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I'm pretty obsessed with mountain bikes. I agree with what Plasmatic said. I don't use clipless pedals I use flats, but each to their own. I don't like my feet locke din. I have some XTR clipless pedals I use occasionally in races but I'm faster on flats.

Hardtail good to start + helmet and gloves.

At the lower end (1000) hardtail is ideal to start out. Duel suspension at lower end are not that good quality. I wouldn't get a duel suspension unless at least 2 -3 k. I currently ride a Canyon spectral CF. You order them online they delivered from Germany in a box. Good value around $6000. I swapped the wheels out for aesthetics (looks are important) and that cost about $1500 after selling original wheels. 2 new wheels cost more than 4 new mag wheels (including 4 fat new pirelli low profile tyres) on my farking car. MTB parts are expensive.

I'm pretty obsessed with it and am a local advocate. Ask me anything. I've founded clubs and just tonight agreed to be Secretary for a new club that is starting up. I'm ticketed by IMBA for trail design and maintenance and am into the local scene quite a bit, but I'm not a big racer as Im old.

I can put you on to some good old youtube videos for learning basic skills. Within the next year I have to do "Ride Leader" ticket and "Coach" ticket.

My kids ride, everyone rides. I live in a very MTB part of Sydney. Our advocacy group, that I co founded about 10 years ago spear headed the attack and has been very successful getting formalised trails professionally built. It's a war and it's never ends. We are in battle with nutter greens constantly.
 
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Do you need advice?
I've been waiting for someone to ask me for advice about stoner beach cruisers.
Here's what I use to get to the beach.
I had that exact bike I think.. Different color.. Mine was more of a blue with rust color scheme
 
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I used to be pretty hardcore. Had a Specialized Rockhopper in '04. Tricked it out in 2013, great bike.

I would suggest a Specialized Rockhopper Comp, good starting bike but decent enough not to be miserable with total garbage. A great sport that's lots of fun

I also ran platform pedals, studded lightweight Azonic pedals, some decent skate/bmx shoes. Do it!
 
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About to pull the trigger on this guy:



Men's Turbo Levo Expert | Specialized.com
 
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^^^^^ really? I would have to be consumed by this sport to spend that kind of money. But the bike looks trick and I'd love to ride it.

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just asked my wife
she said no
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I'm pretty obsessed with mountain bikes. I agree with what Plasmatic said. I don't use clipless pedals I use flats, but each to their own. I don't like my feet locke din. I have some XTR clipless pedals I use occasionally in races but I'm faster on flats.

Hardtail good to start + helmet and gloves.

At the lower end (1000) hardtail is ideal to start out. Duel suspension at lower end are not that good quality. I wouldn't get a duel suspension unless at least 2 -3 k. I currently ride a Canyon spectral CF. You order them online they delivered from Germany in a box. Good value around $6000. I swapped the wheels out for aesthetics (looks are important) and that cost about $1500 after selling original wheels. 2 new wheels cost more than 4 new mag wheels (including 4 fat new pirelli low profile tyres) on my farking car. MTB parts are expensive.

I'm pretty obsessed with it and am a local advocate. Ask me anything. I've founded clubs and just tonight agreed to be Secretary for a new club that is starting up. I'm ticketed by IMBA for trail design and maintenance and am into the local scene quite a bit, but I'm not a big racer as Im old.

I can put you on to some good old youtube videos for learning basic skills. Within the next year I have to do "Ride Leader" ticket and "Coach" ticket.

My kids ride, everyone rides. I live in a very MTB part of Sydney. Our advocacy group, that I co founded about 10 years ago spear headed the attack and has been very successful getting formalised trails professionally built. It's a war and it's never ends. We are in battle with nutter greens constantly.
Nice Nmag, I was pretty big into building trails and was a founding member of the local club. We started it to get permission to build trails, then real life took over. I still ride, but nothing like I used to do or want to.
 
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It's hard here. We have bushland all around the city and the greens make such a fuss.

Those ebikes are good Flash. A friend runs a local ebike shop. They're heavy but you can get them tweaked so it overrides the limiter making it go faster. Ebikes are aren't cheap but they very practical if you want to cover distance, or lots of painful hills.

This is my current bike. The new bikes in last couple years come with internal cable routing which looks tidier, and adjustable seatposts standard which are almost a must these days. An adjustable seatpost purchased alone could be $200 -$300 but worth every cent.

For hardtails around $1000 I'd look at Giant and Specialised for bang for buck. If you're pretty tall I'd consider a 29". Standard now seems to be 27.5". For cross country racing 29" is common. 29" rolls over trail chatter and stuff more easily, not as twitchy. I like to get air and flick the thing around a bit and like tight twitchy stuff so 29" not my cup of tea but they are very practical for most trail.

My current ride:



Other brands (google them) include

YETI
PIVOT
SPEC
Norco Bicycles
Giant
CANYON
Norco
Trek
Intense
Santa Cruz
GT
SCOTT
Merida
KONA
CUBE
Marin
Ellsworth
Turner
BMC
FOCUS
IBIS
NS
Yt
 
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Im an avid MTBer.. as far as hardtails go almost any brand that its bikeshop brand will have some great options around 1k. What you got to look for is components. Make sure it has a great Front Shock.. Like a Rockshox or Fox. I also like my bikes a little bigger than smaller if you are one of those that is in between sizes. The most popular brands are Specialized and Trek and Giant for the most part. I rode a hardtail for years and switched to Full suspension and i have to say it was like going from a old pickup truck to a ****ing Cadillac! I love it.. but i still ride my hardtail cuz it teaches valuable skills cuz they are harder to ride.
 
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Other brands (google them) include

YETI
PIVOT
SPEC
Norco Bicycles
Giant
CANYON
Norco
Trek
Intense
Santa Cruz
GT
SCOTT
Merida
KONA
CUBE
Marin
Ellsworth
Turner
BMC
FOCUS
IBIS
NS
Yt
u forgot norco
 
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Well Bros it looks like I'll be getting a slightly used Norco Revolver 29er hardtail. Probably way more bike than a newb needs but **** it seems like a good deal at $1500cad



More than I initially thought of spending but #YOLO it's a carbon frame 29er that was $3500 less than two years ago.
 
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Let us know when it cracks
 
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You shut up.
 
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Just sayin'. Steel or alloy, man. You will end up with one if you keep it up and it will end up being the one that you have forever.
 
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$1.38 USD is a fking steal, bruh

good find
 
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tough crowd
 
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Just sayin'. Steel or alloy, man. You will end up with one if you keep it up and it will end up being the one that you have forever.
Nah. Carbon is the ****. Steel lol c'mon. Aluminum is runner up, but I have no problem trusting a company like Norco to build a proper carbon frame. Maybe in the old days durability could've been an issue but the materials sciences are next level now. As long as it's engineered and QC'd properly.

I dunno **** about MTB but I do know that several years back some major changes happened in frame construction and geometry. A pre 2014 bike, from the sounds of it, is like a Pinto today.
 
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Could be - I haven't tried one of the new ones out. Whatever the material, they are fun as **** until it or you break. Happy trails.

Oh - there are also two types of riders - those who are well prepared for trail repairs and the other ****ers who don't have the basics and mooch. Yes, it's more weight to carry repair gear but it's worth the weight in gold when you need to fix a chain, tire or something a little tricky.
 
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My Trek is about 15 years old and still going strong. Can definitely recommend the brand. But I'm not a pro trail rider or anything. Super casual.
 
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Also - pro tip - look into some Bontrager Hard Case tires. Things are damn near bullet proof
 
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u forgot norco
YETI
PIVOT
SPEC
Norco Bicycles
Giant
CANYON
Norco
Trek
Intense
Santa Cruz
GT
SCOTT
Merida
KONA
CUBE
Marin
Ellsworth
Turner
BMC
FOCUS
IBIS
NS
Yt

There are a couple more to add but I can't remember them.
 
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