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Got some new flats on the bike so I headed over to Clinton Nature Preserve. Did a short 5.5 miles of single track. Love the new pedals but forgot I added the new grips too and didn't bring the right Allen key to adjust them. Had a front end wash coming out of a double offset through an off camber exit a little too hot and managed to push the front but somehow stayed upright as I hit the underbrush .Nice little pucker moment....lol
 
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I am looking at getting a mountain bike soon. Any recommendations for a decent entry level bike?

I have looked at the giant and a couple other brands in the $500 range
 

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I am looking at getting a mountain bike soon. Any recommendations for a decent entry level bike?

I have looked at the giant and a couple other brands in the $500 range
I'm on a 2016 Giant Talon 3, which is now the 2 . The folks up at Roswell bikes were awesome to deal with, even put me with it on a trainer to get all the adjustments set. I prefer the hardtail, more pedal efficient, less maintenance, lighter weight. If I was bombing big downhills or over 50, I'd probably go full squish, but I'm not there yet. Been on it for 3 years now and still no regerts!...lol
 
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I'm on a 2016 Giant Talon 3, which is now the 2 . The folks up at Roswell bikes were awesome to deal with, even put me with it on a trainer to get all the adjustments set. I prefer the hardtail, more pedal efficient, less maintenance, lighter weight. If I was bombing big downhills or over 50, I'd probably go full squish, but I'm not there yet. Been on it for 3 years now and still no regerts!...lol
I checked out a shop in atlanta awhile back and the giant felt great riding around the parking lot.

I am pretty much looking to get a decent bike to learn how to peddle again. So I am not looking to spend a crap ton.

I am going to check a local shop this week to see what they have for deals.
 

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I checked out a shop in atlanta awhile back and the giant felt great riding around the parking lot.

I am pretty much looking to get a decent bike to learn how to peddle again. So I am not looking to spend a crap ton.

I am going to check a local shop this week to see what they have for deals.
If you're talking about Cycology, they're fairly limited...I think pretty much specialized is what they carry but I haven't been in there in a while. When picking a bike, spend the money on a quality framed bike. The components you can upgrade as you get better and break them...lol. A higher end frame with lower grade or entry level components is where in would start. Just make sure you feel comfortable, I prefer to feel likr I'm in the bike than on the bike.
 
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Given the direction the industry is moving there are 2 things personally I would avoid as they're becoming less common

1. absolutely avoid square taper bottom brackets

2. (Optional) Straight neck tubes...get the tapered neck tube, when you're ready to upgrade you're forks, you'll be happy you did .

Through axles are a personal choice in my opinion, they're stiffer and more responsive, but until you hit competitive skill levels, i say quick releases are fine. They give a little, but you won't notice much unless you start getting hardcore.
 
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I checked out a shop in atlanta awhile back and the giant felt great riding around the parking lot.

I am pretty much looking to get a decent bike to learn how to peddle again. So I am not looking to spend a crap ton.

I am going to check a local shop this week to see what they have for deals.
I have a Marin 29er that I bought like 5 years ago. It has been a good bike and I haven’t been able to break anything on it.
 
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@Cudruln Do you know about the Silver Comet Mountain Bike Side Trail? It starts in downtown Hiram at the caboose and heads west on the south (left) side of the paved trail. there is blue blazing marking the different segments.
Here's some links to the info:

https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7004551/silver-comet-side-trail

https://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/silver-comet-mtb-side-trails.html

Download the Singletracks app and the MTB Project app
great apps for when you're on the trail. one may have better info than the other depending on which trail you're on.
 
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I am looking at getting a mountain bike soon. Any recommendations for a decent entry level bike?

I have looked at the giant and a couple other brands in the $500 range
If you’re looking to get into something in the $500 range I’d seriously consider bikesdirect.com. I’ve bought at least 3-4 bikes from them. If you’ve got a quality made frame, then it’s all about components. You can get any combination of components under the sun. A $500 Motobecane from bikesdirect will get you the same component setup you’d get on a $1200 trek. I don’t ride seriously but ride from time to time with some guys that do. They’d tell you I ride a cheap bike when I show up on my $1800 GT Zaskar that I got for about $1200 when they were making way for next years models.

This is probably about as good as it gets in that price range. This would be an excellent starter bike. You’ll probably want to upgrade that suntour fork at some point, but the shimano components will get you down the trail reliably for quite some time.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/29er-mountain-bikes/fantom-29er-trail-mtb-tcs-xvi.htm

Hydraulic disc brakes, shimano drivetrain, remote lockout on the fork, the tubeless tire combo are all things you just don’t get on $500 bikes.
 
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