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This may seem very quick seeing as i just got my new 2006 raineer about a week or so ago, but i am thinking of going from a hardtail to a fs bike. first i need to come cleen on some facts though, firstly, i had planned on paying for my raineer, but my parents bought it instead. so my dad is thinking of taking my raineer, and giving me the money in which it cost towards a new bike. we paid about $700 for it, so i get $700 dollars towards a new bike. I am also going to nevada soon and will make about $2000, i already have about $780 in the bank which leaves me with a total of $3480. I am also planning on buying a HD tv which will cost about $1300, so that would give me a total of $2180. i would like to have a little extra cash, so a bike for under $2000 would be ideal.

i weigh 150lbs and am about 5' 11".

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I guess I be the first to say it, since you didnt specify. What kind of riding are you planning on doing on it?
 

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¿Do you have to buy a FS bike now? If you really don't like the Rainer, then do it. But I would think you would be better by learning on this bike, and when you have more experience and more knowledge, it will make choosing a right bike easier.

Anyway, for 2000 you can choose between a lot of nice bikes. I like Specialized, but there are other options out there worth looking into.
 

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i like AM riding. I like trails that are rough, smallish drops, log and stone obstacles, and fast sections, i like very technical trails. with my raineer, i've had alot of trouble with it, such as my crank continiously coming loose which would fall off or cause ghost shifting, and chain coming off, mostly drivetrain problems. but also while riding over the rough stuff i get a sharp pain in the center of my back where my upper back meets my lower back. i've been riding almost everyday this week, and i was thinking that that was my problem. i ride with standing with my legs bent most of the time, but i still get pain.
i wont be able to buy the bike in the 2 months that im in nevada, so i guess i'll have quite some time to research.

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Firestorm450 said:
i've had alot of trouble with it, such as my crank continiously coming loose which would fall off or cause ghost shifting, and chain coming off, mostly drivetrain problems. but also while riding over the rough stuff i get a sharp pain in the center of my back where my upper back meets my lower back. i've been riding almost everyday this week, and i was thinking that that was my problem. i ride with standing with my legs bent most of the time, but i still get pain.
i wont be able to buy the bike in the 2 months that im in nevada, so i guess i'll have quite some time to research.

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A crank continuously falling off is not normal. Take the bike back to the shop and have it fixed.

While you're there, have the bike fitted. Other than the normal muscle soreness, you should not feel pain while riding.

Give the hardtail a chance. I'm upgrading to a FS next season, but starting off on a hardtail has made me a much better rider (although the guys I ride with might debate that :D )
 

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its really confusing finding all the different makes of bikes, i keep feeling that i will find a bike, get it and then find a better one that i didn't know of. is there a website that has a list of all the different bikes. like what towerhobbies.com is to rc cars, ************.com is to bikes. also i have no idea what makes one bikes componients better than any other's, so a list of companies in order of quality or a link to one would be awesome, . (this would be a great idea for a sticky in the beginners forum).

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Firestorm450 said:
its really confusing finding all the different makes of bikes, i keep feeling that i will find a bike, get it and then find a better one that i didn't know of. is there a website that has a list of all the different bikes. like what towerhobbies.com is to rc cars, ************.com is to bikes. also i have no idea what makes one bikes componients better than any other's, so a list of companies in order of quality or a link to one would be awesome, . (this would be a great idea for a sticky in the beginners forum).

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I understand you. It's something that always happens. You buy something, and see around the corner something else thats prettier, faster, better and cheaper. Don't worry about it, just find one that you like it, and don't look back.

I think that your'e in the right place. You're in the forum section, where you can ask any question. If you want to read reviews of most bikes and brands, look at the Product Review section.

In regard as what makes X component better than Y, sometimes it's a clear (an XT brake is better than a Deore brake), but sometimes it depends on what you want to use it for (for example, a XC fork vs a Downhill fork).

When looking for a new bike, this is my order of preference in regards of components:

1-Frame
2-Fork
3-Wheelset
4-Brakes
5-Drivetrain (deraileurs, shifters, chain, cassette, bottom bracket, crankset)
6-Handlebar, stem, saddle, seatpost (ok, pretty important, but they're easily changed).

Also, SRAM and Shimano are both very good. Probably SRAM might be better according to several reviews I've seen, but I think it's a matter of personal preference (both use different shifting mechanism).

Forks, I would look at Fox, Rock Shock and Marzocchi. Manitou makes good ones, but I've heard there are several lemons out there. My only experience with Manitou was a good one, though.
 

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Also, SRAM and Shimano are both very good. Probably SRAM might be better according to several reviews I've seen, but I think it's a matter of personal preference (both use different shifting mechanism).
:prft::prft::prft::prft::prft: Shimano :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
 

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I highly disagree with firestorm. Bike quality has/can have a very very large range and can be extremely biased towards one or the other: i.e.-Me with Trek/Fisher or dogonfr with ibex. Although i do agree with dogonfr on shimano, it is all a matter of preference and what kind of riding you will do, how much you want to spend, what's availible to you, etc. sooo......big list=bad.



P.S.-Shimano!!!:D
 

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i've been looking at the chumba evo, but i dont know whether the price tag of $1800 is for only the frame, or for a rideable bike. also the yeti 575 looks nice, but i think it is just out of range.
 

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