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    Entry Level MTB

    I am looking to start mountain biking and am starting to look at bikes. I am currently overwhelmed.

    I would like to stay in the $600 range. I am 6'1'' with long legs. I am leaning towards the Giant Revel 29er1 or the Trek Marlin but have looked at Haro, Specialized, and Cannondale.

    Any input? I am a complete newb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dabears32 View Post
    I am looking to start mountain biking and am starting to look at bikes. I am currently overwhelmed.

    I would like to stay in the $600 range. I am 6'1'' with long legs. I am leaning towards the Giant Revel 29er1 or the Trek Marlin but have looked at Haro, Specialized, and Cannondale.

    Any input? I am a complete newb.
    I would go with the Trek Marlin if I had to choose from the ones you posted. Great bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max24 View Post
    I would go with the Trek Marlin if I had to choose from the ones you posted. Great bike.
    Thanks I am open to other suggestions as well

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    +1 for Trek Marlin. Should be within your price range I got a '13 Marlin a few months back for $550 at my LBS.

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    Re: Entry Level MTB

    +1 again for marlin lol.

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    For 600$ I would go for a used bike, you will get a better quality bike for the price just make sure you test the bike before you buy it I got a 2012 Kona Mahuna for 550$ on kijiji

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardtailrider2013 View Post
    For 600$ I would go for a used bike, you will get a better quality bike for the price just make sure you test the bike before you buy it I got a 2012 Kona Mahuna for 550$ on kijiji
    I dont think I know enough about bikes (or know anyone who does) to go the used route.

    e.g I have no clue what a good used price would be on this. It looks to be in good shape but I cannot really tell.

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    It looks realy clean how much does he ask for it?

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    It says considering reasonable offers. I think I would need a knowledgeable acquaintance before i considered it.

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    I would ask 400 it's a 2007 where do you live I could check on craigslist for you !

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    Another noob question.

    If a fork says 80 mm travel, will the suspension actually move that much? If not how far does it move and if so how much weight should be applied to test it?

    Thanks

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    I've a 100mm of travel on my fork but it gives me about 50mm but it depends on the quality of the forks probably

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    +1 again for the marlin,a great bike

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    Re: Entry Level MTB

    I have 100mm forks and can get full travel no problem. It's about how they are set up and ur weight, the less you weigh the more it takes for full suspension travel. Hence light weight guys, soft springs or low air pressure (air forks), big guys firm spring or high air pressure

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    Snce you are a new rider as you say, I recommend a new bike. This will allow you to establish a good relationship wi a shop and will give you the opportunity to try a few different bikes.
    As for value, you are going to get a similar quality bike for the price you are looking, regardless of brand. Its not like one company puts a fox fork on a $600 bike and the rest are suntour....get the one that feels the best and fits good.
    When you get the bike, leave $30 in the budget to get the Park Tools bike maintenance book. This will give you an opportunity to learn how to work on your bike so that if you like the sport, you can save time and money...
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