All-mountain bike under $1500 USD - what do I look for?
September 17, 2013 3:17 PM Subscribe
I'm a bicycle n00b who wants to get into riding mountain bikes, and I'm baffled at all the options. I need some pointers on what brands, models, and features to look for in an all-mountain bike. I'm planning on riding places in the Seattle area like Duthie, Tiger Mountain, etc.
posted by hackwolf to sports, hobbies, & recreation (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm a newcomer to mountain bikes, but not to two wheels in general - I race offroad motorcycles a lot, and I'm pretty decent at it. I'd like to get a bike that will last me for a while and that I can grow my skills with. A solid performer that isn't top of the line, is maybe a few years old, but which is reasonably well-equipped and that I don't have to do a lot of work to before I can ride it would be perfect. A friend that I'll be riding with suggested the following criteria:
- 140-160mm of travel (5.5 to 6.5 inches)
- Under 30 lbs.
- 1x10 or 2x10 drivetrain
My problem is that I need to keep the price under $1500 at the most, and that I'm totally baffled by all of the bikes, features, manufacturers, and components that are available. New or used is fine; it's the end of the season up here so there's deals to be had, but the number of bikes out there is huge, everything's got different suspension geometries and widgets, and the last time I bought a bicycle was over a decade ago.
I'm looking mostly for specific brands and models to try, but general suggestions on anything else to look for in a bike of this type would be welcome. I'm scanning Craigslist and the PinkBike classifieds already, but suggestions on anywhere else to look would be great. If it matters, I'm a smidge over 6' tall and around 170lbs.