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Good choice for a first mountain bike?

Pip2012-04-14 07:14:50 +0000 #1
Hi there

I'm looking for an entry-level mountain bike - I'll be using it mainly on dirt trails around Wellington. I'm guessing that for the money I want to spend hard tail is going to be my best bet. I doubt I'll be riding anything too technical for a while so I don't need anything too fancy in any case. Can anyone comment on whether this looks suitable? I'm around 5 foot 3 and ride a small Giant road bike.

www.trademe.co.nz/Br...ng.aspx?id=423866475
zoom-zoom2012-04-14 07:21:59 +0000 #2
Ooh, see if you can get your hands on a '09 Cannondale F5 in their "petite" size. I scored one for half of retail, since Cannondale greatly overestimated how many they needed to make in that size. A few months back they had hundreds sitting in the warehouse. My guess is they are all gone, but it doesn't hurt to ask your nearest Cdale dealer. I think we got mine for about $375 and they normally retailed for $750. I am just under 5'4". I could probably go with a size larger, especially because I like a longer cockpit, but I'm pretty comfortable on the petite (essentially an XS).
Pip2012-04-14 07:22:50 +0000 #3
Thanks for the recommendation! I'll have to go into my LBS and see what they have available. I only recently bought myself my dream road bike, so I'm being a bit cheeky looking for MTBs already! I personally want as much standover room as possible. I've been looking at 16 inch frames, and they seem about right. I'm not sure what the seller is saying in this case when she says the frame's 24?!
laura*2012-04-14 08:38:00 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by Pip

I'm not sure what the seller is saying in this case when she says the frame's 24?!

It could have 24" wheels/tires.

This confused me at one point too - I couldn't understand why people were using such large numbers to describe small bikes. Then I discovered that non-cyclists who are only familiar with one-size-fits-all X-mart bikes differentiate them via wheel size.
Pip2012-04-14 08:14:48 +0000 #5
Ah yes, that makes sense! I've left a question on the auction asking her if there's an XS on the frame to indicate its size, as I suspect that's what it will be.

It hadn't occurred to me the wheels might be 24 inch. I'm not so sure I'm keen on them being that small. Still, I might be able to pick it up cheaply enough that I can live with them till I decide whether I like off road cycling enough to upgrade.
zoom-zoom2012-04-14 07:47:14 +0000 #6
I'm not sure, but I think 24" wheels are typically put on kids' bikes.
Irulan2012-04-14 08:34:13 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by zoom-zoom

I'm not sure, but I think 24" wheels are typically put on kids' bikes.

Yes.
radacrider2012-04-14 09:45:51 +0000 #8
Not sure where they are getting the 24". Searching on specs for an approx 2009 Scott Contessa 40 indicates only 26" tires; there is no "Junior" version of a Contessa.

www.evanscycles.com/...NITEDSTATES#features

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