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Have you looked at a Lynskey? They are made in Tennessee and are the best new Ti bikes, IMO. They also have great prices and some great sales once in a while. Give them a call and see if they have anything B stock or on sale. They are very highly regarded and I've seen their stuff, very cool. http://www.lynskeyperformance.com/store/silver-series-main/mt29-main.html
I think you mentioned using it to ride paved paths and dirt roads? I think a Ti Lynskey is kind of overkill. Those two $700 bikes are basically the same, pick the one that fits better.
Hey Wirenut,Check out the Airborne Guardian. You get a lot more bike for your money compared to the Gary Fisher and Specialized. My wife rides a 16" Goblin. (The 16" frame has the "kinked" top tube.)Ruben
Thanks Ruben, Those are all nice looking bikes and they do have better parts then some I've looked at in that price range. Wish they had a dealer locally so I could go test ride one. Since it's online only, if something breaks where do you get your parts from
Do I need disc bikes if I'm going to be on mostly paved trails for the first 1-2 years or would rim brakes be fine?Really all I'm after is the exercise at this point. There are a lot of paved trails in my area, plus I can ride onthe golf course path where I live at night when the golfers aren't playing. 18 holes right behind my house.Maybe a hybrid would better suit my needs, but I do like the wide bars and wide tire feel of a MTN bike.
A MTB bike would be fine and, no, you do not need disc brakes. Disc brakes are great if you plan to ride through slop or need stopping power on a steep descent. Otherwise, standard rim breaks are great. I have rim brakes on my MTB and it works perfectly for the type of riding I do. If I rode in slop or on technical downhill runs, I'd consider a change to discs. I'm not a fan of hybrid bikes (unless you are an older guy) because many hybrids don't do anything particularly well. A good 29" MTB is a great all-around bike. You can put slick tires on and ride it in fun, leasurely century rides, put knobbies on it and ride in the dirt or ride it on a MUP/paved trail for fun and light fitness. If you go with a budget setup, you will pay a weight penalty, but it shouldn't matter for the type of riding you plan to do.
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