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well how much can you afford?

Don't forget helmet, cycling shoes, clipless pedals, glasses? if you want...

Helmet is the most important there, everything else comes after.

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I'm still looking around, trying to learn.

Would a front suspension be sufficient for a starter? (I weigh 95KG)

 

For now I would like to go around 4K for the bike.

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Over 30 years old go for dual 26er. Also agree go for the best you can afford if the bug bites upgrade cost or selling and buying something better is going to hurt. Sorry didnt see the 4k budget.

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Over 30 years old go for dual 26er.....

 

From where did you suck that pearl of wisdom out?

 

What happens when you turn 30?

 

Do you lose the ability to ride a hardtail?

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Over 30 years old go for dual 26er. Also agree go for the best you can afford if the bug bites upgrade cost or selling and buying something better is going to hurt.

Thats such a load of.... Get a hard tail and ride it till your back breaks then go for soft tail. Unfortunately for R4K you not going to find anything worth while. Double that and buy yourself a good second hand bike that would have cost R15k new. Trust me, I bought a R12k bike new and a year later spent almost double that. When the bug bites u keep wanting to upgrade. Mmm what will santa bring me this Christmas?

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From where did you suck that pearl of wisdom out?

 

What happens when you turn 30?

 

Do you lose the ability to ride a hardtail?

Oooooooooooh, nou het julle die (ander) oom omgekrap.

 

But I feel you. It is like people expect you to turn over and rot once you turn 30'ish.

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From where did you suck that pearl of wisdom out?

 

What happens when you turn 30?

 

Do you lose the ability to ride a hardtail?

 

Oh please if you been riding all your life then hardtail is fine. Everyone of my friends who bought hardtails are sorry they did. Most have moved to duals at a cost. If you racing snake and worried about weight then go hard tail if you want enjoy your riding in comfort then go dual.... period. Have you guys ever ridden a dual? I had a hardtail and will never go back. I see both you guys are from Gauteng remember there are no mountains there. LOL Dual might help with the potholes.

 

I didn't lose my ability to ride a hardtail....... I have a road bike.w00t.gif

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Thats such a load of.... Get a hard tail and ride it till your back breaks then go for soft tail. Unfortunately for R4K you not going to find anything worth while. Double that and buy yourself a good second hand bike that would have cost R15k new. Trust me, I bought a R12k bike new and a year later spent almost double that. When the bug bites u keep wanting to upgrade. Mmm what will santa bring me this Christmas?

 

So he should ride untill his back breaks on a hardtail why not just go dual from the beginning and not worry about your back.

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So he should ride untill his back breaks on a hardtail why not just go dual from the beginning and not worry about your back.

Simple, for a budget of 4K he can get a "rigid" softail that weighs more than the moon.

Age has got nothing to do with what kind of bike you should get.

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Oh please if you been riding all your life then hardtail is fine. Everyone of my friends who bought hardtails are sorry they did. Most have moved to duals at a cost. If you racing snake and worried about weight then go hard tail if you want enjoy your riding in comfort then go dual.... period. Have you guys ever ridden a dual? I had a hardtail and will never go back. I see both you guys are from Gauteng remember there are no mountains there. LOL Dual might help with the potholes.

 

I didn't lose my ability to ride a hardtail....... I have a road bike.w00t.gif

Actually, have a house in centurion and cape town and believe me, if you ever rode here, you would be off the back in no time. Cape town is flat compared to jozi. You might climb a mountain once or twice in CT but here we have hills that go on and on and on. A dual is like riding a fat chick, the constant wave of up and down while getting motion sickness while always wanting the excitement and responsiveness of a catherine zeta jones or a salma hayak.

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Oh please if you been riding all your life then hardtail is fine. Everyone of my friends who bought hardtails are sorry they did. Most have moved to duals at a cost. If you racing snake and worried about weight then go hard tail if you want enjoy your riding in comfort then go dual.... period. Have you guys ever ridden a dual? I had a hardtail and will never go back. I see both you guys are from Gauteng remember there are no mountains there. LOL Dual might help with the potholes.

 

I didn't lose my ability to ride a hardtail....... I have a road bike.w00t.gif

I started riding at 39 and ride a 26" hardtail. I don't like the feel of a dual susser (yes - I have

ridden them). So this is as much nonsense as the post to which you are replying.

 

My opinion: try both and see which you prefer.

 

The duals are plusher, but the hardtails harder (if that makes sense!) and more responsive, also

cheaper and slightly easier to maintain. I prefer a bike I can "feel". A dual susser to me feels like

a bouncy Honda Goldwing, whereas I prefer my Ducati. Both have their purposes and you need to

decide for yourself.

 

Ditto for the 26er vs 29er argument...

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I started riding at 39 and ride a 26" hardtail. I don't like the feel of a dual susser (yes - I have

ridden them). So this is as much nonsense as the post to which you are replying.

 

My opinion: try both and see which you prefer.

 

The duals are plusher, but the hardtails harder (if that makes sense!) and more responsive, also

cheaper and slightly easier to maintain. I prefer a bike I can "feel". A dual susser to me feels like

a bouncy Honda Goldwing, whereas I prefer my Ducati. Both have their purposes and you need to

decide for yourself.

 

Ditto for the 26er vs 29er argument...

 

I always advise people new to the sport to go for a hardtail first. Duallies are very forgiving. Learn the skills you need on a hardtail first then upgrade later should your riding develop to the stage where you're riding more technical stuff more often and for longer.

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Great answers, thanks

 

Of what it looks like to me, going dual has its advantages (if you are a frequent biker and have already got the nack of riding very rough trails)

In this case, where I am a beginner and need to still learn these things, a hardtail will probably be a better buy (and most probably cheaper), which will then, if the bug bites, be less of a loss when I upgrade, as I havent spend too much on the starter bike. By looking at the prices in the classifieds, I would be able to pick up a decent hardtail for around my pricerange.

 

C21

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