what kinda ridding you wanna do? if its just a commuter/lite XC bike, get one of those. but if your out to actually ride, get a different rig. Even if you suck now, by the end of summer you will defiantly be a ton better and those bikes are gonna BORE you. i would recommend getting a burly hardtail, for a number of reasons:
-a nice burly hardtail can handle everything from XC stuff, to downhill, to urban to dirt jumping to basic trials ridding. they are VERSITILE!
-a good hardtail, being ridden on challenging terrain WILL make you a way better rider (read smoother)
Also, with a couple of cheap mods, you can turn a burly hardtail into a lighter XC bike that has better geometry for climbing. a cheap stem, clipless pedals, and some XC tires will allow you to shave a ton of weight, and put you in a position better suited for XC riding.
so anyway, some bikes I would recommend:
Giant STP1 or 2 (the 3 has a crappier frame) this bike is pretty light, (and kinda flexy) and is more setup for trials and urban than DJs and freeriding. they are around 500 for the 2, and about 800 (i think) for the 1 (I HAVE RIDDEN THIS BIKE)
Iron Horse Porter- WAY sick bike. super burly, and really really stiff. it comes set up as a DJ bike, (no front brake) but it wouldnt bee to expensive to add a set of Avids (70 per wheel) this is a little pricer, but its worth the extra cash. These bikes also have E 13 chain guides, and SRAM drivetrains. SRAM stuff is way nicer than anything shimano makes (I HAVE RIDDEN THIS BIKE)
Specialized P2. yeah, these are a sick bargain. My buddy just bought one, and they are nice. Well spec’d and very burly. I like it, but not as much as the Porter. It is cheaper though (I HAVE RIDDEN THIS BIKE)
Kona Shred (or any DJ bikes) solid bikes. Konas are decent, they are fun, but pretty standard. (I have rode older versions of this bike)
Cannondale Chase These bikes are rad. They are light, very flickable, and super stiff. Spec’d decently, and a ton of fun. The geometry is dialed. ( I HAVE RIDDEN THIS BIKE)
Alright, cant think of any more bigger brands right now. If you were more experienced with bikes and had a larger budget, I would absolutely recommend a indie frame builder (there are tons) like Evil, Black Market, 241, ect. These bikes are usually sold as frames, so you need to buy parts indivually, and that gets pricy. But yeah, you are way, way better off to spend a lil more cash initially, cause you get way better parts for a ton cheaper than if you buy um afterwards. So yeah, if you have any questions about where to buy, what size you need, ect, feel free to ask!
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