Buying a new Hardtail Mountain Bike

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Buying a new Hardtail Mountain Bike

Postby Jibblet » Sun Feb 11, 2007 12:56 pm

Ok, ill start off by sayin im fairly new to all the brand names out on the market today. The only bike i had previously owned was a crappy kiddies Huffy which i bought at good old K'mart, but now its new small and i'd also partly like to have a semi decent bike. Its been a while since ive ridden, i usually go around on my mates womens mountain bike :(, but hey at least its a bike right. Anyway budget preferably is $400-500 bucks but i could go a little higher.

I live in gympie (near brisbane) and Local shops that i know of stock Diamondback, Redline, Giant, GT, Mongoose(told they are made from cheap parts), and Malvern Star. There is also a place about an hour away down at kawana, They stock Avanti(decent price), Relieigh, Specialized and Scott.

I preffer to steer clear of giants cause a: I want a unique bike from all the guys round my town, and b: In my eyes, Diamondback, GT, Malvern Star and Avanti look better. One other brand i like is Norco but i dont know of any shops who stock em.

I basically ride on roads path etc but i want the option to go offroad a lil, and its not like i will be bashing the thing to buggery. And last question is it worth me getting disc breaks with it or just getting v-breaks and better forks etc(after all i could probably buy a kiy of ebay and put it on later down the track). Any other brands,models, recommendations or tips would be greatly apreciated.
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by BNA » Sun Feb 11, 2007 1:16 pm


Postby Jibblet » Sun Feb 11, 2007 1:16 pm

Updated Model List:(bike marked with * are the bikes i currently preffer)
Avanti Escape $450*
Avant Blackthunder $399
Norco Mountaineer 07 $513*(can get the 06 model for $400 from riders) ... =1&deets=1
Diamondback Outlook 07 $430 ... itemid=223
Malvern Star Rocktrail $500, Malvern Star Hurricane $380*
Schwinn Mesa 07 Hardtail $450* ... php?id=762
Gary Fisher Advance $500 ... ke=Advance
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