Originally Posted by Jetworks
That's exactly what I am looking to spend. What brands make respectable hybrids and/or mountain bikes in that range? How are the Novaras and Marins sold at REI? Are the 29ers complete overkill for street/light trail use?
I was in the market for a mountain bike last year. I was initially looking at
hardtail 29ers because I wanted to use the bike both on and off-road. I
wanted to pay anywhere from $600 to $900. After going to many local bike
shops and test riding products from Specialized, Canondale, Giant, Trek and
a few others, I ultimately purchased a full suspension Rocky Mountain
because I was able to get a great deal on it. My advice is to test ride quite
a few bikes and make sure you're fitted properly. Also, it's sometimes
difficult to compare apples to apples when bike shopping. For example, there
may be one bike you're considering that has a better quality fork than
another, but the other one may have better shifters or brakes. Do your
homework, and soon you'll know all about bicycle component brands like
Shimano, Rockshox, Suntour.