you need out of a bike based on what you are willing to spend. They are meant to be simple bikes with only a single drivetrain and 10 gears.

I personally have the Sync'r due to the large upgrade in front fork, front fork travel, brakes, and shifters over the other 2. I've had the bike for about 3 years and I absolutely love it.


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BoerneAg
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
Got my fiance a GT from Dick's that would probably fit the bill. Disk breaks, good shimano components. And it was less than $400.


Gatorgar
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
It’s a bike just go to Walmart.


KG6
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
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It’s a bike just go to Walmart.


And get yourself put in the hospital. There are plenty of youtube videos of guys taking "Walmart" bikes down a trail. The bikes barely make it past one day. I have never ridden crazy stuff, but even the rooty and hilly areas north of Houston have enough features to destroy a cheap bike after a few rides. The suspension on a Walmart bike is for show. Would not trust it when needed. Are bikes overpriced.....sure. But box store bikes are not really meant for serious riding.


Jack Daniel
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
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for serious riding



Gatorgar
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
Haha you are ride a bike, not a dirt bike. Get something with a engine on it and then we can talk about durability. Kids ride pedal bikes bro.


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Chad504boy
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
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Giant


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F73ME
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
I had one of those "NEXT" bikes from Walmart in college. I broke the back axle hopping up on a curb.


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celltech1981
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
[quote]
This post was edited on 5/23 at 3:07 pm


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nvcowboyfan
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
For best bang for your buck I would figure out what size she needs then buy used on ebay/cl or if you want new bikesdirect.com has great deals


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al_cajun
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Member since Mar 2017
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
I got a Trek from 2012 that has locking shocks that I would sell you. I haven't used in 3 years probably.

ETA: trek 4 series
This post was edited on 5/23 at 6:17 pm


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Chuker
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
new bikes are like new cars, they depreciate quickly.


Try and find a used one.


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TexasTiger34
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Member since Mar 2008
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re: Mtn Bike Suggestions Needed-$1k Budget
It's always hilarious to me seeing Louisiana folk converse about mountain bikes and mountain biking

Think about that for a second.

Go to another forum. ANY other forum. This is not the place to ask these questions


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