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  1. Jball

    Jball Newbie with Hope!

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Justin
    Current Bike:
    Schwinn Frontier
    I am currently in the market for a new bike. Not sure if the area would dictate needing a full suspension or just s hard tail. I currently don't have any so either is an upgrade i am pretty novice rider and dont want to get in an upgrade battle with myself and i do have budget restriction to around 1200 max. This is my first forum so be gentle lol
     
  2. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Welcome and good luck with your purchase! :thumbsup::cool:
     
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  3. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    No worries. Thanks for joining.
    So let me lay out there what I have available and you can make up your mind.
    I was just sharing with some friends that I am ready to sell my 2012 Yeti ASR 5c.
    • Frame Size is: Large Full Suspension all Composite Frame and Swing Arm
    • 26 Inch Wheel Size - WTB i23 Rims laced to Chris King Hubs
    • Chris King Headset
    • Upgraded Fork to 36 150mm Fox Float
    • 1X11 Transmission
    • Sram XX0 Rear Derailluer
    • Sram XX0 Grip Shift
    • Shimano XT Ice Tech Brakes
    • Composite Bars
    • Gravity Dropper Seat Post
    • WTB Saddle
    • Purchase includes brand new in the box Maxxis DHRII Tire, Schwalbe Hans Dampf, A Brand new in the Box Chris King Rear Hub Tool for a complete tear down (never been used Purchased for $180 bucks.
    Price: $1100.00
    I will post pics of it tonight if I have time.

    Why am I selling it? I have a 2018 Santa Cruz Hightower and I want to get a Hard Tail for different type of riding.

    As a starter bike there will be no reason for upgrades. This bike is the bomb.
    If you are interested let me know.

    Mikie
     
  4. Danimal

    Danimal iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    GG Trail Pistol!
    Welcome! If you try this Mtb thing, you're hooked. So watch out for the pusher man!

    @Mikie loved this bike. And I think for a first bike, not knowing what you want/need this is a pretty good first step.
    Although the wheel size isn't currently hip, everything else is Da Chit. But, willl the bike fit you? That's probably the first most important question to ask.
    Those hubs and headset alone will last until the next ice age.
     
  5. Redman

    Redman Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Cypress, Ca
    Name:
    Kevin
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Nomad CC 27.5
    Welcome NooB!!!!! buy a bike, and ride it like you stole it from Debo! Lots of good peeps on this forum, you came to the right place to get opinions.


    SHRED THE GNAR!!!
     
  6. Jball

    Jball Newbie with Hope!

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Justin
    Current Bike:
    Schwinn Frontier
     
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  7. Jball

    Jball Newbie with Hope!

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Justin
    Current Bike:
    Schwinn Frontier
    Thanks i am currently in Minnesota and have been riding but my bike is not matching. I am looking at hard tails but does full suspension work better on the trails?
     
  8. Jball

    Jball Newbie with Hope!

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Justin
    Current Bike:
    Schwinn Frontier
    Considier it shredded
     
  9. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Full suspension will provide a more comfy ride. Hard tails will climb better and pedal more efficiently. I have one of each because I like both. We have a mix of tame XC trails and technical trails. We have a lot of climbing here too. If you are used to riding a hard tail, perhaps that would suit your needs. If you've never ridden a full suspension or at least, not a modern full suspension bike, do yourself a favor and demo a few. Demo everything you are interested in. It's well worth the effort. You'll see how different bikes from different manufacturers ride and feel unique in their own ways. Don't be in a rush to make a purchase.
     
  10. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    That would depend on the trail.
     
  11. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower CC XX1
    Welcome!

    The kind of bike we would recommend will be based on the kind of riding you like to do.

    Generally speaking, the more technical rocky downhill you do, the more important having a squishy bike will be (full suspension, long travel forks, etc). The more you go in this direction, generally the heavier the bike will be (built to take some abuse) and the more difficult it will be to take it for long trail rides.

    If you prefer long paved trails by the beach, suspension will be meaningless, and you will want a bike that is effortless to pedal.

    Cross-country biking will be a little blend of both.
     
  12. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Ohhh, in that case, hard tail for sure:
    brands_1423788730_winterbike1.jpg
     
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  13. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Who Knows?
    Hard Tail or Full Suspension? Whatever you want and can afford! You can get a better quality hard tail than full sus at the same price point. Hard tails help you learn better riding habits. Almost all trails can be ridden on either, but how comfortable and how fast? Just get a bike and start riding. You will figure out what you want as you progress.

    Welcome!

    BTW - I will never buy another hard tail. But I cut my chops on a HT, and I am glad I did.
     
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  14. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    @Jball, welcome to the forum. A good place to rev up the stoke...

    Get back west ASAP, grab a used full-squish bike and start hammering your local trails. Hardtails are fun if you're young and can take a beating, but piloting your bike through hideous terrain at speed will put a smile all over your face, and that is best done with suspension. If you wanna ride "flow trails" and "XC," forget my advice. What you like to ride dictates what bike you should move toward.

    Good luck, we're here to consult.
     
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  15. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Addict

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
  16. Erckalf

    Erckalf Member

    Location:
    Anaheim hills
    Name:
    Eric
    Current Bike:
    Na
    If you dig through this forum you'll probably find a ton of answers on the few threads I started. A few months ago I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Now I'm on my second full suspension bike. Both bikes were purchased used through this forum, and my girlfriend's was as well. I wouldn't buy a used bike anywhere else because you never know how "used" a bike really is. The people on this forum are legit and trustworthy. The Motobecane I bought from Bonsainut was an excellent first bike at the right price. He spent a good 45 minutes going over the bike with me. The second bike I purchased was for my girlfriend, 2014 Giant Trance from Grego, I still can't believe the deal I got on the bike. My girlfriend loves it and she has absolutely no complaints. The 3rd bike I purchased was a Santa Cruz Bronson 2014 from stkx66. I absolutely love the bike and I think I got a wonderful deal. If my mountainbikeology of imtbtrails doesn't give you the confidence you need in purchasing a used bike here then I don't know what will.
     
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  17. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower CC XX1
    Only three bikes? Pick up the pace! :)
     
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  18. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    I know of a well-appointed medium-sized FS bike that will be hitting the IMTBT classies in the near future. Good for a person around 5-4 to 5-8 in height.
     
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  19. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Just don't post up anything for sale for a bit...
     
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  20. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    He hasn't been back since the day he joined. We already scared him off!
     
  21. Jball

    Jball Newbie with Hope!

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Justin
    Current Bike:
    Schwinn Frontier
    Sorry work got me busy
     
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  22. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Who Knows?
    No excuse! You can post while you work. I checked with your boss, it's OK! :sneaky: :whistling:
     
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