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MTB Bicycle

7,259 108 October 16, 2017 at 07:47 AM
I was saving up for a carbon belt drive bike but they don't seem to be popular and i'm running out of time here. I'll get a chain instead if carbon belt has reliability problems. Haven't had a bike since 2010. I want an MTB, beginner, front rear hydraulic disk breaks, prefer grip shifters. I used to have Schwinn hybrids with grip shifters for 15 yrs and can't get used to anything else. They are so much more convenient. My hybrids were 18 speed, i think only 6 of those were actually useful. I went off road with good off road tires. Now i want a dedicated MTB.

Reason why i wanted a belt bike is from childghood i got grease from the chain on my legs, pants, and later cars. Not a fan of chain guard as it rattles and ads extra weight. If there's a reliable belt MTB bike i'd still be interested but it probably won't have grip shifters, which isn't a deal breaker as long as i can get used to other types of shifters. I don't know if front/rear suspension is a good thing never had it in my bikes. Don't know if a leftie fork is a good thing to have or go for normal standard fork. I have to remove the front wheel when moving/transporting. If half the fork is better for quick release then i'll go for it.

Tire size must be the most common popular type for MTB. I can't remember the diameter number. Brand - something reliable, easy to maintain, parts available everywhere.

Another requirement needs to be light weight. I'm on the second floor and need to carry up and down a few flights. Sometimes a few times a day.

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Rear suspension is bad, unless you use it almost solely for bombing down hills. It's heavy and inefficient.

Front suspension is good, especially if it can be locked out. This way you can have some suspension downhill, but lock the shock solid to make climbing much easier.

26" is the common tire size. 27.5" and 29" are both becoming very popular though, and depending on your height they might be a better option. I'm only 5'6" and I loved my 29er, but I'd probably go for a 27.5" next time around.

Bikes with belt drives have either fixed gearing or an internal hub in the rear wheel. Either of these will also work with chain and solve your grease problem for less money. Now, unfortunately, fixed gears are kind of a PITA on a mountain bike, especially if you're new. An internal hub is nice on commuter bikes, but they're usually both heavy and expensive, so not great choices for a budget mountain bike.

You may be used to grip shifters, and they once again are something nice for a commuter, but they're not a great choice for trail riding as they are easy to accidentally move on a bumpy trail, so most serious mountain bikes will not have these.

I really like the REI line of "Co-op" bikes, with the DRT 1.0 or 1.1 being the most likely candidate. They got on sale fairly often, but aren't at the moment. Also, REI is a nice place to shop in person since they will let you test-drive the bikes, give solid advice, their return policy is stellar, and you can buy bikes online and have them delivered to the store. They also give a free tune-up after the initial wear-in period, which most bike shops do, and it's certainly not an option through Amazon.

Going cheap on a bike with something like a Diamondback will often end up costing more in the long run as the parts are practically cosmetic.

** Quick Note on Hydrolic Brakes ** These have gotten much better over the years, and are well worth the money these days, but if you're often removing the tire you need to know you should never engage the brakes while the tire is removed or they will lock up like heaven after the rapture.
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do you want a MTB for actual trail riding or did you want a MTB style/geometry for recreational/riding around town?

Big difference in parts and purposes.

Grip shifters typically come on lower end hybrid/mountain bikes. These bikes probably wont fare too well on trails over time. these are more MTB Style bikes.

Hydraulic brakes, either go with really good ones or dont do them at all. At entry level you will not find good hydraulic disc brakes. Mechanical is probably the best you can find at entry level.

Belt drive systems are very niche market in mountain biking. People want/need gears.

lefty is a fork specifically for cannondales. no shocks are required, it will just allow you to enjoy your ride more. I would spend more on a bike with a good fork vs a bike with mediocre front and rear.

you need to narrow your expectations on what your bike is going to be doing. There is a huge range in what you are asking/wanting.

give more details, and we can give better results.
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