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So, I want to buy a 29er but cant afford a ton of $$$ right now. Anyone think of what to look for in a $500-1000 bike that may help later when parts are upgraded?

Anything different than a 26?
 

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Everything! I love my 29er. I used to ride a 26" bike and was in the market for another until I tested out my 29er at the store. Test ride a couple bikes and you will see the difference. You can always buy a used bike right here on the forum and upgrade it as you go along. Make sure you get a bike that suits you and your riding style. There are plenty out there for everyone. Get a bike with a solid frame and go from there. Good luck. :thumbsup:
 

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tahoegold said:
So, I want to buy a 29er but cant afford a ton of $$$ right now. Anyone think of what to look for in a $500-1000 bike that may help later when parts are upgraded?

Anything different than a 26?
I'm not sure exactly what your asking, but I'll take a stab.

If you plan to buy a budget bike with the hopes of upgrading gradually over time, or as things break, be sure to buy a bike that is already setup with 9 speed components (assuming you're looking for a geared bike). That way, if your rear derailleur breaks, you can upgrade it with a nicer 9 sp. RD without having to replace the cassette and shifter at the same time.

Also, I'd look for the best frame I could get in that price range because the frame is the one part that you'll want to build around. Maybe something like a GF Cobia since the Cobia frame is essentially the same as the X-caliber and Paragon.

Also, you'll likely get better components and frame quality at a given price point if you can handle going with a rigid fork, at least to start. For example, an $800 bike w/a rigid fork should have better components and maybe a better frame material than an $800 bike with a sus. fork.
 

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LBIkid said:
I'm not sure exactly what your asking, but I'll take a stab.

If you plan to buy a budget bike with the hopes of upgrading gradually over time, or as things break, be sure to buy a bike that is already setup with 9 speed components (assuming you're looking for a geared bike). That way, if your rear derailleur breaks, you can upgrade it with a nicer 9 sp. RD without having to replace the cassette and shifter at the same time.

Also, I'd look for the best frame I could get in that price range because the frame is the one part that you'll want to build around. Maybe something like a GF Cobia since the Cobia frame is essentially the same as the X-caliber and Paragon.

Also, you'll likely get better components and frame quality at a given price point if you can handle going with a rigid fork, at least to start. For example, an $800 bike w/a rigid fork should have better components and maybe a better frame material than an $800 bike with a sus. fork.
Great advice!
 
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