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Old 01-05-2013, 10:12 AM   #26716
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seriously, the brand has nothing to do with size. at 6'4 you almost certainly want an XL bike in whatever brand/model.

that said, Schwinn is now a big-box store brand hawked by Dorel Industries, and generally not very good bikes. if you're just going to be riding a few dozen miles at most, around town, on bike paths etc, then thats fine, but ....

If you are buying a mountain bike to actually ride offroad, I'd suggest visiting some real bike shops, and looking at the major brands like Giant, Specialized, Trek, and the secondary brands like Kona, Jamis, KHS, Cannondale, Marin. if you're the type who goes whole hog for physical activities, I'd suggest looking for a hard tail mountain bike in the $800-1000 new range. if you want full suspension for riding on really rough terrain, then make that $1200 or more as cheap suspension bikes will fall apart in a big hurry if you actually use them. The good stuff will break too, if you huck it off a ledge and blow a landing, but at least its worth fixing..
I am thinking that is what I am going to have to do my only problem is very limited funding so I was hoping to find something used I was wanting to keep it closer to $200

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Old 01-05-2013, 11:00 AM   #26717
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I am thinking that is what I am going to have to do my only problem is very limited funding so I was hoping to find something used I was wanting to keep it closer to $200

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If your budget is $200 then I suggest that you buy used off of craigslist, or buy & build yourself. Building bicycles is easy and fun.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:25 AM   #26718
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ths short answer is; it depends on what size the bike is, not who made it or what model it is.

"something to get started" bicycling? or actually mountain biking?
either way, i wouldn't recommend a cheap full suspension MTB.

if you're just getting started bicycling (which is my guess from the way you phrased the question) you're probably talking about riding around town and/or on simple trails, and don't need (or want) full suspension. if you're talking about going out on the trail, it's not likely that a bike can be built with full suspension at that price point that will last long at all under someone our size, and you'll end up spending more trying to keep it working than it would cost to buy a better bike in the first place.

either way, you'd be better served buying a non-suspended bike where they put the money into the bike instead of making it look like it has suspension. if you're truly convinced that even without any experience cycling that you "need" suspension, stay away from the full suspension bikes and get something that's only got a suspension fork.
if you're actually going to be riding it off-road and expect it to be safe and durable, be prepared to spend at least twice as much money.
I have ridden my old diamond back Sorrento on some trails but it is killing my wrists (it is solid front) so I was thinking about getting something with some front suspension. I am also starting to think I need a longer bike but most of what I am seeing in the specs is wheel size and seat height
You mention that I need an XL bike but I have not seen that type of sizing in the description of any of the bikes I have looked at, is there some where I should be looking?
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:29 AM   #26719
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If your budget is $200 then I suggest that you buy used off of craigslist, or buy & build yourself. Building bicycles is easy and fun.
I not having much luck C-list on this one, if i knew what i needed that might be diferant
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:51 AM   #26720
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I not having much luck C-list on this one, if i knew what i needed that might be diferant
Yeah, I am 6'3", bikes on CL in our size a few a far between. You just have to be patient.... and check it ALOT!
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:01 PM   #26721
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I have ridden my old diamond back Sorrento on some trails but it is killing my wrists (it is solid front) so I was thinking about getting something with some front suspension. I am also starting to think I need a longer bike but most of what I am seeing in the specs is wheel size and seat height
You mention that I need an XL bike but I have not seen that type of sizing in the description of any of the bikes I have looked at, is there some where I should be looking?
wrist problems are frequently related more to improper fit to the bike, or riding style. many of us 'formerly bitchin' dudes' (a.k.a.: old farts) here grew up riding MTBs long before any suspension, and learned how to keep a firm grip at the bars but have loose arms to allow the bike to move under us, and that translates into a riding style that results in less wrist discomfort on any bike.

sizing is one of those things people tend to overlook or forget to mention when talking about bikes (just like you did on your initial question); you just have to ask.

frankly, if i were in your limited-$ shoes, i'd check to make sure the bike i had fit me. (a good shop should be willing to help you with a proper fit; and knowing how your bike should fit you is something you're going to need on every bike you ever own, so it's a good thing to figure out before you start buying stuff.) it might be that the bike you already have can be made to fit you better (longer stems are common for guys our size), and that may alleviate your discomfort for less than what you wanted to spend for now.
depending on what year your Sorrento is, if everything else is good and you've already got your fit nailed, you might even consider looking for a shock that you can put on it. if your bike is too old, it might not have been designed to be 'suspension ready' geometry, but many are; you'll just have to check that to make sure you can get a suspension fork that will have roughly the same axle to crown race dimension as your stock fork.

it wasn't me that mentioned the XL frame size, but they were probably right, as were the comments regarding the difficulty finding larger bikes for sale used. i have a high enough Ape Index that i flat-foot (with bent knees) a GS Adventure with longer-than-stock custom Öhlins, and can vouch that bicycles in the taller sizes like ours are fewer and farther between than bikes closer to the middle sizes. you might have much better luck finding a suspension fork that someone upgraded out of in a fit of 'upgrade-itis'.
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:26 PM   #26722
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I am going to be in a town with a bike shop tomorrow, I will swing by and see what they have to say.
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:30 PM   #26723
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I am thinking that is what I am going to have to do my only problem is very limited funding so I was hoping to find something used I was wanting to keep it closer to $200

Thanks for the reply
what kind of riding do you expect to actually do? casual riding, mostly bike paths and a bit of hard pack dirt? for that I'd suggest a 'hybrid' bike rather than a 'mountain bike', these are like $500 new for a decent one (Specialized Sirrus, Giant Escape, etc). avoid cheap suspension like the plague.

craigslist is real hit/miss for bicycles, a lot of people are asking far more than the bikes are really worth, and there's a lot of junk. One of the best places to get used bikes is garage sales, cruise the neighborhoods on garage sale morning, and even if you don't see any bicycles, especially if its an older grandma type, ASK! you'd be surprised what might be pulled out of the back of the garage...
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:45 PM   #26724
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I am going to be in a town with a bike shop tomorrow, I will swing by and see what they have to say.
thanks for the replys
I have an older 22" chromoly Rockhopper frame and about 15-20 bikes under a tarp in my backyard. I can probably throw something together that would work well for you once the snow melts. I'm 6'4" and know how hard it can be finding bikes that fit right. I have $20 in the frame, and maybe another $60 for tires and cables. Just an option.

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Old 01-05-2013, 01:46 PM   #26725
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Easy 40 miles with the PMCB this morning. The patch on my femoral artery and on the tube in my front tire both held up well.

Assuming the doctor "releases" on the 8th, the first century of the year will be next Sunday.

And then:

Saturday, February 2, 2013 Saguaro National Park 300 km/190 miles

Saturday, February 16, 2013 Gila River Valley 200 km/125 miles

Saturday, March 2, 2013 Around the Bend 400 km/257 miles

>> Friday, March 22, 2013 Fleche 360 km. (Not sure about this one...)

>> Saturday, April 13, 2013 Tombstone, Tucson start 600 km/374 miles. (Not sure about this one either...too close to the 1200 for my comfort.)

Wed - Sat, May 1 -4, Texas Stampede 1200/750 miles

So, for the most part, with a lot of luck, I'll accomplish my goals by May 4th and can ride simply for the joy of riding for the rest of the year.
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:24 PM   #26726
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I have had a few very close calls on the road so I am trying to avoid the road as much as possible, and I have found a lot of bicycle single track in the area so I am thinking that I need something that will take a beating but I am also going to see how much I ride it, before i start putting money into it
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:25 PM   #26727
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I have an older 22" chromoly Rockhopper frame and about 15-20 bikes under a tarp in my backyard. I can probably throw something together that would work well for you once the snow melts. I'm 6'4" and know how hard it can be finding bikes that fit right. I have $20 in the frame, and maybe another $60 for tires and cables. Just an option.

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i will keep that in mind
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:46 PM   #26728
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i will keep that in mind
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that would be an excellent way to dip your feet in. those older rockhoppers were nearly indestructable frames, and a reasonably well sorted 'bitsa-bike' (bitsa this, bitsa that) like it sounds like he'll be putting together will be just fine.

its a hardtail (no rear suspension), and probably has a older suspension fork which is at least as good a fork as anything you'll get on a $500 newer bike.

if you're really getting into it and find the hard tail is too much of a limitation, start saving up those nickels so you can get a nice full suspension disk brake bike down the road. I have a Stumpjumper FSR Disc here I'm not riding anymore, but its a M and is a little too small for me, and I'm 6' tall.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:04 PM   #26729
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Get the rockhoppa!

Also don't be afraid to order a nice new frame that's sized for you and then build it up with used parts.



Back in the saddle today myself. Got my first race picked out in March, the St. Patrick's Day Du. 3 mi run/18 mi bike/3 mi run. Round about February it'll be time to start throwing bricks.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:10 AM   #26730
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Getting used to this whole winter riding thing.
Thinking about studded tires on a old wheel set to swap out when it gets nasty.
Staying surprisingly warm on my commute

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