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NOTHING Sorry man... but there is nothing in that price range. I see that this is your first post. Many people on this forum have spent more than that on a wheel set alone, none the less the forks!! Save some more money, look to spend 2000 on a "decent" freeride bike.
 

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MaximusNukeage said:
What's the best freeride bike on the market today. that costs no more that $500. Not dirt jumping or BMX; Freeride.
What do you think?
old topic

u talkin frame or complete (i always get confused)

complete? go used (p1, p2, etc.)

want new? good luck
 

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NOTHING Sorry man... but there is nothing in that price range. I see that this is your first post. Many people on this forum have spent more than that on a wheel set alone, none the less the forks!! Save some more money, look to spend 2000 on a "decent" freeride bike.
ive never fallen for that bs

theres plenty of "decent" fr hts for less than 2gs
 

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I second the Haro. I rode one of the X frames and they are fun as hell to whip around. Also, I EP'ed a Haro Zero this year fully expecting the Suntour fork on the front to be craptastic, but I was pleasantly surprised. The damping feels decent, and the pre-load adjustment actually makes a noticeable difference in the feel of the fork unlike most other base-line forks. The X-1 shares this same fork so like I said I second scabrider, pony up for the grand and see if someone will throw a deal your way for a bike you can beat the hell out of.
 

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All the Specialized P bikes, lower Konas, Giant STPs, Trek Bruisers, and even Specialized Hardrocks are plenty fine for freeriding.
 

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All the Specialized P bikes, lower Konas, Giant STPs, Trek Bruisers, and even Specialized Hardrocks are plenty fine for freeriding.
I would go for a P over the hardrock, if you do get one, change the pedals, drive system, and rims(depending). I have one, sure it's a great bike but the stock sport just is breaking itself and can't handle Heavy duty riding. It's a great cheap bike for riding, not for freeride.
 

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You're gonna find nothing but junk if you think you can get a dual suspension for $500.

You could find a trail bike but deff. not a FR bike for that price.

Just go with a hardtail with a low seat.

I would do this:

Save up several hundered more dollars

Get an Azonic Steelhead frame = $150

RS Pike SL fork = $325

Find a super cheap used bike and get the seat, crankset, etc. (all the other parts) and put them on the steelhead.

You can then slowly upgrade parts as you can afford them. You can use rim brakes just fine until you can get some disc brakes.

That's really the only way you can get a decent bike for cheap and with the parts you want. Having a good frame and fork are the two main priorities, everything else should come second.

BTW, you can use the wheels and other parts from just about ANY bike out there. I went to a garage sale and bought an older trek bike for $15 and found some V-brakes for $20. I then swapped all of the parts over to my new frame and fork. It worked great and held together long enough for me to slowly upgrade every part.

The wheels and upgrade to disc brakes should be the first upgrade for a freeride rig. You can also buy several $15 bikes and keep swapping parts as they break.

Sounds ghetto, but it's the only way to do it for cheap.
 

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MaximusNukeage said:
What's the best freeride bike on the market today. that costs no more that $500. Not dirt jumping or BMX; Freeride.
What do you think?
LOL LOL ROFL ROFL :D
 

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I was looking at this really high end bike shop the other day, and I saw this awesome full suspension for $99.99. Um, I think it was called, oh what was it, oh yeah. A NEXT. Those babies are kick ass. Wal-Mart always has good bikes. Always. :D

Don't take that seriously, you're gonna need a few hundred more dollars to even begin a search for a real freeride bike. I'd say get $1000, at least, and hit up eBay. My friend just rocked a 2004 Giant DH Team with a 2003 Boxxer Team, complete bike, for $1000. That's what you need to look for, is rare, good opportunities. And a tip: Don't even bother if the auction has a reserve. If you want more tips on eBay, PM me, I'll give you some tips, but don't expect any bike to hold up to freeriding if you pay $500. And I'm assuming you mean American dollars. If it's Canadian, just get out of here. ;)
 

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there is no REAL "freeride" bike that sells for $500. or $1000. and $1500 is a HUGE stretch.

if $500 is your limit, get a BMX.

or a used hardtail from someone you know and trust who is generous with the selling price! ;)
 

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there is no REAL "freeride" bike that sells for $500. or $1000. and $1500 is a HUGE stretch.

if $500 is your limit, get a BMX.

or a used hardtail from someone you know and trust who is generous with the selling price! ;)
$1500 not enough for a dope FR bike? WTF are you smoking?

I've seen base model Kona Stinkys go brand new for just over $1500. But we all know those aren't anywhere close to a FR bike :rolleyes:

http://www.bobs-bicycles.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=detail&id=22484&product=164

The 2004 KHS FR 2000 is a good bike for the price too. I've ridden the exact same one being sold on bobs. I was impressed. It at least comes with a good fork, unlike most of the other cheaper FR bikes.
 

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yeah.....

mr plow said:
I found one!
It's the Honda HR265FS and it goes for less than $500!!!!
Now you too can be like Greg Minnaar for about a million dollars less!!!!!!! ;)
.....even Minnar's bike has that kick-ass kickstand that hangs off the rear dropout.
 

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gonzostrike said:
there is no REAL "freeride" bike that sells for $500. or $1000. and $1500 is a HUGE stretch.

if $500 is your limit, get a BMX.

or a used hardtail from someone you know and trust who is generous with the selling price! ;)
As I see it he is trying to get into freeriding. Currently he has no need for a bike that costs $1000+.

here is a cheap bike (not really freeride) but it will still take anything that a begening rider will be able to throw at it.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=98083&item=7152276123&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW
 
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