Looking at giving MTBing a go

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Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby PB12IN » Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:13 pm

Hi all, I've been doing the roadie bit for a while and whilst I do love it I was out camping over the weekend and saw some guys out MTBing, and thought, that looks like alot of fun. So Been looking at an entry level Bike to see how it goes, came across this
http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /102169878
What do you think? worth it? or should I look for a hard tail, I really don't want to spend alot to start off with, (just bought a house so not alot of cash floating around)

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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby bychosis » Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:25 pm

I wouldn't spend less than 1500 on a dually. In that price range hit up a hardtail, maybe 29er.
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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby thecaptn » Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:44 pm

Yeah a cheap n nasty dually could really suck, go a hardtail.
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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby PB12IN » Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:55 pm

righto, thanks guys
should I be looking for anything in particular? disk brakes, things like that?
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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby Sweeper59 » Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:33 pm

Like PB, I have considered having a go at mountain biking, after many years of riding a road bike. I mentioned it to the owner of a LBS, and he encouraged me to have a go. In fact, he offered to lend a few bikes to myself and a couple of mates. Obviously, he is looking to make a few sales if we enjoy it, but I thought it was pretty good business - and we get to try mountain biking without having to lay out any cash.
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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby Marty Moose » Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:17 pm

Same boat I want too do the cape to cape over here in the west. Been looking at around the 3k mark.

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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby thecaptn » Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:55 pm

A good LBS should be able to lend you a demo bike for a few days so you can get a feel for it.
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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby Kenzo » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:30 pm

This looks ok.... Advert says it's a 17" frame which is actually a 'medium'.
http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /102163510
The used to retail for about $1100-1200. You may be able to get the price down to around $400.
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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby grantw » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:33 pm

I'm in a similar boat, but happily I had a reasonable hardtail (2005 Avanti Montari) already in the shed, so pumped up the tyres and went for a ride up the escarpment to Brokers Nose.

Shortly after that ride, I replaced the v brakes with hydraulic disc brakes and am now having a lot more fun. I'm looking forward to completing an audax dirt series this season and maybe have a crack at the Highland Fling next year. Offroading is certainly a nice change of pace, especially where the traffic is lyrebirds and wallabies.
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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby PB12IN » Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:24 pm

Kenzo wrote:This looks ok.... Advert says it's a 17" frame which is actually a 'medium'.
http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /102163510
The used to retail for about $1100-1200. You may be able to get the price down to around $400.


If only it was closer.
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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby mitzikatzi » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:44 pm

Marty Moose wrote:Same boat I want too do the cape to cape over here in the west. Been looking at around the 3k mark.

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The "Cape tp Cape" involves a beach leg? I wouldn't be taking an expensive bike in that race. YMMV.
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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby mitzikatzi » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:45 pm

I would pass on the Mongoose. Better ways to spend your money.
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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby Marty Moose » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:07 pm

mitzikatzi wrote:
Marty Moose wrote:Same boat I want too do the cape to cape over here in the west. Been looking at around the 3k mark.

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The "Cape tp Cape" involves a beach leg? I wouldn't be taking an expensive bike in that race. YMMV.


Just wash it after. Its pretty easy to strip it down. Much easier than stripping down a M/X bike after a salt lake section in a desert race.

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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby Kenzo » Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:00 am

PB12IN wrote:
Kenzo wrote:This looks ok.... Advert says it's a 17" frame which is actually a 'medium'.
http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /102163510
The used to retail for about $1100-1200. You may be able to get the price down to around $400.


If only it was closer.

Ahh sorry, I used the postcode in the link (within the OP) to look around in that area and a 50km spread.
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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby PB12IN » Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:07 am

Kenzo wrote:
PB12IN wrote:
Kenzo wrote:This looks ok.... Advert says it's a 17" frame which is actually a 'medium'.
http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /102163510
The used to retail for about $1100-1200. You may be able to get the price down to around $400.


If only it was closer.

Ahh sorry, I used the postcode in the link (within the OP) to look around in that area and a 50km spread.

Ahh yeh, The original add was a shop that would post antwhere for $80
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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby clackers » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:28 am

mitzikatzi wrote:
The "Cape tp Cape" involves a beach leg? I wouldn't be taking an expensive bike in that race. YMMV.


The footage looks fantastic on Cycling Central.

I mean, mud and grit also destroys your pads and drivetrain, but there's the joy of the activity, right? :grin:
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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby uglybob » Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:05 pm

mitzikatzi wrote:
Marty Moose wrote:Same boat I want too do the cape to cape over here in the west. Been looking at around the 3k mark.

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The "Cape tp Cape" involves a beach leg? I wouldn't be taking an expensive bike in that race. YMMV.


? give it a good wash and you'll be fine. there is enough else out there to damage your MTB than worrying about riding on a bit of sand.
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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby Kenzo » Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:28 pm

Ahhh - Gold Coast..
Sorry - was on Tapatalk last night and it doesn't display location stuff...

Try this one - listed a while ago so it may already be gone.. if still available - it looks like a darn good option.
http://www.mtbdirt.com.au/forum/topic/1 ... ost_302847
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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby PB12IN » Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:05 pm

I ended up getting something basic, came up as at good price. CAn't wait to get out and have some fun on it.

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Re: Looking at giving MTBing a go

Postby Ronp » Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:58 pm

hey, nice choice.
congrats on your new bike. i just baught my brother one of those a 2013 Matts 20.
They are a fantastic beginner to MTBing, a fast and handsome bike too.
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