I'm a teacher at a small independent boarding school in California. Recently I have been approved to research starting a mountain biking program as an after school activity for next year. With the start up we want to buy a small fleet of bikes, probably about 12, for those that don't have their own bikes or those that have WalMart bikes. I'm looking for some advice on what you think I should look for in a good quality durable entry level mountain bike and if you have any specific recommendations for a make or model.
We will be doing daily rides on the roads around school and on some local easy dirt roads. Weekends, and when the days are long, we will ride local trails.
Part of the curriculum will be teaching basic bike maintenance. As such the model should be fairly easy to work on (thinking no FS)
As you can imagine there is significant cost to getting this program off the ground. We have a couple of different funding streams but we need to be as price conscious as possible while still having bikes that will hold up to years of abuse. As well as purchasing helmets, gloves and other assorted gear.
So far here is what I am thinking:
Hard tail 29'ers
-Variety of size options ?
-Something that doesn't have any funky or one of a kind parts.
Also, if you know of any way to get a wholesale price on the bikes as a package purchase that would be awesome.
Any advice you have is welcome especially if you have experience with a HS MTB program.
Thanks in advance,
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