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Hey guys! I'm about as new as it comes to this sport! I have done plenty of research though! So i do kind of know some stuff here and there! Now i will be using this bike as a commuter and as a trail rider when time allows it. I have a very tight budget and this bike fits it perfectly. I am just wondering what the more knowledgeable people think about this bike?

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/5ht_new_xi.htm

From what i see this is the perfect fit for me. I like the "lockout" feature due to my transition from rough to paved roads. It seems to get pretty good reviews and i know it will have its downside but it seems like the best bike for the price!
All info wlil be greatly appreciated!
 

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Ok, I'll ask. Have you even been on a bike to see what size fits you? The bike can be the best price ever,but if it doesn't fit you,you'll regret it.If you have,then great.If not,you need to go to a LBS (local bike shop) and see what size you need.I know for me,different brands fit me differently even though they were the same size.Somebody will jump in who knows more than I do,so be patient.Oh yeah,WELCOME!
 

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Yes i know my size! and I know this bike will fit (g00d question tho)! And thanks for the welcome! hope to get some good info soon!
 

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If you could up your budget a little and get 9 speed parts it might be a little more bang for your buck. Otherwise get what fits your needs and budget, nothing wrong with that bike for the price.
 

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Go for the Moto. At that price, if the fit is right and the budget works, you can't go too wrong.

Side note: prepare for the claims of spammery and shillery. Search a few Motobecane and/or Bikes Direct threads here if you haven't done so already and you'll understand.
 

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How much more would it cost me to get a 9 speed bike? And yeah i kind of figured BD is not a popular topic but it seems like the best place for me
 

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Levi H said:
Hey guys! I'm about as new as it comes to this sport! I have done plenty of research though! So i do kind of know some stuff here and there! Now i will be using this bike as a commuter and as a trail rider when time allows it. I have a very tight budget and this bike fits it perfectly. I am just wondering what the more knowledgeable people think about this bike?

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/5ht_new_xi.htm

From what i see this is the perfect fit for me. I like the "lockout" feature due to my transition from rough to paved roads. It seems to get pretty good reviews and i know it will have its downside but it seems like the best bike for the price!
All info wlil be greatly appreciated!
that's a 26er, no?
 

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Hey thanks for giving slack... honestly i just picked the fourm with the most viewers... and what's the difference between a 26er and a 29er? And that bike seems better but 500 is too much... thanks for the heads up though!
 

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Jump on Google and search "26er vs 29er" basically a bigger wheel helps you roll over stuff better. Ill never go back. I'm building my 2nd 29er now my first scratch build (my first 29er was purchased whole lol) :) just ordered a frame.
 

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Would it be necessary to spend the extra money on the 29er even though i will mainly be on roads and commuting?
 

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Levi H said:
Would it be necessary to spend the extra money on the 29er even though i will mainly be on roads and commuting?
29er wheels are the same size found on road bikes, so yes the bigger wheels are beneficial when commuting. As mentioned above, if the majority of your time will be on the roads, a hybrid might be a better choice. You can get them cheaper than an entry level 29er & they're able to go on easy trails, gravel roads, etc. Look for one with 700c wheels, which is the same size as a 29er rim.
 

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Levi H said:
Hey guys the bike i linked is out of my size and they said they don't know when they will be getting them n but they recommended this one.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/windsor_cliff4500.htm

Thoughts? Differences? Pros n cons?
Also a solid option. A slightly better component set is a plus. Con: still not great components but good for a first bike.

Sounds like you are leaning toward mountain bike rather than hybrid or commuter. Order the Windsor. Likely you'll be pretty happy with it.
 
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