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Mountain bike buying advice
I'm going to be living in Aspen this summer and am looking for a mountain bike for bike trails as well to use at Snowmass bike park.
I am looking for some advice and/or recommendations as I am very new to mountain biking and all of the knowledge I have has been accumulated the last few days via google search.
I think want a full suspension bike to handle the bike park with good disc brakes and probably an aluminum body. Other than that, I'm not sure which features I should be looking for. People say you can get a better quality hard tail for less than a full suspension bike, but I'm not sure how those "higher quality" bikes would affect me.
I am 5'9" and 155 lbs.
I am looking in the $500-1200 range Trail Bikes.
Any advice, suggestions, tips, places to buy, deals, etc. would be helpful!
look at local bike exchange groups on facebook. with that range if you want anything good will probably need to go used
Pinkbike.com is a good place with some good deals.
A lot of places out west where the biking community is strong have pretty good consignment stores with good bikes for sale.
I mean, I agree, I would get a hard tail to begin with. You can get a bike with higher quality components, save money, and figure out what you want next. Also, they help you pick your line better, and teach you how to land and clear jumps.
Go into a bike shop to learn more about bikes, then just look around in local stores and on pinkbike.com for a good deal.
Check Craigslist. Your probably not going to find a lot in the used market though till late winter early spring.
Go to a bike shop now and talk to them. Let them know what your thinking and let them give you advice. Then either buy there bike or go look for something used that is similar.
If buying used 1) check all the weld points 2) spin each wheel to make sure straight and secure 3) spin wheel and pull breaks to hear for squeezing or malfunction 4) shift through all the gears 5) generally look it over. If used bike has something wrong have it get fixed before buying. Don't trust a seller that tells you "it's an easy fix, don't worry"
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