Beginner "What bike should I get?" Thread

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Posted: Mar 1, 2019 at 18:41 Quote
Kmcbrat wrote:
Moving to Sun Peaks BC in a few months and have been looking up bikes n such for the last couple weeks. Haven’t really ever rode mountain bikes before. I’m hoping to do a mix of riding XC (to get into better shape) and start with mellow down hill single trac type trails.

I’m almost 30 and am 6’1 260ish lbs

Thinking about renting / demoing a few bikes before making any decisions

Price range would be 4-5k Canadian and if I get in to it like I hope to in a couple years have 2 bikes one for xc one for downhill bike kinda looking for a best of both worlds for a first bike
I'll sell you my Nomad for 3500 Wink Wink Wink
In all seriousness, something around the 130-160mm travel realm would be a good place to start. I wouldn't go much lower travel if you're planning on doing much dh at all, especially sun peaks. The bigger the bike, however, the harder it is to pedal around. Modern bikes are getting better all the time, but shorter travel bikes are always going to be better for xc/trail use than bigger, enduro/freeride rigs are.

Posted: Mar 10, 2019 at 0:00 Quote
I just pulled the trigger on a 2019 nukeproof scout 290 comp. I've not been on a bike for years and I hope I've made the right choice . I'll use it for work , off road and some light downhill trails with my mates nothing extreme. Fingers crossed it's the right bike for me when it arrives Tuesday :-/

Posted: Mar 10, 2019 at 17:56 Quote
I am want to buy a mtb bike and I have my eyes on these two bikes. Specialized p3 or the norco two50 2017, which can you recommend? I would perfer if you told me why and if you have rided one of these bikes or both, thanks!

Posted: Mar 10, 2019 at 18:08 Quote
Mikaryu wrote:
I am want to buy a mtb bike and I have my eyes on these two bikes. Specialized p3 or the norco one25, which can you recommend? I would perfer if you told me why and if you have rided one of these bikes or both, thanks!
Both bikes are dirt jump bikes. Excellent if you plan on doing super buffed jumps, not great for much else. A better entry level hardtail for general use would be a
Commencal Meta HT https://www.commencalcanada.com/meta-ht-am-origin-2019-c2x26305557
Kona Honzo http://www.konaworld.com/honzo.cfm
Norco Fluid HT https://www.norco.com/bikes/mountain/trail/fluid-ht-aluminum/fluid-ht-2/.

Posted: Mar 10, 2019 at 18:12 Quote
spaceofades wrote:
Mikaryu wrote:
I am want to buy a mtb bike and I have my eyes on these two bikes. Specialized p3 or the norco one25, which can you recommend? I would perfer if you told me why and if you have rided one of these bikes or both, thanks!
Both bikes are dirt jump bikes. Excellent if you plan on doing super buffed jumps, not great for much else. A better entry level hardtail for general use would be a
Commencal Meta HT https://www.commencalcanada.com/meta-ht-am-origin-2019-c2x26305557
Kona Honzo http://www.konaworld.com/honzo.cfm
Norco Fluid HT https://www.norco.com/bikes/mountain/trail/fluid-ht-aluminum/fluid-ht-2/.
Thanks for the advice, however i am
Looking for specifically dirt jump bikes.

Posted: Mar 10, 2019 at 18:14 Quote
Mikaryu wrote:
spaceofades wrote:
Mikaryu wrote:
I am want to buy a mtb bike and I have my eyes on these two bikes. Specialized p3 or the norco one25, which can you recommend? I would perfer if you told me why and if you have rided one of these bikes or both, thanks!
Both bikes are dirt jump bikes. Excellent if you plan on doing super buffed jumps, not great for much else. A better entry level hardtail for general use would be a
Commencal Meta HT https://www.commencalcanada.com/meta-ht-am-origin-2019-c2x26305557
Kona Honzo http://www.konaworld.com/honzo.cfm
Norco Fluid HT https://www.norco.com/bikes/mountain/trail/fluid-ht-aluminum/fluid-ht-2/.
Thanks for the advice, however i am
Looking for specifically dirt jump bikes.
Ah ok, you said mtb, hence the response. I for one am not knowledgeable on DJ's, sorry

Posted: Mar 10, 2019 at 18:20 Quote
Mikaryu wrote:
spaceofades wrote:
Mikaryu wrote:
I am want to buy a mtb bike and I have my eyes on these two bikes. Specialized p3 or the norco one25, which can you recommend? I would perfer if you told me why and if you have rided one of these bikes or both, thanks!
Both bikes are dirt jump bikes. Excellent if you plan on doing super buffed jumps, not great for much else. A better entry level hardtail for general use would be a
Commencal Meta HT https://www.commencalcanada.com/meta-ht-am-origin-2019-c2x26305557
Kona Honzo http://www.konaworld.com/honzo.cfm
Norco Fluid HT https://www.norco.com/bikes/mountain/trail/fluid-ht-aluminum/fluid-ht-2/.
Thanks for the advice, however i am
Looking for specifically dirt jump bikes.
I would go for the specialized. Better build quality in my experience, and you get the nice adjustable dropouts.

Posted: Mar 13, 2019 at 21:12 Quote
spaceofades wrote:
Kmcbrat wrote:
Moving to Sun Peaks BC in a few months and have been looking up bikes n such for the last couple weeks. Haven’t really ever rode mountain bikes before. I’m hoping to do a mix of riding XC (to get into better shape) and start with mellow down hill single trac type trails.

I’m almost 30 and am 6’1 260ish lbs

Thinking about renting / demoing a few bikes before making any decisions

Price range would be 4-5k Canadian and if I get in to it like I hope to in a couple years have 2 bikes one for xc one for downhill bike kinda looking for a best of both worlds for a first bike
I'll sell you my Nomad for 3500 Wink Wink Wink
In all seriousness, something around the 130-160mm travel realm would be a good place to start. I wouldn't go much lower travel if you're planning on doing much dh at all, especially sun peaks. The bigger the bike, however, the harder it is to pedal around. Modern bikes are getting better all the time, but shorter travel bikes are always going to be better for xc/trail use than bigger, enduro/freeride rigs are.


yeah talked to a couple local bike shops leaning towards an enduro bike for sure but gonna demo/rent a couple times before pulling the trigger on something

Posted: Mar 22, 2019 at 19:34 Quote
This whole working for a living thing sucks, I can't wait to get my family in BC and start riding some bikes n figure out what I wanna buy

Posted: Mar 23, 2019 at 19:41 Quote
Also pros and cons to getting a used bike
pros - price point
cons - not sure the condition also I really don't know what to look for any pointers or bring a friend who know bikes to come look at them with me.

Posted: Mar 23, 2019 at 19:59 Quote
Kmcbrat wrote:
Also pros and cons to getting a used bike
pros - price point
cons - not sure the condition also I really don't know what to look for any pointers or bring a friend who know bikes to come look at them with me.

Remove the shock and cycle the rear end to check if the bearings are shot. Also check for any linkage play while at it.
If the seller can´t provide proof of a recent suspension service (receipt from service center), consider the cost of an immediate service and factor into pricing. Most people tend to neglect suspension service and you´ll pay the price if you put another season on an allready well used, unserviced fork.
If carbon bars, check for damage and factor in buying new bars. I wouldn´t continue using carbon bars used by some other person, as you never know if torque has been exceeded at some point, making for easy cracks down the road.
Check brakes and brakepads/discs.
Check rims for dents.
Those are the most important aspects for me.

Posted: Mar 23, 2019 at 22:53 Quote
Pull the wheels off, and spin in your hands, if you feel any grit, or anything that isn't spinning well, figure a hub service too.

Posted: Apr 2, 2019 at 11:28 Quote
I want to get an agressive hardtail, and have a budget of $1200, i was looking at the db syncr, and vitus sentier vr+. What other bikes are great? I will be hiting jumps, and lots of trails. Thanks

Posted: Apr 10, 2019 at 1:35 Quote
I am looking for advice on what hardtail to get. I have my Kona process for trail and enduro riding when needed but I am kinda looking for a hardtail I can ride to work or long 70 mile canal runs, but also able to be taking on forest tracks for alternative day outs. I used to use my cube stereo hpa 120 but I got rid as was a little heavy being a full sus.

I have been looking at the Vitus Nucleus VR sitting at £500 new, is this pretty much my go to or are there others that I am overlooking,

Just curious and trying to get a general feel as there are soo many bikes out there these days to choose from.

Thanks in advance

Posted: Apr 19, 2019 at 18:25 Quote
Hello All,

Newb here, I've decided to get into mountain biking, but I haven't bought a new bike since 1993! I'm going to be riding mainly trails in the Midlands of South Carolina(single track, sand,etc.) with occasional trips to the Greenville, SC and Western NC areas.

I'm 6'2", 215lbs, 44yrs, decent shape(work out at least 3xweek). The two shops in town are a Trek and a Specialized/Santa Cruz dealers. Both shops have great reputations and have been around a long long time.

I'm leaning towards the Trek Marlin, but would want to convert the drive-train to a 1x. My budget is sub $1K for bike, gear etc...

What do y'all think a good bike for me would be given this info?


 
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