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# 248246 16-Mar-2019 07:13
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I haven't bought myself a bike in nearly 20 years but old football injuries mean I need to keep my knees moving.

I'm happy to pay around $1000, possibly a little more, and am considering hardtails rather than road bikes because my son will likely use it as well and we live rurally.

I'm 6'5 so only XL or XXL frames and I'd prefer 29" I think.

So far Bikebarn and Torpedo7 seem to have the best deals.

Does anyone have any suggestions on manufacturers/models at this end of the market ?

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  # 2199415 16-Mar-2019 11:19
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All brands have very good pro level bikes and waste of time revoltingly bad steel clone bikes.

An easy rule to follow for 2018+ bikes is this

One gear in front = worth considering - The rest of the bikes will have good parts. Pre 2018 bike 2 gears at front worth considering. See next step. 3 gear at front =walk away.

Next look at the back gears
10 gears entry level components on rest of the bike for actual mountain biking purposes
11 decent components on the rest of the bike.
12 gears = enthusiast to pro (the price will tell you)

Note there will be an overlap of very good 11 gears at back bikes with as good (or rarely, better) components than the 12 gears at back ones. That's because only one company makes 12 gears and some brands don't want to use that company cos they are more expensive

Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.

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