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Hi, I'm a 14 year old boy looking to get my first real mountain bike. Do you have any sugestions my budget is around $2500. I'm starting to race XC so I was thinking a Giant NRS2 or a Giant VT3. Help would be nice thanks.
 

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xcmtb200 said:
Hi, I'm a 14 year old boy looking to get my first real mountain bike. Do you have any sugestions my budget is around $2500. I'm starting to race XC so I was thinking a Giant NRS2 or a Giant VT3. Help would be nice thanks.
For racing I would the NRS. But if you like to do drops, jumps and what not while your not racing, then the VT will be a better investment as it will stand up to more.
The only things holding the VT back from being a XC racer is the bob while sprinting and the weight, other then that it is awesome!
BTW, I ride a done up 2004 XTC2.
 

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Where does a 14yr old get $2500 ??????????

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Hi, I'm a 14 year old boy looking to get my first real mountain bike. Do you have any sugestions my budget is around $2500. I'm starting to race XC so I was thinking a Giant NRS2 or a Giant VT3. Help would be nice thanks.
Man, at 14 i was still whacking-off to the underwear catalogue from K-mart.
Seriously at 14 you are still growing and dropping $2500 on a bike is a big investment. I agree with what bikefreak said, those are some pretty sweet bikes. Don't forget that most of the bike companies are releasing their 2005 stuff now and the 2004 stuff will be had for bargain prices. Another thought is a sweet hardtail, e.g. Giant xtc2, Kona Kula, Specialised, blah, blah, blah. Have you thought that you might like XC now but in a years time you might want to freeride, downhill, dirt jump or shave your balls and become a porn star? It's like looking at that girl in your year level and thinking "yeah she's cute", then seeing her a year later and thinking "what the fcuk was i thinking" (yes that is what we call an analogy!). So to sum it all up, ummmmmmm i've forgotten.

Aussie.........
 

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For free riding i'm going to buy a biger fork for the bike that i have now. A Schwinn Frontier FS AL.It was a b'day present. I'm thinkind the new Fox 36 fork? Coments
 

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For free riding i'm going to buy a biger fork for the bike that i have now. A Schwinn Frontier FS AL.It was a b'day present. I'm thinkind the new Fox 36 fork? Coments
First of All.. I'm only 15. I got my XTC2 for my 15birthday, my parents gave me about 10% into the bike and I had ot save for about a year ot get it. So it is possible for some 14 year olds to get pricey bikes. I have friends that have been given 3grand+ bikes straight from their parents just cause they wanted a bike(yes it's not fair).
Alright, sencondly, your asking for a death wish by using the swchinn for freeride. Yes you cna use it, yes it will break eventually and no, you should not put any money into it. Getting a Fox 36 would look plain stupid IMO.

Sounds to me like you should possibly get even the New 2005 NRS3(1650 bucks!), yes they are out in shops now! And then buy something like a Giant STP with the money you saved for freeriding and all:)
Just my opinion. That way if you decided racing sint' for you, then you haven't blown all your money.
If you choose XC is for you! Well then you have a NRS and can upgrade all you like(same frame as above models).
Just curious... any pics of that schwinn of yours? Just want to see what bike you were talking about:)
 

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This is a Schwinn Frontier FS AL

RST 191 CL, TIG Hi Ten lowers, coil spring w/ friction damping. 76mm travel.
Add Fox 36, WTF? 76mm to 110mm-150mm travel. The headtube junction will explode! ;-)

You need to be one porky 14 year old to need a 36. (no offence, if applicable)

2 1/2 grand for your 1st real MTB!
$2500 can get a lot of bang for buck.
I only manage to get my has on my current ride, 2001 Avanti Ventura with a RockShox Judy XC in total for $1000.

I'm with Aussie'SS' on this one, it's not really worth 2005 stock unless it's a major mechnical upgrade. You can easily save $500 in your price range on 2004 stock because you don't need new stickers.

Let's see, reputable entry level full-susser or pimping hardtail?
So called "freeride" or XC?, what's your gear?.
Turn out at a local race, DH, 4X or XC and ask nicely for a ride. Just bring your helmet/s, shoe/s and gloves and parents for transport.
Full-sus DH/FR, burly FR hardtail, DJ hardtail, XC full-susser, XC hardtail; get a good feel for your riding style.

A few Value-Performance brands: Giant, Jamis, Kona, Specialised, Avanti, Ironhorse, etc...

Don't forget about steel, steel-is-real, don't underrate steel because it's used on most low-end bikes.
People still like making steel XC hardtails.
Jamis Dakota XC: https://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/04_dakotaxc.html

Or maybe singlespeed...
https://www.konaworld.com/kw_index.cfm
Kona Unit, oh so sexy OX Platinium tubing. Ride singlespeeds and hell, you might love it and not go back!
 

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Im not a big fan of the NRS as I like fully active suspension, and my theory is if you are going to drag the extra weight around you might as well be using it all the time. But try and ride as many types as you can and decide for yourself which you like- Specialized and Kona make some nice active designs. The NRS (and Giants in general) are certainly good value for money and you should be able to pick up a 2004 model at a good price.

If you are serious about the XC racing, try and get some slick tires (the narrower the faster)and a floor pump so you can hit the road to get really fit- if you have a road bike even better but I dont beleive they are neccessary to achieve XC fitness (having owned one myself). Ride defensively when on the road and best of luck!
 

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I have a feeling you don't freeride per se, and thus will not require the likes of the Fox as discussed above.

The NRS is a fine bike, IMHO I don't see any attraction with the VT but nonetheless it is still a good bike. I would be partial to the NRS for a number of reasons. Whilst it is not the plushest bike, it isn't super heavy either and it also offers reasonable comfort on rough trails and depending on what sort of riding you do or intend to do it will probably be enough suspension wise.

At 14 you probably wont need/require or notice a little bit of bob between the likes of the NRS and the VT. When you get as fast as the big names then you can start worrying about bob. But for what it is worth, I do think more active designs are worth a look at. They provide great comfort and good stability and a nice plush feeling when the going gets rough, plus with the likes of stable platform shocks average or less efficient suspension designs ride great.
 

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My friend recomended a Specialized StumpJumper or Enduro. Are these out of my budget, and are they worth it?
 

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My friend recomended a Specialized StumpJumper or Enduro. Are these out of my budget, and are they worth it?
Yes good bikes, good suspension designs too.

Consult your bike shops regarding prices.
 

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My friend recomended a Specialized StumpJumper or Enduro. Are these out of my budget, and are they worth it?
Whatever you do...make sure that you at least ride a Gia.nt VT-2 or 3 before you decide on buying anything else.

It's my guess that you will then end up on one, just like I did after comparing everything else to it.

However, if you are going to seriously race the bike, the NRS would be the way to go.

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Can you guys please give me the specs and cost of a NRS3? Thanks
 

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Can you guys please give me the specs and cost of a NRS3? Thanks
No specs but I can give you the run down of it...
NRS3 has a Fox rear shock with Rebound(no AVA tho).
The colour is silver with a bit of blue and black(looks nice!).
Rock Shox Judy SL u-turn forks
Hayes mechanical disk brakes.
Sram X7 drivetrain(very good)
Mavic 117 rims and Shimano 475hubs.
Easton seat post and WTB seat.
Hutchison python tires.............
etc etc etc.
All for only $1680. The NRS frame is worth over 1000 alone!
At this price you could afford the NRS, and get yourself a cheap dirt jump hardtail.
 

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Can't help you out with specs and costs etc on your NRS, however I will just try and offer you some advice. You're really young and $2500 is a hell of a lot of money, even for me now and I'm more than twice your age. I know you want this FS and sure it will be a nice and cool bike - however, I would recommend you get a decent quality HT in the 1000 to 1500 range and put the rest of your money in the bank (or buy some clipless pedals and shoes and nice bike shorts if you don't already have them - then put the rest in the bank).

The reasons I say this are:

- A HT will make you a better rider in the long run, you learn to maneuver your bike much better, and how to handle it over rough ground.
- A HT will retain its re-sale value a bit better than an FS as there are less parts to wear out and it is less likely to be outmoded by the latest greates suspension designs a couple of years down the track.
- It will be faster than an FS. While not wanting to delve into a huge argument over FS V's HT, I think this is true for another reason than actual on course times. MWWH makes a good point that you want to also be able to ride your bike on the road. Nearly all good XC riders do most of their training on the road, and even if you primarily want to ride off road, regular long road rides (>100km) will provide endurance training which it is very difficult to get on the dirt (as you generally ride at a much higher intensity). To do such long rides you would be much better served to be on a hard tail (preferably with a lock-out fork) than an FS. If your (new) bike also has disc brakes, you can get some 700C rimmed wheels built and use proper road tyres. With this and your locked out fork you give up very little to a proper road bike and you could ride with a bunch of roadies - which is great training for XC.
- Another factor to consider is reliability and serviceability. Sure you have $2500 burning a hole in your pocket now, but what do you do when that rear shock blows, or you need pivots and bushings replaced? Firstly, you don't have these sorts of problems with an HT, and if you spend a little less on your bike you will have a little in reserve to cover such unexpected problems.
- Last but not least a question. Who is more respected; the guy on the cheap(er) HT who dusts everyone, or the poser on the high zoot FS who DNFs? Which guy do you want to be?

Sorry this has turned into quite a rant, so I'll stop now, but I hope this gives you cause to reconsider what you're really looking for in such a big new bike purchase.

All the best, and let us know what you decide on.

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Great advice from everyone here which is good to see.

I wouldn't suggest though, for a 14 YO to go out and do 100Km on a mtb with slicks. Distances like that are not good at such a young age. Further, 100k on a mtb on road is murder. 100Km on a roadie is common but still tiring.
 

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OK - fair enough - work up to the long rides - but I stick by saying that if you want to be fast on the dirt you should train on the road.

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Kolo Wrote: Last but not least a question. Who is more respected; the guy on the cheap(er) HT who dusts everyone, or the poser on the high zoot FS who DNFs? Which guy do you want to be?
:confused: :rolleyes: :confused: Mmm for some reason of late I seem to be the one on the high zoot HT who still DNF's :confused: :eek: :confused:
 

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- A HT will retain its re-sale value a bit better than an FS as there are less parts to wear out and it is less likely to be outmoded by the latest greates suspension designs a couple of years down the track
That due to HTs having lost their resale before you but them ;)

p.s. Anyone want to buy my HT - only ridden three times in last 2 years due the dulie being faster/more fun :D
 

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Kid comes in here looking for advice - what do you give him???

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