I want a mountain bike.

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For about a year, maybe a bit longer, I've been wanting a mountain bike and I think I'm ready.

I need suggestions.. Originally I was going to get a Cannondale Catalyst 3, but I didn't like the lime green. This made me look.. Looking made me do a little studying on bikes, and I think I want the Vistus 275 VR.

What do you folks think? The Vitus is more bike than I think I need as a beginner, and it's more than I wanted to spend. But it being MBR's 3x sub 500 Pound winner makes me really want it. Although I don't like the idea of not having local support (It's only available from from UK) and the price ($670 US because of shipping and exchange rate) is a bit more than I wanted to spend. The thing that stopped me was it being out of stock, when I went to order. So I guess my questions are, should I wait and get this bike or should I looks or something a bit cheaper? Dick's sporting goods has a GT for $299. The parts aren't as nice, but I'm a beginner... I don't even know if I'll enjoy riding a bike..

Sorry to ramble on... but when I ask my friends; the ones that bike tell me I need to spend a $1000 minimum to get into a decent beginner's mtb and my other friends tell me to go to Walmart. I'm so confused, my heads spinning....
 

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There are various forums on bikes, something like the DCT forum - about dashcams
Probably it is better to seek advice there, to these forums, for example, here forums.mtbr.com or here singletracks.com/forum/mountain-biking. It is unlikely that on this forum there will be many bike experts who know all their subtleties.

PS: When I want to buy a new phone and I can not choose which one suits me better, I look for a forum of experts on the phones :)
 
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Thanks.. I have looked at those sites, but most of them are such hardcore, I think they try and push people into bikes one doesn't need. I'm a beginner and haven't ridden a bike in decades.. Yes, I would buy a $2K bike, if I knew I was really going to be into it, but without knowing if I'll even enjoy riding a bike, it's hard for me to take their opinions on what to get.
 

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Forget walmart bikes. If you don't want to spend much money buy a major brand used MTB, dont go to low spec though, try to keep in the middle. I would not go full suspension (I mean, only front fork at least, no rear suspension).

I think you might find interesting used bikes, people who bought just for and never much used them
 

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Thanks.. I have looked at those sites, but most of them are such hardcore, I think they try and push people into bikes one doesn't need. I'm a beginner and haven't ridden a bike in decades.. Yes, I would buy a $2K bike, if I knew I was really going to be into it, but without knowing if I'll even enjoy riding a bike, it's hard for me to take their opinions on what to get.
Why not just tell them you are a newbie and ask for advice? People on a dedicated forum who are interested in mountain bikes should be far more able to advise you on this subject than random members of a dash cam forum. Before going "hard core" they too were new to the activity.
 

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I had a MTB but in their infancy ( in Denmark ) back in 1988 or there about, trashed it quickly - mended it, and got that stolen too.
Id like another one today. but must have electrical assist as i am barely able to deal with the walking speed of myself, it would be best if it had a compartment for my inhaler and a 10 Oz pure oxygen tank would probably be nice too.
 

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Asking for noob advice online isn't always going to get you good advice. Too many "snob" sites will tell you that you must have a certain level of equipment that's far beyond what you really need :( Kind of like some folks here on DCT who think you've got to spend $400+ to get a decent dashcam :ROFLMAO:

I'd begin with checking local bike shops to see if anyone offers mountain bike rentals in the area, or whether they can work out a method with you where you can rent a used bike from them for a weekend to see if you like it. Or spend some time at the trailhead of a nearby popular biking spot and talk to the riders directly. A more casual rider isn't going to need the best performance-grade features, but you need to know about model-specific problems so you can avoid that kind of issue. Also look at resale value in case you want something different later on ;)

A few years back I'd considered giving this a try as there are now numerous bike paths and trails locally but my health is too shot to even consider it now :cry: I don't heal as fast as I used to so the inevitable crashes would have a greater cost than I can bear these days. I hope you find something soon and enjoy it (y)

Phil
 

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Yeah its funny how the earth seem to get harder the older you get.
 

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Yeah its funny how the earth seem to get harder the older you get.
Something to do with weight! A spider can fall from any height and not get damaged, an elephant will die if it falls when it is already standing on the ground.
 

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The last bike I bought, 10-12 years ago, I bought from www.bikesdirect.com. I had an older 'hybrid' bike that was in good shape, but thought I'd get something more current. (Spent $600 on a new bike, ended up using the old beater more, but the new one is still 'pretty'.) :)

Not sure if anything has changed, but they used to sell taiwan bikes with various level of components, under old 'known' brand names. (Motobecane, Fuji, etc)
May be worth a look. They ship free, take it to a local bike shop, they'll charge a modest fee to assemble, tune, etc.
 

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I’ve been a cyclist for a long time. You do not need to spend a lot to get something really good. If you’re of average height, you may want to check out craigslist for used bikes. I’m short so I almost always need to buy new since fit is the most important factor when getting a bike that you’ll actually enjoy and use. I can second bikesdirect.com as a good source of new bikes (generally cheaper frames with pretty good components for the $). If you can, go to your local bike shop to get a general feel for what size frame and geometry you’ll be most comfortable with. You may even find a good used or close out deals there.
 

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Hehehehehe ...
I want a bike too ...

What do you want ?
What do you plan to do ?
How much abuse will it get ...

I mean you can pick up a new bike for maybe $99 , heck a few years ago some one had a $49 Deal on a MTB

I need some strength since I am Larger / Heavier than most ..
I want disc brakes , cos I remember the stuff from the 70's / 80's
Suspension forks , yeah , I also remember some of the shock transmitted from a solid frame bike ..
Im old now , and have a bad back ..
So the bike needs to be STRONG , the Brakes need to work , and the bike needs to be comfortable .
Currently , entry level that meets my needs would be around the $300+ range .

But thats just me ......

So get out some paper , and write down what you need / want ...
Then work out what bike meets your needs ...
Then go to a bike shop and do some test rides ( they should let you test ride )
After checking out a few bikes , you makes an educated purchase ( hopefully )
 

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My MTB back then was about 700 USD and so fairly cheap bicycle, my last race bike build in parts with the things not ruined by getting run over a truck, well it set me back around 1600 USD, and really that was cheap frame + pedals + F&R hubs and rims + saddle + handlebar ( triathlon styled )
Back then around 1988 you could easy spend the 1600USD on just a frame if you wanted to, but i was unemployed at the time so i had to go cheap.
Most of the stuff i had + got was Campagnolo which i have had on most of my race bikes since i was 11 Yo.
 

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Last bike I had , was $350ish / was discounted ( 50% ) .. 1983 ish ( old stock maybe )
Was a middle of the road brand , Shimano everything if mem serves ..
Was a nice bike , could lift it with one finger .
 

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