Buying my first mountain bike

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by sammyj, Mar 6, 2004.

  1. sammyj

    sammyj New Member

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    I am looking at buying my very first mountain bike, and was just wanting some opinions on the bikes I am looking at.

    I would be doing both onroad and off road riding.

    I am currently looking at either a Shogun Trail Breaker 2 or Avanti Ridge Rider or Avanti Ventura. I have plans to test ride these but am wondering if anyone has some definate ideas about the brands and value for money etc.

    Oh and my budget is to around $800.
     
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  2. Duckwah

    Duckwah New Member

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    I'd stay away from shogun, they haven't produced anything memorable for ages and are really only a step up from a budget bike

    For $800 you should look at Giant, Merida, Avanti and Norco bikes.

    I'd look for a lightly used second hand bike, there are heaps around and you could easily pick up something thats barely been used for a 30-40% discount.

    $1000 is where "seriou" MTBs start so if you buy a newish bike secondhand then you will have something pretty competent for off road wheras a brand new $800 bike could be a bit heavy or underspecced for serious riding.

    just try and get someone who knows bikes to go along and check out the bikes with you
     
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