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Im 14 and so far have only had some crappy p.o.s. bikes because there cheap. But my friends have convinced me to get a new bike to go traveling and mountain biking with them this summer. But i have no clue on what bike to get. I have a limit of about/ around $1000. Any help on picking a bike would be much appreciated.
 

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Lbs?

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Do you have a local bike shop? That would be a great starting point, with that price range they should be able to show you several different models and brands. Take notes and come back to the forums for more in-depth recommendations.
 

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From my research good bikes start around 300 to 400. Are you looking too get both a road and mountain bike for that 1000 dollars?
 

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Drucon, what sort of bikes are your friends riding? Can you tell us anything about the types of trails that they ride?

Since you want to ride w/your friends, it's worth taking a look at what sort of bike is working for them.
 

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lol, entry lvl bikes start at 70 bucks at your local walmart. I am a fairly firm believer that it is the rider not the bike. A 400 dollar Trek, Gary Fisher, Specialized, Gaint, list goes on and on will last just as long and give a superb ride. Drucon is 14 years old, I doubt he needs a 1000 dollar full suspension bike to get him self on the trail. My personal advice to you Drucon is to get what you can afford to break, not what you can afford. You break something on a 1000 dollar bike you got nothing left to maintain it if it need work.
 

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My friends and i are going to be hitting up alot of downhill trails, with some jumping, i do have a Bicycles Plus near me, and im only looking for a Mountain bike, not a road bike.
 

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what bikes do your friends ride?

Go to Bicycles Plus and look at the Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc and the Trek 6000 Disc. Those are two great bikes to start out on. Ride them both and see which one feels better to you. Also, ride your buddies' bikes. You might find one of theirs that you like and can try to get for yourself. :)
 

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I wish I had $1k to spend at 14. :eek:

How dedicated to this hobby are you? I ask because I find the fact you want to upgrade because your *friends* say you need to underwhelming. What do YOU think you need? If you really enjoy riding and it won't hurt to part with that kind of cash, then $1000 will get you a very, very nice hard tail.

If you are ambivalent or in the least bit unsure, spend $200 on a used or $400 on a new entry level but solid hardtail and a bit more on some new gear then stash the rest away for college. A $400 bike, wisely chosen will get you very far.

Also, you may very well outgrow any bike you buy now. You'll be able to recoup some costs selling it used, but the wiser financial choice might be a more modest bike now and the higher end bike when you've reached your full height.
 

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Posted this in another thread/adding more bikes. If your getting into the sport i really wouldn't drop a grand

Bikes to look for and test ride.

Gary Fisher - Advance $489.99
http://fisherbikes.com/bike/model/advance
Wahoo $549.99
http://fisherbikes.com/bike/model/wahoo
Wahoo Disc $659.99
http://fisherbikes.com/bike/model/wahoo-disc

Trek - 3900 Disc $479.99
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...ries/3900disc/
4300 $479.99
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...4_series/4300/
4300 Disc $599.99
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain_hardtail/4_series/4300disc/

Specialized - Hardrock Sport $500
http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...=38435&eid=107
Hardrock Sport Disc $580
http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...=38436&eid=107
Rockhopper $640
http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=38432&eid=107
Rockhopper Comp Disc $770
http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=38430&eid=107

I know i only listed 3 brands and you can always check out others: GT/Jamis/Giant/Yeti/Scott and others.
 

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The Wahoo disc is a great deal. I sell a ton of them to customers who are starting to really get in to mountain biking but don't want to spend a ton.
 

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Choosing a MTB

You are getting a lot of valuable advice from everyone- good luck with your choice. I rode a Giant Yukon for 18 years and had a blast on it. It was a great bike, I spend around $400 dollars on it when I was your age and upgraded parts when they became worn. It was a 19 inch frame- it still fits me well.

I finally went to my lbs and purchased a Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc- it is a great bike and you will not be disappointed.
 

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I'd find something used that is ok in your range, don't fall into the competition with your friends over who's bike is the coolest with the best parts blah blah, in the end it comes down to the rider not necessarly the most expensive bike.
 

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+1 -> "you may very well outgrow any bike you buy now... the wiser financial choice might be a more modest bike now and the higher end bike when you've reached your full height."

Amen to that. I'd spend $400 on a decent hardtail now, sell it on for $200 when you're 18 and know what size frame (and what type of mtb) you will need for the rest of your happy, healthy mtb-ing life. Put the $600 spare towards your future dream bike.

There are some frickin awesome-looking and -riding hardtails for $300-400 these days. Trek's 2009 and 2010 4 series for example.
 
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