JackRabbitSlims wrote:some more details will help with a more refined answer
how tall are you - 5'9
weight - 145lbs
how often will you mtb ride realistically - once, maybe twice a week.
whats your top end budget - let's say under $1000
have you got a lbs close by with a good bike selection available - yes
have you looked at anything yet or ridden anything you like - no
some details would help out
i don't know what mid west type trails are - not mountain trails, mostly woods
Son of Amsterhammer wrote:I recently did some very short easy trails (on a Hybrid bike!!) and enjoyed it.
If someone brand new to trail riding wanted to take the plunge and purchase a bike, what is the minimum in specs/parts/$$ you'd advise?
I'm not heavy. I'm in good shape. The type of trails I'd be looking at riding are Mid-west type trails, not big mountain/downhill type trails (though I'd do that if I could!!). I probably wouldn't be able to ride as often as I'd like, because I'm pretty busy!!
Thanks in advance!
Son of Amsterhammer wrote:Or this one? Might be even better??
Son of Amsterhammer wrote:Pulled the trigger on the Cook. It was such a great deal when you factor in the $180 store credit as well. A knowledgeable friend advised me that the frame isn't a big deal as they all come from China anyway and it'd be the last thing to break. That made sense to me. Hopefully that doesn't' come back to bite me.
I'm extremely excited to start hitting the trails. I'm not sure when that'll be though, to be honest. It's going to rain for days here and it'll start getting really cold soon too. Not the best time of year to buy a bike really, but hopefully I'll be able to get some runs in before the weather get's too cold.
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