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    First Mountain Bike Purchase

    I am looking to purchase my first entry level 29er mountain bike. Have done some research, and being in Canada with a limited my selection I have narrowed my search to the following. Could you please let me know your recommendations and why (will help me understand better).
    Many Thanks!!

    Marin Bolinas Ridge 29er 29er Hardtail

    $550

    Frame Marin double-butted 6061 aluminum
    Fork SR Suntour XCM-LO-29, 100mm-travel
    Rims/Wheels Alex TD-25
    Hubs Formula aluminum
    Spokes 14g stainless-steel
    Tires Geax Saguaro, 29 x 2.2
    Crankset SR Suntour XCR
    Chainrings 44/32/22
    Front Derailleur Shimano Acera
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio
    Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 9-speed: 11-34
    Shifters Shimano Acera
    Handlebars Marin double-butted aluminum
    Tape/Grips Marin extra dual-density
    Stem Forged aluminum
    Brake Levers Tektro HDC 300
    Brakes Tektro HDC 300 hydraulic disc, 7/6-inch rotors
    Pedals Aluminum
    Saddle Marin Comp mountain
    Seatpost Aluminum micro-adjust


    DiamondBack overDrive

    $450

    Frame Overdrive 29" Butted 6061-T6 Aluminum w/ Formed Top / Down Tube, machined headtube, forged drop outs w/replaceable hanger, for V-Brake
    Fork SR Suntour XCT 100mm travel, 28.6mm stanchions
    Rear Shock N/A
    Cranks SR Suntour XCC-202, 22/32/42t
    Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
    F. Derailleur Shimano TX50 dual pull, Top swing, 34.9
    R. Derailleur Shimano Altus 7spd
    Shifter Shimano EF-51 Easyfire 7spd
    Brake Levers Shimano integrated lever
    Brakes Promax Alloy Linear
    Gear Shimano HG20 7spd Cassette (12-28t)
    Rims 32h Weinmann SL-7 Doublewall
    Tires WTB Wolverine Comp 29x2.2
    Pedals MTB Resin 9/16"
    Handlebar DB Lazer Series 31.8mm low rise
    Stem DB AL6061 Ahead 7° 31.8mm
    Seatpost DB Lazer Series Micro Adjust 30.9mm
    Seat DB Race saddle
    Headset Integrated FSA Drop-in ACB upper, Zero Stack lower internal cup and cartridge bearing, 1 1/8"
    Colors Black
    Chain KMC-Z51
    Hubset (F) 32h SL-7 Alloy QR (R) 32h SL-7 Alloy Cassette QR
    Spokes Black 14g Stainless Steel
    Grips DB4L 135mm Kraton
    GT Karakoram 4.0 29R Satin Black 2013

    $599

    Specifications:

    · Frame: NEW 29" Hydroformed 6061 T6™ Aluminum Frame, w/ Triple Triangle™, Replaceable Derailleur Hanger, Disc Brake Mounts, and Zerostack 1 1/8" Head Tube
    · Fork: SR Suntour XCT-MLO w/ 100mm Travel, 29", Steel Stanchions, Aluminum Leg, Post Mount Disc Brake, Mechanical Lockout, QR
    · Crank: SR Suntour Nex-T102-Pb, 42/34/24T
    · Bottom Bracket: Tange Sealed
    · Rear Derailleur: Shimano, Alivio, RD-M430
    · Front Derailleur: Shimano Altus, FD-M190
    · Shifters: Shimano Sl-M310, Rapid Fire
    · Cog Set: Shimano CS-HG31-8, 11-32T, 8-Speed Cassette
    · Rims: Alex TD19, Double Wall, 32H
    · Hubs: All Terra Alloy Disc, W/ Quick Release
    · Brake: Tektro Novela Cable Disc, W/ 160mm Rotor



    GT Timberline 1.0 Chrome 29R 2013

    $499

    Specifications:

    · Frame: GT Tachyon compact geometry Speed Metal™ aluminum frame with Butted and hydroformed (TT,DT), Internal cable routing, forged drop-outs, all braze ons, replaceable derailleur hanger
    · Fork: SR Suntour XCT w/ 80mm Travel, 29", QR
    · Crank: Suntour XCC T102 42/34/24T
    · Bottom Bracket: Cartridge Sealed
    · Rear Derailleur: Shimano Acera, RD-M360
    · Front Derailleur: Shimano TX51
    · Shifters: Shimano EF-51 EZ Fire Plus, 8 Speed
    · Cog Set: Shimano CS-HG31-8, 11-32T, 8-Speed Cassette
    · Rims: Alex Ace 24, Double Wall, 32H
    · Hubs: Alloy QR
    · Brake: Promax Forged Caliper Cable Disc W/ 160mm Rotor

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    The recommendion is buy the that fits you ,within a price range bike are a lot alike.Test ride them if can .Choose which one because you like it,for any reason.Read the header on this page.

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    I'd drop the 7 speed freewheel bike, the freewheels are difficult to maintain.

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    not sure if you have any around you but you could also check out REI.com they have quite a few nice bikes in your price range as well. You can usually find a coupon code or if you sign up to be a member i believe you can save quite a few bucks.

    Also, check out your LBS and ride them all. ride them twice even and pick the one the feels the best to you.

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    Could someone please let me know what is a better bike from a technical standpoint? Thanks!

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    GT all the way. Honestly I am a complete noob and just got in to mountain biking. I just ordered the GT Timberline 1.0 29er. I found it for 399. Keep shopping and try to find a good deal.

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    In my experience GT makes a great bike for the money at entry level mtb's.

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