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I have been wanting to get into mountain biking for health and fun. I ride some old treks and diamond backs that i barrow from my roommates. they are both hard tails and pretty basic bikes.

i want to get something, but im not a tight budget so i think used is my best bang for my buck. i will mostly be riding trails at he local college and similar trails. nothing major. no major jumps for me or anything.

i have been looking around and im liking the last of the years of teh trek Y frame. any input on these? bad that i have noticed is that from all of my research and minimal amount of personal experience, id really like to have disc brakes but the Y series doesnt come with them.

i am 6', 170lbs, and 21 years old. i dont plan on getting much heavier than 180, so weight shouldnt be an issue.

any help is greatly appreciated. thanks.
 

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Yesterday's junk.

I test rode a 'Y' bike back when they were new and disliked it so much I kept riding a hard-tail for another 7 years. My biggest problem with the bike was the pedal bob, which was so bad I thought I'd hitched a ride on the back of a dolphin.

But you don't need disk brakes. You could put some XT V-Brakes on the 'Y and be fine.
 

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More of a collectors item than anything. The road bike versions of the y-frame were made illegal by the UCI and a couple of other cycling bodies. Didnt stop my neighbor from buying two of them. In 2003 he won the RAAM riding a Y-bike. Pedal bob can be bad on any of the earlier FS bikes. If you want to look at something older and affordable I think Stumpjumpers and Giant NRS from 2000-2002 might be the way to go.
 

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it was late and iwas drinking, but that aside :D

i am supposed to test ride this bike today or tomorrow:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...2472&_trksid=p3907.m32&_trkparms=tab=Watching

after hearing from everyone on here i dont think i want a trek Y. it just seemed like a good buy for the money to someone who doesnt know jack about mountain biking.

why does everyone say i dont need disc brakes? when are they recommended? im big on over kill, so i usually try to go big or go home. thats usually why i spend so much whenever i do something; cars, engagement ring, etc etc.

since i dont think i want a Trek Y i want to spend the rest of the summer riding my roommates diamondback response. ill keep doing research and see what bike i wnt. i have a loan i have to pay off at the end of the summer. whenever i get all that settled ill see what my finances are like then and ill know how much money i have to work with.

i just wish there was a site where i could look up the stats on mountain bikes; prices, specs, reviews, etc. is there one?
 

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aws140 said:
it was late and iwas drinking, but that aside :D

i am supposed to test ride this bike today or tomorrow:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300239642472&_trksid=p3907.m32&_trkparms=tab%3DWatching

after hearing from everyone on here i dont think i want a trek Y. it just seemed like a good buy for the money to someone who doesnt know jack about mountain biking.

why does everyone say i dont need disc brakes? when are they recommended? im big on over kill, so i usually try to go big or go home. thats usually why i spend so much whenever i do something; cars, engagement ring, etc etc.

since i dont think i want a Trek Y i want to spend the rest of the summer riding my roommates diamondback response. ill keep doing research and see what bike i wnt. i have a loan i have to pay off at the end of the summer. whenever i get all that settled ill see what my finances are like then and ill know how much money i have to work with.

i just wish there was a site where i could look up the stats on mountain bikes; prices, specs, reviews, etc. is there one?
Good to hear I was drinking with you. :thumbsup:

Just say no the the Y-bike & keep riding your room mates bike till your ready. :thumbsup::thumbsup:

At your age your probably gona ride hard & have a blast rippin steep DH so yes you want disc brakes. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

http://www.mtbbuyersguide.com/

http://www.spadout.com/index.htm

http://www.mtbr.com/reviewscrx.aspx

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did you check the product reviews section? http://www.mtbr.com/reviewscrx.aspx

disc brakes are nice but they do add a lot to the cost of a bike. a good set of v-brakes will give you all the braking power you need and they weigh and cost a lot less than disc brakes. if you can find a good bike thats within your budget that comes with disc brakes then by all means buy it.
 

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URTS don't suffer from pedal bob, they suffer from rider bob. Unified triangles have zero chain growth, and zero torque on the drivetrain. The problem is the BB is part of the swingarm, so shifting body weight around changes the sprung/unsprung mass of the suspension. You stand and it gets stiffer in response to bumps. Any bobbing that results is from the rider who can't keep from bouncing his fat ass around the bike when he/she pedals.
 
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