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Old 09-26-2012, 07:04 AM
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Default Inexpensive mountain bikes

I am casually looking for an inexpensive mountain bike that would be more suitable than my Cannondale Quick for ratty dirt roads, fire roads, and some non-technical mountain bike trails. I had put knobby tires on my Quick and have used it. Now I find that the tires have been rubbing on my fork and have removed paint down to the carbon. A full suspension seems over the top for my needs, pricey, and difficult to find for someone 4'11" tall with a short reach. So, I am looking at hardtail bikes.

My standover is about 27.5" but I have very short arms. My Quick has a 50.5 effective top tube, which is pretty good.

So far I have found:

Specialized Myka Sport (maybe disc) that comes in a 13" size, 52.5cm top tube, and about 25.6" on standover, at $630. Or I could go as low as their non-disc, nonsport version at $470.

Specialized Jett Comp, also in a 13" size, 53cm top tube (getting to be a bit much), with bout 25.6" on standover, but kind of pricey at $1250:

A bit more out of the box, a kids mountain bike with a 12" frame, 49cm Top tube and 24 inch wheels, a Kona Kula at $949:

Bikes direct has a number of possibilities in their Motobecane brand, with 52cm top tubes, and acceptable stand over at 26", but most seem to be sold out and the ones I originally looked at are now gone.

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I think both of them are good..

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Old 11-14-2012, 07:55 AM
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Andra2000, if you have a spot on your fork worn down to the carbon fiber, you should at least get that clearcoated. UV rays can weaken the CF and that could be catastrophic.

As far as MTB's go, I've done nearly all of my riding on road bikes, and I'm not (yet) familiar enough with them to help you with your comparisons. Hopefully someone here will have some guidance for you.

Good luck, and welcome to SCBF!

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