Beginner "What bike should I get?" Thread

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Posted: Nov 12, 2022 at 7:05 Quote
skelsch wrote:
Hi everyone! I am new to mountain biking and I need to get a bike. My local mountain has enduro trails built, and I am currently riding my sisters Ragely Marley until she heals up from injury. I would definitely appreciate any help on the subject!

I am about 5'3 and 150 lbs, looking for a hardtail bike that has an enduro type of style.

My budget is around $1,500, and I will purchase new or used, as long as it is in good condition.

I can ride a medium frame but I am also interested in slightly larger frames so I would go up to a large max. Preferrably aluminum/steel frame material as well due to durability.

Let me know if you have any advice - for bike purchasing, trail riding advice, or just any advice you would give to a new rider. Thanks!

I'm a huge fan of the RSD Middlechild. They have a few build options, but their aluminum frame (what I ride) hits that price range. Here's a review video I made of it a couple months ago. Hope it helps!

Posted: Dec 11, 2022 at 8:43 Quote
I'm personally a big find of focusing on geometry before parts, as parts are (relatively) easy to swap, but your frame geometry isn't going anywhere. I prefer bikes that feel a bit more playful as opposed to overly fast and stable. Here's a video I made explaining my taste in geometry.

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