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    Some help for a new guy please **new bike update**

    Hey folks, I am just starting in this sport. I am new to mtn bikes but have rode bmx for years (though its been a few since I was riding). I am wanting to try mtn biking for a source off exercise and it has always looked like a absolute blast! I dot see myself ever getting into anything to rugged as far as trails go. So after reading an going to some lbs I have picked out 2 bikes i am interested in. The first is a connondale trail 5 from my lbs. Next is a hard rock sport disc 29'er (29'er sold)

    A listing just popped up about a hour from me for excellent condition 2010 Gary fiaher marlin disc. Has a 19" frame an has 30 miles on it. He is asking 400. I believe I will be picking this up tonight.

    I like them both a lot. However the trail 5 is 690 otd from my lbs and the hardrock is a lightly used 2010 model for 425.

    The bike will be ridden on the road probly 5-6 times a week (around the neighborhood or at a park) and I will hit trails anywhere 2-6 times a month. Also I am 6'0 200lbs. And as for price the trail 5 is most I can spend unfortunately.

    With what is given what would be your choice. If you need any other info just ask. Thanks in advance. I also apologize if this is in the wrong section.
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    I'd go with the Hardrock

    If you have test ridden both bikes, and they both fit and feel comfortable, I'd go with the Hardrock. Both bikes are decent bikes for a first bike, but I like the SRAM drivetrain components and the Avid BB5 brakes on the Hardrock. Also, you're saving yourself some money, and I think you're getting better bang for your buck, provided it's in very good condition.

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    The 29er, if you’re going to be trail riding at all. Better component specs, too.

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    Okay. So does 425 seem like a fair price. The bike is in excellent condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGguns View Post
    Okay. So does 425 seem like a fair price. The bike is in excellent condition.
    I think so.

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    Just got in touch with the seller and he has sold the the hardrock. He replied that he has a excellent condition 2009 Gary fisHer marlin disc he would sell for 450. It has a 17.5" frame. My buddy has a the same bike with a bigger frame and I like it a lot. I just don't know the specifics. I actually think I would like this better than the hard rock. But not sure if the 17.5" frame is to small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGguns View Post
    Just got in touch with the seller and he has sold the the hardrock. He replied that he has a excellent condition 2009 Gary fisHer marlin disc he would sell for 450. It has a 17.5" frame. My buddy has a the same bike with a bigger frame and I like it a lot. I just don't know the specifics. I actually think I would like this better than the hard rock.
    I'm 6'1 190 lbs and ride a 19.5 (large) frame 29er. I think the 17.5 may be a bit small for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by torreyaz View Post
    I'm 6'1 190 lbs and ride a 19.5 (large) frame 29er. I think the 17.5 may be a bit small for you.
    I am thinking the same.

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    That sounds like a pretty decent deal. Look over the frame carefully and make sure there's no cracks.

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    A listing just popped up about a hour from me for excellent condition 2010 Gary fiaher marlin disc. Has a 19" frame an has 30 miles on it. He is asking 400. I believe I will be picking this up tonight provided it does not sell first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGguns View Post
    A listing just popped up about a hour from me for excellent condition 2010 Gary fiaher marlin disc. Has a 19" frame an has 30 miles on it. He is asking 400. I believe I will be picking this up tonight provided it does not sell first.
    Is it a 29er?

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    Quote Originally Posted by torreyaz View Post
    Is it a 29er?
    No i don't believe so. Haven't seen pics an it didn't mention it was. If it what I am thinking my buddy had the same bike an I really like his. But until today I was not able to find a used one.

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    If you like it, go for it. Personally I would spend a little more and opt for a 29er. There is a BIG difference ( no pun intended) in off road ride quality between a 29er and a 26er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGguns View Post
    No i don't believe so. Haven't seen pics an it didn't mention it was. If it what I am thinking my buddy had the same bike an I really like his. But until today I was not able to find a used one.
    If you like the 29er, wait for one. No regrets that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malibu412 View Post
    If you like the 29er, wait for one. No regrets that way.
    I like them both, I haven't ridden a 29'er on any type of terrain to see if I would like it more but just test riding I really didn't have much of a preference. The only thing I could say from the few minutes I have been on a 29'er is it didn't seem like I could man handle the bike as much haha. And coming from a bmx'ing back ground I tend to do that a lot. I know I like the marlin from riding my buddy's so I think that what I am gonna go with. I would like to try out a 29'er but for now the the marlin will suit my needs I believe.

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