First MTB for a newbie

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by luciphear, Feb 16, 2004.

  1. luciphear

    luciphear New Member

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    Hi there, it's my first post here and I just recently got into the MTB scene. I won't be riding frequently, just every couple of weekends on trails and such, and I have narrowed down my choice to 3 bikes.

    1: Mongoose Rockadile ALD '03 (27lbs) - $315
    The Mongoose Rockadile ALD mountain bike for men combines Shimano Acera derailleurs and Shimano EF-29 EZ-Fire shifters for easy and reliable gear changes while you ride the trail. Promax MGD 4.0 mechanical brakes offers strong stopping power and a MOZO USA R-120A alloy suspension fork with 76mm travel provides increases handling and shock absorption. This bike comes equipped with Kenda Koyote tires on Alex SCE-17 alloy rims.

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    2: Mongoose Rockadile ALD '04 (27lbs?) - $400
    6061 Alloy Hardtail Frame w/ Disc Brake Mount, Zero Stack Headset MOZO USA Vibe-R Suspension Fork w/ 76mm Travel, Preload Adjust Shimano Acera 24-Spd Drivetrain w/ EF-35 Shifters; TruVativ ISO-Flow Crankset Tektro IO Mechanical Disc Brakes Alex Rims w/ Formula/Shimano Disc Hubs; Kenda Koyote 1.95” Tires

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    3: Giant Yukon '04 (? lbs) - $500
    frame Supersized ALUXX butted aluminum, w/intergrated gusset, disc brake mount

    fork SR/Suntour XC75 Magnesium suspension w/pre-load adjustment

    derailleur Front: Shimano Acera, Rear: Shimano Alivio

    derailleurshifters Shimano EF-29, 8-speed
    cranks Giant, 22/32/42T

    pedals Steel w/ resin body

    handlebar Alloy 1.25" riser

    stem Alloy 1 1/8 Ahead, 25 degree rise

    headset Ahead 1 1/8

    brakes Hayes HMX-2 Disc, 6" rotors

    saddle Giant Groove Plus, VARIABLE-DENSITY MTB with Kevlar bumpers

    seatpost Alloy micro-adjust, 27.2, QR Seat lever

    rims Alloy, 32H doublewall, black w/ brushed sidewall

    hubs Alloy, QR, 32H, double seals

    tires WTB Weirwolf 26x2.0

    cassette Shimano 11-30T, 8 speed

    I'm leaning towards the Rockadile '03 simply because it's the cheapest and I think the '04 isn't worth the extra $85 for newer components or the $185 for the Giant with the more widely known name brands. Any suggestions are appreciated.
     
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  2. Ghr7891

    Ghr7891 New Member

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    I'd go with the gt, while I havn't ridden one I have heard good things. You should also check out raleighs they usually make good beginner bikes.
     
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