I am planning on buying a mountain bike soon. Budget will be between $500 and $700 for the bike. Any recommendations what to look out for? And what about 26 versus 29? Can anyone recommend the Marin Bolinas Ridge 29er Hardtail? It is the only one I have looked at so far, but haven't test driven it yet.
Thanks for any advice/recommendation!
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Not sure if you've come across an answer yet -- my advice for new mountain bikers is to find something cheap and beat it up on the tralis for a few months before you invest in something more expensive. As I'm sure you realize by now, bikes can get expensive...fast. Good luck on your search -- you'll love the sport of mountain biking, so it's so addicting! Nothing better than a good sweat out in nature