I want to get started into biking/mountain biking and need the help of
some experienced folks in the purchase of a good mountain bike. I have
done some reading and know a little, but there are so many companies out
there selling frames that its difficult to know what exactly I'm getting
for my dollar. I have seen a couple of potential buys but I wanted to get
some feedback if possible. Here is some info that will help you assist me:
Type of riding I plan to do: 50/50 off-road (not necessarily mountain,
since I live in Houston) and road riding. I want a mountain bike for the
versatility of riding on either type of terrain.
Requirements: 1) A real good quality frame that will last under nominal
abuse, 2) decent components (Shimano STX or better) because as I get more
involved I thought I could always upgrade, 3) rapidfire shifting--NO GRIP
SHIFT 4) double walled rims, 5) between $450 and $750, 6) size = 18".
Another word about price, I am willing to spend a little extra cash now
(reason for the wide price range) to get an all-around good quality bike.
I don't want to buy something that is less expensive and then regret not
spending more to get the "better" bike.
1) '94 Scott Boulder: Ch-Mo Frame, all Shimano Deore-LX, Scott AT-2
handlebar with bar ends, Tioga AT-2 Aheadset, Mavic 400 rims. SALE PRICE:
(My big question here is the frame quality!)
2) '94 Trek 930: Ch-Mo Frame, mostly Shimano STX (except hubset-Avilio),
Tange Seiki sealed headset, MAtrix double walled rims (Trek's brand).
3) '94 Trek 7000: aluminum frame, Shimano STX-RC components. Price: $650
4) others: KHS Montana Comp
If you have any knowledge or experince with any of these bikes or
manufacturer's please email me. I would really appreciate any and all
Thanks in advance,