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Reddit MTB Buyer's Guide
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Price in USDMakeModelWheel SizeSuspension FrameForkDrivetrainBrakes CranksProsConsWould you recommend it?Reviews
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549DiamondbackOverdrive Sport29Hardtail Butted 6061-T6 SR Suntour XCR-LO 29 100mm travelShimano Acera, Shimano Acera, Shimano SL-M310 rapidfireShimano BR-M395 Hydraulic Disc (180, 160)SRAM S600Good features/components for price.Heavy, Pogo stick forkGood value if you don't care if the name is the same as some big box bikes, I got mine at a LBS and I know it was built well and and get free adjustments. Works well for medium duty usage after fork upgrade.http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1127111_-1_400308__400308
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550CannondaleTrail 726HardtailDouble Butted 6061 Aluminum)SR Suntour XCT Coil Spring (100mm)Shimano TX50, Shimano Altus, TX50 Tektro Novella (160,160)
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570Talon 527.5Hardtail6061 ALUXX-grade aluminumSR Suntour XCT MLO, w/lockout (100mm)Shimano Altus (Front), SRAM X5 (Rear), SRAM X4 (Shifters)Tektro Novela mechanical disc (160)SR SuntourCheapest 27.5 on the market.ForkIf you want a entry 27.5, then you get get this.
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575JamisExile Sport29HardtailKinesis 7005 Double Butted AluminumRST Blaze 29 TNL (100mm)Shimano M361, Shimano HG40, Acera, AlivioHayes MX-5 mechanical disc (180, 160)Amazing entry level bike, solid frameMechanical brakes and front forkAs a great entry level bike and for the right price it would be great. The frame is great enough to build a better bike off of. http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/29er-hardtail/jamis/exile-1/prd_449604_1548crx.aspx
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599FeltNine 8029Hardtail6061 AluminumSuntour XCT, 100mm travelAltus, SRAM X4, SRAM X4 (3x8)Tektro MTB (180)Suntour XCT
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600AirborneGuardian 2.029Hardtail6061 Aluminum HardtailRockShoc XC28 TK Mg29 (100mm)SRAM X5, X5, X5Tektro Auriga CompPrice, good parts. Good customer service.Heavy. Only available online (some assembly required).If you can't go higher in price, decent choice.http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/29er-hardtail/airborne/guardian/prd_500727_1548crx.aspx
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600AirborneGuardian 2.029Hardtail6061 AluminumRockShox XC28 TK Mg29 (100mm)SRAM X5, X5, X5Tektro Auriga Comp Hydraulic Disc (160)Truvative E400Price, good parts. Good customer service.Heavy. Only available online (some assembly required).If you can't go higher in price, decent choice.
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620TrekWahooHardtailAlpha Gold Aluminum (6061 based alloy)SR Suntour XCT V4 (100mm)Shimano Altus 8 speed, Shimano AceraTektro Novela mechanical disc brakesGreat Entry Level bike. Overal functionality is great.Mechanical brakes, somewhat uncomfortable seatIt is my first mountain bike and I love it. I've taken it out on countless rides and haven't had any problems with it.http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/29er-hardtail/trek/wahoo/prd_479013_1548crx.aspx
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630CarreraKraken26Hardtail7005 T6 AluminiumSR Suntour XCD (120mm)SRAM X5 3x9Clarks SX hydraulicSRAM X5Price, lightweight frame makes it very upgradeableCould be improved, but is very good for the price. European production means costly shipping for US.MBUK: 'We haven't tested a better trail bike for under £500. It's superb in may ways'. I love mine and would definatley reccomend. BUY ON SALEhttp://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/category/bikes/mountain/hardtail/product/review-carrera-kraken-12-46886
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650DiamondbackOverdrive29Hardtail6061 AluminumSR Suntour XCT (100mm)Shimano TX50, SRAM X4, SRAM X4 (3x8)Tektro Novela DiscSR Suntour XCT
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690Giant Revel 029ALUXX- Grade AluminumSR Suntour XCM V3 (80mm)SRAM X5, X5 (3x9)Avid BB5 Mechanical disc (160) SRAM S600Excellent drivetrain, stiff frame, good priceBrakes and fork (of course)Yes, same price as the Hardrock sport disk but the full X5 drivetrain is well worth trading off the upgraded brakes on the hardrock.http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/mountain/product/review-giant-revel-0-11-42756
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699FeltNine 7029Hardtail6061 AluminumSuntour XCM HLO, 100mm travel Acera,Alivio, Acera (3x9)Tektro Novella mechanical disc, 180mmSuntour XCM
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700SpecializeHardRock Sport 29 Disc29HardtailAluminumSR Suntour SF13-XCT-MLO 29" (80mm)Altus, Acera, Altus (3x8)Tektro HD-M330, hydraulic (160,160)SR Suntour XCT
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700SpecializedHardrock Sport 29 Disc29Hardtail6061 AluminiumSR Suntour XCT (80mm)Altus, Acera, Altus (3x8)Tektro HDC hydraulic (160mm)SR Suntour XCT
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750CannondaleAim 26 Disk26Hardtail6061 AluminiumSR Suntour XCM (100mm)Shimano Altus 3x8Shimano hydraulicShimanoGreat full Shimano drivetrain and brakes, great wheels and Shimano hubs.Fork is quite sticky and barely controlled reboundThe Aim is good value and fun but the fork does have the usual issues for a bike this price.
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780Trail 529Hardtail6061 AluminumSR Suntour XCM-HLO (100mm), spring w/lockoutAltus, Acera, Altus (3x8)Shiman BR-M375 Mechanical (160,160)
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840SpecializedRockhopper29Hardtail6061 Aluminum SR Suntour SF13-XCM-LO (100mm)Acera, Alivio, Acera (3x9)Tektro HDC 300 (180, 160mm) HydraulicSR Suntour XCRGreat entry level bike, upgradable frame, and sturdy.Front fork could be upgraded. Seat is somewhat hard.Try to get it when it's on sale.
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880SpecializedRockhopper 2929HardtailAluminumSR Suntour XCM-LO 29", hydraulicAcera,Alivio, Acera 9-speedTektro HD-M330, hydraulic (180,180)SR Suntour XCR
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930AirborneSeeker29Hardtail6061 AluminumRockshox Recon TK GOLD (Air) 100mmSRAM X5 2x10Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic (160)X5 2x10 crank
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1100GiantYukon FX26Full SuspensionALUXX-Grade AluminumSR Suntour XCM V3 w/ Lockout, 100mm Travel, Giant aAir rear shockSRAM X4, 3x8 Speed, Tektro Novela, 160mmSR Suntour XCT-V2One of the only entry level ($1000) full-suspension bikes on the market. Full suspension bike for a hardtail price. Components are easily upgradable.Shocks are lacking but can be replaced. Low-end componentsFor someone on a budget looking for a full suspension without breaking the bank, this bike might just do it for you.
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1100SpecializedRockhopper Comp29Hardtail6061 AluminiumRockshox XC 28 (80mm small, 100mm other sizes)Acera, Deore, Alivio (3x9)Tektro Drako 2 (180, 160)Solid frame, handles well. Nice tires. Climbs really well. Not bad at decents either.A bit heavy at just over 30lbs. Fork is not that great and could use thicker stanchions. I've had mixed experiences with the brakesIf you can get it for a good price, then yes. Otherwise I think you can get a better bike for your money.http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/category/bikes/mountain/hardtail/product/review-specialized-rockhopper-comp-13-47100
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1200AirborneGoblin29Hardtail6061 Aluminum HardtailRockshox RebaSRAM x7Avid elixir 7 hydraulic (180, 160)Sram X7Great performance parts and weight for $ spent. the only other brand to offer this level of parts at this pricepoint is motobecaneOnline purchase only, small brand, make sure you buy the right frame sizeGood for a XC bike with solid parts. All parts are higher tier compared to similar and higher priced bikes.http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/29er-hardtail/airborne/goblin/prd_463702_1548crx.aspx
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1200KonaKahuna29Hardtail7005 AluminumRockshox XC 32 (100mm)SRAM x5, 10 SpeedAvid elixir 1 hydraulic (180, 160)Awesome bike for taller riders, decent weight Great bike to build off of. Frame is the highlight of this bike along with the stock tires. Since im 6'2" it feels more natural with the longer top tube geometry. http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/29er-hardtail/kona/kahuna/prd_449396_1548crx.aspx
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1299KonaKahuna29HardtailAluminumRockShox XC 32 TK 100mm TaperedShimano DeoreShimano Deore (180/160)FSA Gamma Drive
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1400KonaTaro29Hardtail6061 Aluminium Rockshox Sektor TKDeore 1x9, alivio shiftersAvid elixir 1 hydraulic (180, 160)FSA Step-Up, with chainguideShort chainstays, slack head tube, good choice if you want to try rougher trails
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1600SpecializedCarve Comp 2929Hardtail M4SL Aluminum HardtailRockShox Recon Gold x5, x7, x5Avid Elixir 1Custom SRAMGood weight, solid framePedals/grips/etc. need upgrading, parts not as high quality as some similarly priced bikesIf this is in your price range, and you don't mind upgrading your bike as you continue riding, its a good long term bikehttp://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/carve/carvecomp#specs
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1700caX-Caliber29Hardtail Alpha Gold AluminumRockShox Reba RLDeore, X7Avid Elixir 1SRAM S1000Fast rolling, great climber, awesome valueGrips, tires(maybe)If you're in the market for a pretty nice hardtail XC bike, take a look at the x-cal. Really great bike for the money.http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/cross_country/29er_race/x_caliber/#/us/en/model/reviews?url=us/en/bikes/mountain/cross_country/29er_race/x_caliber
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1700KonaTanuki26Full Suspension6069 AlumRockShox Sektor R Coil 130 Deore/Acera Elixir 1 180/160Shimano AceraStrong chassis, fun feeling trail bikeLow end componentsGood entry level full suspension. Ride it till you break something then upgrade.
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2000SpecializedStumpjumper Comp29HardtailM5 Alloy90mm Rockshox Reba RLX7,X9 type II, X7, 2x10Magura MTS 180/160Custom SRAM 38/24Lightweight, tubless ready rims, great shifting and brakes. pedals are plastic, because of the short chainstays, the large chainring does not work well with large gears on the casette, which leads to more shiftingIf you are looking for a racey XC hardtail the stumpjumper flys up and down trails
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2125GiantTrance 27.5 327.5Full Suspension
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2800GiantXTC Composite 29er 129Full SuspensionGiant CompositeFox Float F29 Shimano SLX/XT Shimano SLXGreat price for the specsGiant's composite really isn't the same quality (or weight) as some brands.If you want a hard tail 29er that has fantastic parts for the price and thats very capable, then you really can't go wrong with this bike.
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5600YetiSB-66c26Full SuspensionSB066c LargeFox Float 150Shimano XTShimano XT m785 (180/160)Shimano XT Great bike, super light, super strong rear end. Feel in the bike as opposed to feeling on the bike. Comes with Strong wheels, Strong, axles, carbon bars, and carbon seat post. Frame has built on frame protectors for chainstays and downtubeQuite pricey. Rear shock is a Fox RP23 which can sometimes be inadiquite for the kind of riding this bike is made for.Would highly recommend it if you have the money. If you cant afford the carbon version certainly try to get the alu. one. Suspension feels bottomless and there is virtually no pedal bob. Worth every penny.
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6600SpecializedDemo 8 Carbon 1 (2013)26Full SuspensionFact 10 Carbon FiberBoxxer RC 203 mmSram x9Avid Elixer 5 (200/180)TruvativLightweight, stiff, low BB, short CS, is very nimble at high speeds.Fork/wheels/and brakes all sub par for the priceYes.
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Reddit MTB Buyer's Guide
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GiantAnthem 27.5 327.5 / 650bFull SuspensionALUXX SL-grade AluminumRockshox Recon Gold RL 100mm, 15mm TA
Rockshox Monarch R (100mm rear travel)
Web specs list says full Shimano Deore, bikes are actually coming with SLX shifters and FD, Deore Shadow+ clutch RD, 11-36 Deore cassetteShimano M395, 160/160SRAM S-series 38/26Nimble handling and very quick acceleration. Maestro suspension is great and does not need a platform shock for climbing. Low bottom bracket lets the bike feel very stable in corners. Short chainstays let you lift the front end easily and flick the bike around. Getting a clutch RD at this price point is sweet. So-so spec for the money. Stock Giant branded wheels are incredibly heavy and not very stiff. Entry-level spec means you're getting a bike that's very heavy for one sold as an XC racer. The very low BB height that benefits cornering can be an annoyance in technical climbs or rock gardens that require pedaling. Most of this can be avoided with a change in pedaling technique, but additional pedal/crank strikes can not be avoided. Yes. This bike is a solid purchase for someone looking for a comfortable but playful XC bike for general trail riding and/or racing and they are not looking for a 29er for whatever reason. The parts spec will last you a few seasons until you're ready to upgrade some of it to shed some weight and really turn it into a rocket. If possible, budget a tubeless wheelset (and tires/tubeless kit) and the bike will really turn into a rocket. http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/model/anthem.27.5.3/14824/66144/
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GiantRevel 126HardtailALUXX Butted AluminumSR SunTour XCM V3 w/preload adjust, 100mm-travelX4 rear derailleur, x3 shifters, Shimano altus front derailleurTektro Novella (160,160)suntourBetter spec/price than trek or specialized offerings in same price rangefork=pogo stickI was not disappointed. I couldn't find a locally available entry level bike with better spec for the price. This was my first bike and it lasted me 3 years, easily the best bike in the price range.
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Northrockxc626Hardtail6061 AluminumSR Suntour XCT 80mmAcera, Acera, Altus ShimanoCostco warranty, good components/priceHave to assemble yourself. It'll take time on youtubeReplaced the brakes with deore hydro's. Night and day, gained tons of confidence.
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SpecializedDemo26Full SuspensionAluminumBoxxer RC 203 mmShimanoAmazing geometry super fast, good components for the priceCoil spring fork
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