Bear with me here, I'm new to this stuff.
So some background on what I'm actually asking and my options. I've never mountain biked before but I want to get into it. I work at a sport chalet so I can get the Marin Palisades Trail for $480 through a prodeal normal retail on it is close to $1000. I could get the Marin Pine Mountain 29er for $800 but I that is out of my price range and more than I want to spend on my first mountain bike anyway.
So my real questions are, how great are 29ers really? Is there a 29er someone could recommend that I could pick up for closer to $500 retail? and do you think it would be better than getting the Palisades? Or is my best bet really the Palisades for the money?
Also I do want a mountain bike, but I want it to be decent on the street as well, I've already thought of having a separate pair of street tires for that purpose. What should I look for in a mountain bike that would contribute well to the street as well?
Thanks for any and all help on this decision.
edit: Oh and I am 6'3" about 210lbs
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