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    Best mountain bike for $500-$700

    Need some input.

    I'm looking for a new mountain bike in this price range.
    I want something I can bust out offroad stuff with, but also something I can ride on the road with (if I feel like it).

    Any suggestions? Looking for something versatile

    I am located in Ontario Canada

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    I have heard that the shipping to Canada from most is very high. So you might be best going to your LBS and talking to them. They usually have what you want in the price range you can afford and you wont have to pay for shipping.
    Below are a could of liks to help you out.
    Good luck.

    Airborne is a great choice, but I have heard the shipping to Canada is high.
    Airborne Bicycles. Guardian

    I have not heard much about the revel 29er as this is its first year being made, but it has the same frame as the Talon and it is a great bike.
    Revel 29er 0 (2013) - Bikes | Giant Bicycles | United States
    "Ideal bikes are not bought, they evolve beneath you"

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    Quote Originally Posted by jearl View Post
    I have not heard much about the revel 29er as this is its first year being made, but it has the same frame as the Talon and it is a great bike.
    Revel 29er 0 (2013) - Bikes | Giant Bicycles | United States
    Try to get a Talon 2 or maybe a 1 or a Revel, the Talon is great.

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    Find a good LBS and check them out. Better yet, find a bunch of LBS's and check them all out. Having a good mechanic assemble your bike is worth it, and they'll be able to let you test ride a few models and work out what's best for you.

    (I work at a bike shop).

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    save more money.

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    I would actually agree with the comment above...kinda. You can certainly get a decent entry level mtb for about 700, but expect that if you are truly doing trails, you will be upgrading parts fairly quickly. The range you are looking in should get you a decent frame and maybe hydraulic brakes, but expect to have terrible forks and wheels.

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    If you end up liking it and want better stuff later, it'll cost way more to upgrade to better parts than to get a decent parts group as part of new bike purchase. I made this mistake with my wife's bike. She now owns a Santa Cruz Julianna worth about $3900 when it could have cost me $1500 less to buy a decent parts kit to begin with.

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    Yes and no... In theory I agree with you , but in the case above, if you are on a budget and need a bike, it might be better to spend what you have and at least you will have a bike to ride NOW. Then you can continue to save and upgrade gradually. Also, I have done it both ways, and there is a cool element being able to build your own bike over time, just the way you want it. It's tough to find a bike at any price tht is exactly what you want right out of the box.
    Just a different perspective

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    I'm in the same boat, I opted to hunt on craigslist and found a good enough bike that will suffice for now for 200$, however I'm using this as my "beater" and i'm saving up all the spare cash I have for a high end bike later down the road.

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