BUYER’S GUIDE 2017 / MOUNTAIN BIKE ACTION 43
3. DEMO RIDE.
Check bike companies’ websites for
the location of their demo fleet and go try
them. Nothing beats seat-of-the-pants
buying decisions. Nothing!
4. DON’T CHEAP OUT.
Don’t limit yourself to inexpensive bikes
because you are new to mountain biking.
Expensive trail bikes are lighter, easier to
dial in (because tuning is done externally)
and more fun to ride. If you can afford an
expensive bike, go for it.
5. THE SWEET SPOT.
The $3500 price point is the sweet spot
for really great dual-suspension trailbikes.
That means trailbikes within 10 percent
of this price offer the best value. A $1000
budget will get you an excellent hardtail
bike (with 29-inch or 27.5-inch wheels)
that is worthy of upgrades as your skills
increase. That budget will get you an
entry-level dual-suspension bike. Limit
yourself to a hardtail mountain bike if
you are spending less than $900. If you
spend less than $500, you will get a bike
better suited for bike paths than abusive
mountain biking. This bike will not be worth