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Is this a good bike for someone getting into the sport? What should be replaced? I worry about the shock and brakes based on reviews.
 

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35 lbs is a little heavy for pedaling (to some a lot heavy) The spec is decent. Looks like a knock off of a TNT Turner - which is a great bike.
Juicy three is a low end brake. I haven't heard anything good about them. I don't know much about the shock.
My advice would be to get a bike that has parts that you are comfortable riding, not one that you feel inclined to swap parts. I also like to deal with bike shops. People that I know and trust. Why not take a look around your area and see what is going on?
Whatever you do, good luck and have fun.
 

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how tall are you? the GT Force is on sale at REI but sizes are limited. Pretty good bke from what I've heard?
 

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GT Force kicks ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love mine...... only thing that i would reccomend is not spending 1000 dollars or more if you just getting into it unless u are for sure going to ride a ton. i would reccomend something 500 or less...... but if u have the money go for it and i dont want to change your decision. i have heard good things about the sette flite so yea. but def. check out the force!!
 

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Its not that bad...

as long as you understand the design of that bike is 6" travel for some fairly aggressive riding on trails, so if you're just starting, this is a bit much IMHO. and it's a bit heavy too.

You don't say how you ride or what you need to look at, so it's not possible to make any concrete recommendations.

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as long as you understand the design of that bike is 6" travel for some fairly aggressive riding on trails, so if you're just starting, this is a bit much IMHO. and it's a bit heavy too.

You don't say how you ride or what you need to look at, so it's not possible to make any concrete recommendations.

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Heavy for a XC Bike yes, but pretty normal or even light for a All Mountain Bike which is what it is.
 

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Um, no.

I have one of the heaviest AM rides made, and it's 33.44lbs. My Trail bike is 4 years old now and with 4.75: travel, it's 28lbs. New ones for 2010 are even lighter.

To suggest a newbie get a 6" travel, 35 pounder simply isn't good advice; however, we're still waiting for the OP to post how he rides and skill levels and intended use.

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I live in Pensacola, Florida so the riding isn't to intense. The biggest drop I have ever seen is probably about 10 feet, I am looking at the Jamis Parker if you say this is too much for a noob.
 

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I have a GT Force 3.0 and love the thing. I keep upgrading. You are getting a great frame to build on over time. The frame is just under 8lbs

Performance has this bike as a closeout for $1099.
 

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get the parker.... a little heavy but if u really get serious u can drop the weight 6lbs with better components. i was looking at that too before i decided to go big and buy the force 2.0 so i wouldnt have to upgrade unless something breaks :) i say go for it. :thumbsup:
 

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Why?

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There is a whole beginner forum dedicated to questions like this, its probably a better place to start.
He's admitted a noob that wants to get an all mtn rig. Why not ask here. Seems reasonable to me.....
 

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I live in Pensacola, Florida so the riding isn't to intense. The biggest drop I have ever seen is probably about 10 feet, I am looking at the Jamis Parker if you say this is too much for a noob.
10' drop demands a FR bike, a whole new horizon and many more $ to ensure safety, fun, and that the bike won't break when you have touchdown. Forks and shocks are also paramount in ensuring good handling, driving the price up also.

Example: good top rated trail bike is the Giant Trance X4 @ $1400+, good for 3-4 drops to transition (not flats). a good top rated FR bike like the giant Reign X2 is $2250 and will accommodate the larger drops, again...to transition, not flat landings.

I'm not sure where you're headed here, but 10' means AM bikes are out. Would you consider a good trail ride or AM bike and rental of FR when you need it? There's no "do it all" bike out there really, but the mfrs are trying to find a design that works.

Hope this helps, Jim

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I dont think he was saying hes about to go fling himself off of a 10' drop, hes admitted hes a noob and that the riding in the area isn't that intense. By the time he is able to hit a 10' drop he will likely want to move on to a new bike at that point anyways. Everyone also is assuming he wants to do am riding but he has not said that anywhere hence why I pointed him in the direction of the beginner forum where I checked yesterday and saw 3-4 brand new threads asking the same exact thing. You should just get a solid hardtail right now so you dont get in over your head with a $2000+ bike just to find out you dont like mtbing.
 

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personally not trying to be mean but i dont care if u wanted to do free ride....your just getting into the sport and if u buy a 1000 dollar and up bike u will be very dissapointed if u find out that u dont like it as much as u anticipated....just buy a descent hardtail and if u decide to get into it then upgrade to a better bike.....or as i said before the jamis parker 1 on jensonusa.com is only 800 so if u really think that your going to ride and like it then go for that one. its an amazing deal for what u get.....and that bike can be upgraded to be pretty damn good.

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/BI290B01-Jamis+Parker+10+Bike+2008.aspx
 
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