Accessibility Widget: On | Off

Buying first dh/fr bike help.

Create New Tag

6/14/2018 8:55 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/14/2018 8:56 AM

Im looking at getting my first dh/fr bike. I have two options. Im not trying to go crazy and break the bank due to my wedding/honeymoon in 3 months and then buying a house before the year is up or a little after 2019. My local bike shop has a 2016 and 2017 scott voltage fr 730, both on sale brand new for 1499.99. Ive seen these bikes being sold at mt snow and killington used for a little under 1300. (rental bikes). On the other hand I can get a well maintained (id have to inspect it first to see but pictures look good), 2011 specialized big hit 1 for 500. It does have 26in wheels. I know most bikes moved up to the 27.5 wheels so that is that something to take inconsideration? I don't want to get a 26in bike and have a hard time finding wheels, tires and tubes. What do you think the better option would be to do? And if i decide to get the scott, I would rent one out for the day before spending the 1500.


6/18/2018 10:27 PM

Of those options, the 2017 Scott Voltage FR 730 sounds like the way to go. Better resale. More modern geometry. Worthy of upgrading over time.


6/25/2018 1:58 PM

I would recommend the Scott as well. It will hold better value and has better components. You'll get good very quickly and will want a different bike very soon. Happens everytime. Happy riding.


6/28/2018 11:20 AM

It's a damn shame that Scott stopped selling that bike in America.

The Voltage makes a ton of sense for a ton of people. There is a large group of riders that don't want to destroy their trail/enduro bike in the bike park and simply want a fun, functional, cost-effective park bike to smash around.


6/28/2018 7:48 PM

Despite 26 inch still rocks, Scott Voltage is the way to go. Parts are hard to come by for 26 inch bikes. You will get better value in the long run. But if you're on a limited budget, just pick up the specialized. Freeride bikes are indestructible anyway.