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July 1, 2015, 9:03 p.m. -  Mark Karlstrand

#!markdown Excellent article Seb, this is a topic I find on my mind more and more (especially as my kids grow closer and closer to MTB size). One bright spot of the transition away from 26″ bikes (and even 29ers to some extent) is that folks can snatch up killer bikes second hand for pennies on the dollar. That of course is likely a situation that won't repeat itself so it only helps ease entry for a relatively short period of time. As a challenge to myself a couple years back I bought a full rigid steel SS with V brakes on CL for $250 (which was a killer deal). I wanted to prove to myself that I didn't need to buy the $10K super bike I really wanted to have fun riding. I found that on all but the full on gnar I had a blast on that bike. I still want the super bike and I'll likely buy it before too long but I don't need it to have fun riding and neither do any of the kids interested in getting out there. Now how to I convince my kids they don't need a super bike if I get one:P

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