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    Quote Originally Posted by extreme minnesotan View Post
    I am also interested in getting a mountain bike. Anyone with great knowledge on brands would be great. I looked at a few and I defiantly can't afford top of the line but a good mid range to lower end is what I am looking for. Thanks
    Best advice I could offer is to save $1000 to $1500, then buy a used bike that would be $2500 to $3000 new. If you just want to pedal around town a cheap bike would do fine, bit if you are going to hit the trails for real a department store bike won't hold up very long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntwhenican View Post
    You will appreciate a good mtn bike..just like good optics...ya get what you pay for. Get a hard tail, usually easier to pedal without suspension bounce (they may have fixed that, my knowledge is about 15 years out of date)..........get good brakes - OR- go reeeellllly slooooooow coming off the hill with a loaded pack
    I second this exactly! I have an old Diamondback hard tail and it works good, I have to replace the brake pads almost every year that I pack out with it!( I'm not much for riding uphill with a pack, I do a lot of pushing that direction)

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    Ok thanks for the suggestions. I too will be spending that money on a spotter before a bike. Just for future reference to even to know what anyone thought incase I come across a steel of a deal. It seems when you are not prepared or have knowledge on an item, that's when you come across deals. I want to check some pawn shops out for spotting scopes so I thought it wouldn't hurt to know what to look for in a bike also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckink65284 View Post
    Best advice I could offer is to save $1000 to $1500, then buy a used bike that would be $2500 to $3000 new. If you just want to pedal around town a cheap bike would do fine, bit if you are going to hit the trails for real a department store bike won't hold up very long.
    Very good advice here. I actually got mine cheaper than that shopping around. My bike new was just over $2000. I paid $400 plus $125 in the bike shop for full tune. I use my bike for my work vehicle so I ride a lot. Helps keep me in shape and saves a gob of money not paying for gas in my truck!

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    Yeah Hilltop that is what I would like to do. Find a heck of a bargain and you just never know when that might be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by extreme minnesotan View Post
    Yeah Hilltop that is what I would like to do. Find a heck of a bargain and you just never know when that might be.
    Find a great frame and the other stuff really isn't that expensive. Since I bought mine, I have seen similar deals on craigslist at least a few times a year. Find a college kid that NEEDS money and has a nice bike...

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    Bike parks sell off their rentals too. The rentals are maintained meticulously by pro mechanics. Might see if their is one nearby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltop View Post
    Find a great frame and the other stuff really isn't that expensive. Since I bought mine, I have seen similar deals on craigslist at least a few times a year. Find a college kid that NEEDS money and has a nice bike...
    Haha yes thats always a great way to get a deal. I actually had a four wheeler, more of a racing model, that was for sale on and off for 2 years. I finally put "must sell need money" in the ad and got more replies in 2 weeks than I did in 2 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckink65284 View Post
    Bike parks sell off their rentals too. The rentals are maintained meticulously by pro mechanics. Might see if their is one nearby.
    I never thought of that. Thanks for the idea.

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    love the sport. just got back from a ride. I also use strava. Fun app for keeping track of stuff.
    I probably take the sport a little more serious than the average hunter. I got 5 bikes. all for different purposes.
    As far as price of bikes. you get what you pay for. And the more you ride, the more you get the prices.

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