Lowell Mass asked in SportsCycling · 1 decade ago

I want to buy a mountain bike to get around the city.?

I dont want to spend $2000.00 dollars, but I want something better than a $200.00 department store mountain bike. I just want to be able to have something that lasts with good parts, not too heavy and looks nice. But I'm not going to be racing or putting big money into the bike. I might jump a couple curbs, or need to get up a good size hill without the gears messing up. What do you suggest. I may spend between $400-$1000.00. Keep in mind I will be using the bike mostly for busy city areas, but of course if I choose to go riding with the girlfriend I may want to go to a trail on occasion.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    If by "trail" you mean bike path, MUP, or other smooth surfaced path that may not be paved, you have little to no use for a mountain bike. Suspension forks add to the cost, and that means some of your budget that could have gone to a bike with better wheels or components will be lost on a feature that you'll never use.

    Let's say you really want a mountain bike. A hardtail (suspension fork only) would be good for all but the really rough stuff. Get one with a decent fork that features "lockout" or "LO." Some options under $1K:

    Specialized Rockhopper Disc

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp...

    Trek 6000

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain_hard...

    Specialized Rockhopper Disc 29

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp...

    (The 29er wheels may feel a bit faster on the street)

    If you want something that's got mountain bike comfort with larger wheels for faster street riding, but understand they're not for hard trail riding, you could check out something like these:

    Specialized CrossTrail Elite

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp...

    (Suspension fork, 700c wheels)

    Trek Navigator 3.0

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/bike_path/nav...

    (Suspension fork, 700c wheels, upright riding position)

    Now, let's say your potential trail riding will be quite civil, and you don't have a need for a suspension fork. You could get a "flat bar" road bike (or fitness bike) like a Sirrus or FX. These will be a bit lighter and quicker. They can handle a bit larger tire (up to 32 or 35c) than a traditional road bike for more comfort on rough surfaces. But they have 700c road wheels that aren't meant for jumping curbs or careless riding. They'll feel more agile that the others listed.

    Specialized Sirrus Elite

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp...

    (Carbon fork/seatstays, 700c wheels)

    Trek 7.5FX

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/bike_path/fx/...

    (Carbon fork, 700c wheels)

    I'm gonna throw in a couple "urban" bikes that might be of interest. I've ridden these bikes and have to admit they're pretty dang cool. Really comfortable, pretty quick, and perfect for various surfaces. They're just fun to ride, and I'd pick one up if I had a place for it (and some extra money). The Utopia and Kaitai have suspension forks and 700c wheels.

    Gary Fisher Utopia

    http://fisherbikes.com/bike/model/utopia

    Gary Fisher Kaitai

    http://fisherbikes.com/bike/model/kaitai

    Gary Fisher Cronus

    http://fisherbikes.com/bike/archivemodel/440

    I guess Fisher quit making the Cronus for 2009. Tougher 26" wheels, with a rigid fork and single chainring to keep the price down. 9sp cassette still had plenty of range.

    Jamis also makes some bikes worth looking at, including the Coda series.

    If you just want to enjoy riding and get some exercise and fresh air, you don't have to spend a fortune. Any of the bikes I mentioned have good bits and pieces that will last, given some basic maintenance and care. All have plenty of gearing for hills. That's really a bummer if the Cronus has been discontinued.

  • 1 decade ago

    I highly recommend looking at the trek 3000 and 4000 series bikes. They fit right into your budget, they are great on trails and will hold up to all the curb jumps you can handle, yet are perfectly acceptable on pavement with full gearing, and Trek builds a good bike and have never steered me wrong. I use my Trek 6700 (I had a bit more money to spend) for both purposes and simply can't complain.

    No matter how you look at it, a mountain bike will be heavier and harder to move around the city than a road bike, but don't let people fool you into thinking that it's difficult - I'd much rather go a little slower on the pavement and have the option of doing trails (and the ability to find shortcuts through the city that a road bike can't handle). Plus, of course, they look cooler.

  • 1 decade ago

    you should go to a bike shop in your area and ask sales/service what they recommend. ask them all the questions that's what they are there for. buy from local and you get 30-45 day tune-up service and fit xchg. and they know the area and trail networks. we can recommend hundreds of bikes but we don't know your weight, body dimensions, physical limitations, city, etc. so a visit to local shop is what i recommend!

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