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californiagrownBuy a used stumpjumper off of Pinkbike.com
Get a used "real" mtn bike, for the same price as a new hybrid bike and thank me later.
dootI'm looking for a solid, beginner-oriented hardtail bike under $1,000.
I've borrowed or rented bikes before, including full suspension bikes, but I want to buy a good one that will last me awhile. Obviously, at this price point, I won't get the most durable bike, but I'll settle for a solid couple years of light riding.
I'll be biking trails (not a lot of downhill) at my local state park, and am fairly sure a hardtail will be fine, at least until I get more serious.
That's about it, any recommendations?
TSBIf your going to ride park don't get a 29'r
Check out the Raleigh Tokul 2 its cross between a dirt jumper and cross country bike. You can slam the seat and have a DJ or raise it up for a XC bike. It is a very under rated bike
californiagrownHmm, I ride a 29er at whistler 10-20 days a year and race DH on it as well.
As a 1 bike quiver, I'd be hard-pressed to find a better bike... gotta remember that 29" wheels effectively add travel, and also add traction ;). Certainly depends on your size and budget though.
freewilliehow do you keep them true?