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Just curious about this low cost MTB, new to MTB'ing and just got one (my roots are BMX) and its a 2005 model (yellow/black) with RST 191 fork that doesn't seem all that great. But again, what do you expect at a price point of $230. I'm just wondering if this bike can withstand some jumps or is this mainly a street/dirt path bike. How much abuse can the components take? This is coming from someone that does BMX street/park stuff and has destroyed a brand new Hoffman PL1 already :( Since I'm new to MTB'ing I will probably only be taking this bike on paved trails and some dirt trails until I get use to riding this thing. I only got one because my GF wanted to ride together as she is not into BMX :D stuff... and i take it you don't see many people riding a BMX style bike on paved paths right? Thanks for comments on the 820.
 

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If you can, do you think your LBS has any left over 2004 4300's ?

You might just try a new /used in the paper?

Someone who decided they didn't like biking?

If not, do it, it's much better than dept. store bikes.

Oh.................check Craigslist if you have one in your area.

Good Luck!
 

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Actually I asked them if they did before I went with the 820 and they said no. They got a bunch of the 2005 models in already and are pushing them. I did see at a garage sale last weekend someone had a nice Gary Fisher hardtail (Hoo Koo Kee Doo or whatever it is!) and they wanted $600! That's almost as much as my brand new Hoffman bike but it did ride nice. I looked in the paper and did find some used MTBs but most of them were Diamondback, Mongoose, NEXT, or Huffy. so... all cheap like $80 or so. I figured I just buy a Trek and see how it works out. I will probably get into more "technical" stuff next year or so - i just need to get my feet wet with MTB'ing first. Thanks.
 

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My first mountain bike was an 820, about 2 years ago. It's a great bike for someone starting out in XC trail riding. I would not take it over any big jumps though. It will handle normal XC riding great but is definitely not for free-riding or tricks etc. I got a tassajara after my 820, and have now moved up to a sugar 3+. All of those are great bikes.
 
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