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Offline lilred

new bike for trails
« on: July 09, 2008, 12:24:19 pm »
Let me start by saying that I am new here.  I cycled quite a bit about 20 yrs. ago. In fact, I currently own a Mountain bike (which, 20 yrs. ago, was a top end bike).  I visited my local bike shop yesterday and was a bit surprised to see the changes in types of bikes available.
Now, I am looking to get back into the sport. My family & I are interested in doing a bit of trail riding.
I'm considering the idea of purchasing a new bike.  However, I am completely stumped as to what type.
We are looking into mostly hard dirt trails, pavement, grass, and a little loose rock.
Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Offline paddleboy17

new bike for trails
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2008, 12:38:29 pm »
For the most part, equipment just keeps getting better.

Probably, a hard tailed bike (front suspension only) will meet your needs.  

In your day, there where center pull, cantilever brakes, which are only found on really crappy mountain bikes (still there on road bikes, but that is a different discussion).  Then along came linear pull brakes which are only found on lower end bikes.  The top of the food chain is a disk brake.

Other than that, I think it comes down to your budget.  I personally like Shimano LX or better components, and I cannot speak for other vendors except to say that I really like SRAM chains.

I extend no loyalty to any bike company.  Buy the frame you like with the components you like from whatever bike company make it.


Offline lilred

new bike for trails
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2008, 10:22:05 am »
Thanks.  You answered my main question.  I do appreciate you taking the time. Thanks :)