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Hi all, I used to be a road racer 15 years ago in my college days. I am looking to get on a mountain bike for some riding mostly in my local area, which is a lot of wooded single track and potential for freeriding. I do not anticipate more than an 1 - 2 hours in the saddle at any one time. I am thinking of dual suspension mostly because the trails around here have plenty of 3D obstacles.

I have spent the past few days totally overwhelmed by the amount of product to choose from, and in many ways it seems the first bike is the most difficult because I don't *really* know what kind of riding I'll eventually do.

I have a bunch of local shops to pick from, but two that are conventient. So yesterday I stopped in at each shop and got an idea what each shop recommended. One shop (Dillon) recommended a Haro Shift R5 for my budget (I said $1000 - $1500), pricing it around $1100. The other shop recommended a Rush 600 on "sale" for another $385 more.

Like I said, I am a complete beginner but I used to work in a bike shop and I know the risk of buying a cheap bike initially and don't want to upgrade anytime soon. However $1500 is about the maximum I can afford including shoes and a helmet. Do you think either of these bikes is something that will serve me well, from just pedaling hard around the easy trails getting my fitness back to the occasional jump/downhill/dropoff on intermediate rides?

If not, any recommendations in that price range? (p.s. Links to MFR sites are helpful) We are getting close to mid-season so it seems the shops are willing to talk price, they both said they expect their '07 models in the next few weeks.

Thanks!

p.s. I *love* the lefty fork and the Made In USA on the Cannondale. Honestly, though, it seems like the same level of components on both bikes.
 

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If they are spec'ed the same (approx) I would go Rush. Then again I am biased.

Truth is you should dig up each bikes reviews in the review section, and give em a good reading.
Then you should ride both, perhaps Haro/Cdale/Haro/ and then Cdale again so you can see how YOUR going to like the bike..Maybe you can get a little off road test on each. A friend here got a Rush to demo OVER the weekend...That makes that bike shop tops in my book..
You gotta ride em and see you like em, after all your butt is gonna be plastered to them for a while.
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CdaleTony said:
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fprintf , did you demo any bikes or read up on any that interest you?
I was funnin you, we toutched on this subject beffor, dont be so emo :cornut:

Yes i have riden Cannondales, relaxxxxxxxx :D:):cool:
 

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dogonfr said:
I was funnin you, we toutched on this subject beffor, dont be so emo :cornut:

Yes i have riden Cannondales, relaxxxxxxxx :D:):cool:
Sorry
Sometimes I need just a little ;) added so i can see some sarcasm ;)
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CdaleTony said:
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fprintf , did you demo any bikes or read up on any that interest you?
I did read up on all the bikes and so far I am really torn between the Prophet, Rush by C-dale, and today I got to demo a Trek Fuel (not sure the model, probably a EX6) and a Giant Trance 3. I much preferred the Giant with the hydro disc brakes, so next weekend I am going to demo the Rush and Prophet back to back. I never realized that for two bikes so close in spec (the trek and the Giant) that there could be a feelable difference. I really hated the Trek, so now I know I need to demo a bike for 15 - 30 minutes before I'll buy it. This is why I'd not be a good candidate for an Internet purchase! :)

After demoing these other bikes I can see what more money gets you, especially in terms of weight savings and nimbleness. As long as the Rush has a compliant suspension for curbs, roots and such I think I will go with that compared to the Prophet, which is more of a freestyle bike. They are both the same money, though they seem to be quite a bit more expensive for the component groups than the Made In Taiwan competition.

It is amazing what bike shops will do to avoid selling below MSRP. No bike shop wants to do it, so they come up with all kinds of tuneup, free water bottle, referral and discount off accessories deals!
 

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Hank Freid said:
Yes PapaLegba, i agree with you that we must look at specialized before we buy.

Nice advice to all....

Thanks
Hank Freid
Digging up a 2 year old post from bellow. :crazy:

Welcome to the forums. :rockon:
 
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