Opinions on a good MTB please

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  1. I want to get fit again and thought that riding a bike is a good way to go.

    I am thinking of a mountain bike as I will only be riding on roads and light park type trails.

    My budget is up to $500.

    What should I be looking at? 2nd hand is an option also.

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  2. gescom

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    I would recommend the Avanti Blade. http://www.avanti.co.nz/bikes_detail.asp?id=137&t=6.

    Its around $500. Very nice bike, don't own one myself but saw it at a local shop recently.

    Its pretty much a mountain bike frame with gearing and flat-bar handlebars to match. Wheels are normal 700c road bike style which would fly on the road and bike paths.

    You can put mudguards and a rear rack with a pannier bag on it as well which would make it a good commuter for going to the shops, and more importantly an extra reason to get out and ride.

    Alot of older 2nd hand bikes have less gears, worn bearings and everything else and can be a bit of a nightmare. Although hard to find a good used bike will probably ride alot better than alot of el cheapo new bikes.
     
  3. On Sun, 16 Nov 2003 18:53:15 +1100, "Brenton Spear" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I want to get fit again and thought that riding a bike is a good way to go.
    >
    >I am thinking of a mountain bike as I will only be riding on roads and light park type trails.
    >
    >My budget is up to $500.
    >
    >What should I be looking at? 2nd hand is an option also.

    Just don't opt for a good looking, super cheap bike from K-Mart! Spend the whole $500 on something
    that is not junk, otherwise you will not actually want to ride the thing!

    The Avanti that Gescom recommends looks quite good. Shoguns are popular too, which means they are
    good value with bits easy to come by. Allow at least another $100 for some reasonable lights, a
    helmet, and lock.
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  4. waffle

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    if your only riding on roads and light trails i'd recommend getting a flat bar road bike rather than a mountain bike - why burden yourself with the extra weight of front suspension and a heavy frame when you don't need it. in addition to Avanti, there are a number nice Specialised products on the market at the moment, starting at around the $750 level.
     
  5. I had a look at an Avanti Escape FX today. $450.

    What are these like? I couldnt see much difference between the $50 bikes and the $600 bikes.

    What would one of these Avantis weigh?

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    <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > I would recommend the Avanti Blade. http://www.avanti.co.nz/bikes_detail.asp?id=137&t=6.
    >
    > Its around $500. Very nice bike, don't own one myself but saw it at a local shop recently.
    >
    > Its pretty much a mountain bike frame with gearing and flat-bar handlebars to match. Wheels are
    > normal 700c road bike style which would fly on the road and bike paths.
    >
    > You can put mudguards and a rear rack with a pannier bag on it as well which would make it a good
    > commuter for going to the shops, and more importantly an extra reason to get out and ride.
    >
    > Alot of older 2nd hand bikes have less gears, worn bearings and everything else and can be a bit
    > of a nightmare. Although hard to find a good used bike will probably ride alot better than alot of
    > el cheapo new bikes.
    >
    >
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  6. Boooma

    Boooma Guest

    Brenton and Group,

    Check out www.mtbr.com for reviews from all over the world regarding bikes.

    I paid $550 AUD for a 2003 Specialised Hardrock (SEE www.specialized.com) on a bargain deal with the
    LBS.Had a 1993 Specialised Hardrock for 10 years doing over 10k klm per year so wanted a bike to
    last that time again.Excellent level entry bike,looked at similiar Trek,Giant and Fuji but liked the
    look of the Hardrock and like I said got an excellent deal.

    cheers booma

    "waffle" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > if your only riding on roads and light trails i'd recommend getting a flat bar road bike rather
    > than a mountain bike - why burden yourself with the extra weight of front suspension and a heavy
    > frame when you don't need it. in addition to Avanti, there are a number nice Specialised products
    > on the market at the moment, starting at around the $750 level.
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  7. Obviously that should have been $500 and $600 bikes :)

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    Spear" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > I had a look at an Avanti Escape FX today. $450.
    >
    > What are these like? I couldnt see much difference between the $50 bikes
    and
    > the $600 bikes.
    >
    > What would one of these Avantis weigh?
    >
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    > Brenton Spear Email: brenton dot spear at defconsystems dot com Web: www.HostingLegends.com
    > Projectors: www.ProjectorSpecifications.com Radio Control Trading: www.RCTradingPost.com "gescom"
    > <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > > I would recommend the Avanti Blade. http://www.avanti.co.nz/bikes_detail.asp?id=137&t=6.
    > >
    > > Its around $500. Very nice bike, don't own one myself but saw it at a local shop recently.
    > >
    > > Its pretty much a mountain bike frame with gearing and flat-bar handlebars to match. Wheels are
    > > normal 700c road bike style which would fly on the road and bike paths.
    > >
    > > You can put mudguards and a rear rack with a pannier bag on it as well which would make it a
    > > good commuter for going to the shops, and more importantly an extra reason to get out and ride.
    > >
    > > Alot of older 2nd hand bikes have less gears, worn bearings and everything else and can be a bit
    > > of a nightmare. Although hard to find a good used bike will probably ride alot better than alot
    > > of el cheapo new bikes.
    > >
    > >
    > >
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  8. One shop said that I need a frame size of 20" and the other said 23". I am 6'1" with a long torso
    apparently. What sounds right? Do the size of the wheels make any difference?

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    Spear" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > I want to get fit again and thought that riding a bike is a good way to
    go.
    >
    > I am thinking of a mountain bike as I will only be riding on roads and
    light
    > park type trails.
    >
    > My budget is up to $500.
    >
    > What should I be looking at? 2nd hand is an option also.
    >
    > --
    > Brenton Spear Email: brenton dot spear at defconsystems dot com Web: www.HostingLegends.com
    > Projectors: www.ProjectorSpecifications.com Radio Control Trading: www.RCTradingPost.com
     
  9. ozclimber

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    I bought a Diamondback Response for $500 down from $600 which i reckon is awesome. I also have only ready great of it also.
     
  10. ozclimber

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    That should be i have only read great REVIEWS of it also..
     
  11. I looked at a Giant Farrago and took it for a ride today. Nice bike. It was ~ $620 with a helmet.
    This is a 2003 model. Is this a good bike?

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    <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > I bought a Diamondback Response for $500 down from $600 which i reckon is awesome. I also have
    > only ready great of it also.
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  12. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Brenton Spear wrote:
    > I looked at a Giant Farrago and took it for a ride today. Nice bike. It was ~ $620 with a helmet.
    > This is a 2003 model. Is this a good bike?

    Yes, but it aint an MTB. Are you in the wrong thread?
     
  13. Im pretty sure its a bike and so aus.bicycle is an appropriate place to talk about it.

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    <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Brenton Spear wrote:
    > > I looked at a Giant Farrago and took it for a ride today. Nice bike. It
    was
    > > ~ $620 with a helmet. This is a 2003 model. Is this a good bike?
    >
    > Yes, but it aint an MTB. Are you in the wrong thread?
     
  14. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Brenton Spear wrote:
    > Im pretty sure its a bike and so aus.bicycle is an appropriate place to talk about it.
    >

    I said "thread", not newsgroup. Heck, he aint even changed the subject line. Open your eyes. BTW,
    why did you put your .signature _after_ the quoted text? Really screws up the newsreader
    auto-quote-on-reply.
     
  15. BrentonSpear

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    I started the thread so Im pretty confident I am in the correct one.
     
  16. Hippy

    Hippy Guest

    "BrentonSpear" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > > I said "thread", not newsgroup. Heck, he aint even changed the
    subject
    > > line. Open your eyes. BTW, why did you put your .signature _after_
    the
    > > quoted text? Really screws up the newsreader auto-quote-on-reply.
    >
    > I started the thread so Im pretty confident I am in the correct one.

    Chill guys.. slight misunderstanding methinks. The bike is a "comfort" bike a.k.a. "hybrid", so
    technically it's not an mtb.

    When Mike said "thread", he means this particular topic of discussion, not the entire group
    'aus.bicycle'.

    To clarify, are you after a mountain bike or a hybrid, Brenton?

    The Giant Farrago you mention "looks" like an mtb due to the frame design, but actually uses 700C
    wheels, which are typical road wheels - hence the name "hybrid".

    One of these would be fine for roads and your typical council bike paths. If you wanted to do more
    bouncing around on off-road terrain, then perhaps a mountain bike with 26" wheels is more
    appropriate?

    hth hippy
     
  17. Jose Rizal

    Jose Rizal Guest

    hippy:

    > The Giant Farrago you mention "looks" like an mtb due to the frame design, but actually uses 700C
    > wheels, which are typical road wheels - hence the name "hybrid".
    >
    > One of these would be fine for roads and your typical council bike paths. If you wanted to do more
    > bouncing around on off-road terrain, then perhaps a mountain bike with 26" wheels is more
    > appropriate?

    Cyclocross events show that 700c wheels can be used just as well offroad as 26". 29" wheels are also
    now legal in MTB events (at least in USA).
     
  18. I get what Mike was saying but it started out as a MTB thread, who cares if a hybrid is mentioned.
    Its all good discussion.

    People should worry less about the correctness of peoples posts and more about offering
    constructive advice.

    Anyway I have now purchased a Giant Farrago "Hybrid" and should pick it up tomorrow.

    Enough said.
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    <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "BrentonSpear" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    > > > I said "thread", not newsgroup. Heck, he aint even changed the
    > subject
    > > > line. Open your eyes. BTW, why did you put your .signature _after_
    > the
    > > > quoted text? Really screws up the newsreader auto-quote-on-reply.
    > >
    > > I started the thread so Im pretty confident I am in the correct one.
    >
    > Chill guys.. slight misunderstanding methinks. The bike is a "comfort" bike a.k.a. "hybrid", so
    > technically it's not an mtb.
    >
    > When Mike said "thread", he means this particular topic of discussion, not the entire group
    > 'aus.bicycle'.
    >
    > To clarify, are you after a mountain bike or a hybrid, Brenton?
    >
    > The Giant Farrago you mention "looks" like an mtb due to the frame design, but actually uses 700C
    > wheels, which are typical road wheels - hence the name "hybrid".
    >
    > One of these would be fine for roads and your typical council bike paths. If you wanted to do more
    > bouncing around on off-road terrain, then perhaps a mountain bike with 26" wheels is more
    > appropriate?
    >
    > hth hippy
     
  19. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Brenton Spear wrote:
    > I get what Mike was saying but it started out as a MTB thread, who cares if a hybrid is mentioned.
    > Its all good discussion.

    Sorry, I thought you were unintentionally confusing things by bringing up a different subject in the
    discussion. I didnt realise you were the original poster, and it was just a misunderstanding of the
    term 'MTB'. I'm sure you'll be very happy with the Farrago.

    You cant really expect useful advice without saying what you intend to use the bike for.
     
  20. Hippy

    Hippy Guest

    "Jose Rizal" <[email protected]_._> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > > One of these would be fine for roads and your typical council bike paths. If you wanted to do
    > > more bouncing around on off-road terrain, then perhaps a mountain bike with 26" wheels is more
    > > appropriate?
    >
    > Cyclocross events show that 700c wheels can be used just as well
    offroad
    > as 26". 29" wheels are also now legal in MTB events (at least in
    USA).

    "Just as well"? If that's the case then why do I only see 700C wheels in CX events? Why don't the
    XC racers, the DH racers or for that matter most of the mtb riding population use 700C? I don't
    disagree with the fact that they can be used, but I don't think they are _as good_ as the
    smaller/wider wheels. That could just be mtb'ers not wanting to associate in any way with
    roadies? :)

    hippy
     
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