I started with low-end Shimano pedals (about $50) and they were just fine. Stick with a name brand -- Shimano or Time -- and you can't really go wrong. Pedals are pretty durable and trouble-free so ebay may be a good idea. You don't need to spend a fortune on shoes either, as long as they fit. More expensive shoes will probably last longer but they don't really "work" better.navice_13 said:I think I have been resistant to the clipless because of the $$. Spending $150 on pedals for a $400 bike never seemed to click for me. Maybe I can find some used ones on eBay or something.
Thanks for the heads up Dave. I am trying to get a better idea of needed frame size. The shop guys told me 17.5" would work for me, but my current Specialized Hard Rock is closer to a 21". I'm 6'0" so I just need to ride a few to get a better sense of what I need. I always felt my current bike was a bit out of control on trails (though fine on the road).crew217 said:Navice_13 . . . I have a Trek 4500 2003 model 17.5" frame size if you're interested.
Replied to your PM . . . The shop i went to had me try both a 19" frame and a 17.5" frame in treks. The 19" fit but the shop tech recommended the 17.5" because of less weight and also you have more control since your center of gravity is lower . . . also, he mentioned that a 19" frame in one brand isn't necessarily the same fitment as another brand. (due to diff frame geometries)navice_13 said:Thanks for the heads up Dave. I am trying to get a better idea of needed frame size. The shop guys told me 17.5" would work for me, but my current Specialized Hard Rock is closer to a 21". I'm 6'0" so I just need to ride a few to get a better sense of what I need. I always felt my current bike was a bit out of control on trails (though fine on the road).crew217 said:Navice_13 . . . I have a Trek 4500 2003 model 17.5" frame size if you're interested.
Any tips on sizing from the MTB experts?
Also, thanks for the pedal info. $50 is much more appealing.
That's my next stop. Just need to ride a few, but I am guessing a 17" - 19" will fit the bill. Just depends on comfort after that.crew217 said:If you're interested, i highly suggest visiting a local dealer and testing them out.
Check these pedals out for $40.navice_13 said:Also, thanks for the pedal info. $50 is much more appealing.
The undersized frame/huge seatpost combination is good for trials (stunt) riding but it will not be comfortable for long rides. Don't overdo it.Medrosje said:also remember this. smaller frames are stiffer (smaller triangles) and lighter (less tubing). if you can get away with running a small frame via a higher seat post then go for it. i worked with a guy that was 6'3" and rode an 18" klein running a HUGE seatpost and longer stem. obviously, definitely more complex than your standard bike fitment. but you can also get some "suspension" like qualities via that long seat post as it flexes a bit.
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No I wouldn't but that's because I'm harder on the bikes than most (weight and riding style) and the lower end Shimano components that come on bikes in the price range don't typically hold up for me. There is nothing wrong with buying a bike in this range if all you're going to do is ride it on the road - paved and dirt but for singletrack and harder abuse trails as well as roads (curbs can be harsh too) I prefer a beefier set of components.Postman said:I have the feeling you two wouldn't buy a $250 new mountain bike either.passaturbonium said:Same here....00Psst said:I'd avoid the Ebay route for a bike - especially one that is 5-6 years old. An aluminum frame has a limited life before it starts to wear as do the components. Additionally, you'll never know how the previous owner treated it and how hard they were on it. I've seen lots of folks ride their bikes through just about everything and then put it away caked with mud and other crap. I cringe at the thought of all of those seals just rotting away.Postman said:I did a lot of research before I purchased, and will say that a good set of forks costs $300, so I have a feeling you won't find any thing worth owning in the $200 range new. I would get an older used bike off Ebay. Kinda the difference between a new Hyundai and a used A4. For $200 - $300 you can find a very decent bike that's 5 -6 years old.passaturbonium said:
This is jsut my opinion of course.
If you were going to buy used, I'd look no older than 1-2 years, and have a reputable bike shop check it out first. Of course, I wouldn't buy used at all, at least not in a mountain bike.