Mountain Bike Suggestions?

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  1. Wayne

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    Gonna pick myself up a decent entry-level mountain bike here shortly, there is a huge bike sale every year, and before I go there an get overwhelmed by shiny things...figured you guys might have some insight into good ones and bad ones to watch out for.

    Considering a hard tail, 27.5/29", prefer hydraulic disc brakes over mechanical, prefer 24+ speeds, definately less than $1000 all in.

    Use mainly on light wooded trails, parks, woods roads, canada trail, etc

    To give an example of ones I am researching online at this point:
    Certainly not limited to any specific brand or store, these are on my radar because I seen them before last year at the show.
     
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    Glad to see you are not looking at any rear suspension units.
    I have always had Norco and love them.
    I have always really liked the Trek bikes but I do not have a lot of experience on one.
     
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    I'm more of a road bike person myself but I would drop the Norco off your list from the start. They are more known for cheap over quality and not something I would want to invest money in. Personally, I love Specialized builds. I know some folks who work in their Engineering department and they are completely focussed on quality and pushing the envelope. Trek also has a great reputation and seems more popular in the Maritimes so you may have more luck with service and knowledge there.
     
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    Ha. Didn't see Gooch's post when I posted.
     
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    I have the Giant Talon 29er, few year old model and love it
     
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    IIRC the Specialized Rockhopper 29er I tried last year felt the best, it was $649 from $849 during the bike sale. I should have pulled the trigger then but didn't want to just buy the first thing shiny I liked without research...and then never actually bought one of any kind :(
     
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    I bought a Trek Marlin 6 two seasons ago. Hard tail, 29er, hydraulic brakes. Pretty big fan for the price. The front fork makes me wish my budget had been higher when I get it into gnarly stuff, but for 90% of the riding I do, it’s great.
     
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    if you are looking to get into more technical riding, you might find the 27.5 to be a little better. The 29 will roll over everything but in single track stuff you will find the 27.5 more maneuverable.
     
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    Yeah, dont think I am getting into too much track stuff this year, but pumped to go bike shopping next month.

    Keeping the budget low because if I use it enough I will upgrade, if not then I am not out a lot of cash... although $1000 is a lot of cash still lol.
     
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    You should be able to get a decent hard tail for that. Have you checked out pinkbike?
     
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    Never heard of it, just likely gonna buy from local bike shop. Lots of friends swear by them and their service.
     
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    Its a reputable biking site. They have a great buy and sell section.
     
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    For the record, ended up buying a Norco Storm 1 ($699 after sale plus a multibike purchase, reg $1049). Felt the best, had better parts. Wife got a women's Specialized Rockhopper.
     
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    does she hop rocks?
     

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