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I'm looking for suggestions on a bike that won't be high maintenance and costs no more than $1,500. Is there such a beast?
 

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Personally if I was looking at a bike that was low maintenance and a lot of fun to ride a singlespeed (and probably a 29er) would be the ticket. For $1500 you could get a very nice bike. Look at a Gary Fisher Rig for example, and you can get one of those for less than $1000. Of course there are a lot of good hardtail geared bikes as well

Check out this link. I would spend your money on this bike without thinking twice: ;)

http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/XC_Hardtail/product_21261.shtml

Have fun searching and ask plenty of questions (for all we know you a looking for a downhill bike) there are plenty of great bikes out there in your price range. If you are looking for a full suspension then maybe consider a single pivot design?
 

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burly hardtail....

I've got a Banshee Morphine 4-sale in mtbr for $1300.00. The link to my add is in my signature.

Thanks for looking,

Porch
 

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You bet.

Top_Gear said:
I'm looking for suggestions on a bike that won't be high maintenance and costs no more than $1,500. Is there such a beast?
Get yourself a solid hardtail, that is new. (Generally less issues as far as part wear, bushing wear, and what not...)

If you are set on FS, get a single pivot frame, like the Cannondale Prophet or something similar. A lower number of pivots is just that.
 

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Top_Gear said:
I'm looking for suggestions on a bike that won't be high maintenance and costs no more than $1,500. Is there such a beast?
if it's got a chain, bearings and cables, it'll require maintenance. get a pair of running shoes instead.
 

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drunkle said:
if it's got a chain, bearings and cables, it'll require maintenance. get a pair of running shoes instead.
Low Maintenance ? Mountain Bike ? Should those two words be in the same sentence. :D
 

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What do you want to do with the bike? Smooth trails? Trails with roots and rocks? Jumping off cliffs?

My Banshee Scirocco is pretty good for natural trails. The Morpine mentioned above is more for the jumping off cliffs crowd.
 

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I second the singlespeed suggestion, and give a qualified endorsement of the 29er suggestion. With $1500 to burn, you can get a very nice 26" singlespeed - and an even nicer one if you forgo the suspension fork (which, in my mind anyway, is the source of much maintenance). At right around $1500 you're kind of at the leading edge of 29er territory. For a grand you could get a Fisher Rig complete singlespeed 29er with a Reba fork, and have cash left over to upgrade a couple of items and get new shoes while you're at it. Better yet, you could get a Waltworks custom complete steel rigid 29er for about $1400, depending on the variables. As with everything else in this world, if you spent a little more, you would have even more choices... ain't that always the way?
 
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