NEWBIE: Looking to buy mountain bike-Need help

NEWBIE: Looking to buy mountain bike-Need help

Post by Scott Lazaro » Tue, 07 Feb 1995 04:50:15


Hello,

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.

Potential buys:

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:
$565
(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).
PRICE: $490

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
help provided.

Thanks in advance,

Scott Lazaroff

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NEWBIE: Looking to buy mountain bike-Need help

Post by Paul Flemin » Tue, 07 Feb 1995 12:30:17

Quote:

>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:

In that price range check out the Giant ATX series.. Every thing you asked
for plus Alum frame. (around $530) the frames are great (Tomac's riding a
giant this year). Also the Raleighs are decent buys this year (made in the
USA avoids the new Chinese Tariffs :)

Paul