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    I don't know what to tell him.Help!

    A friend of mine is looking at getting into mountain biking.He doesn't have any LBS,nearest one is 2hrs away.He has been looking at bikesdirect for some options.He would be riding trails,gravel,pavement,rocks,etc .His budget is $500-$600 max.I know that a hardtail would be his best bet in that price range,but I have no idea as to what to tell him to look at.He's 6"-6'1" 210lbs.Any recommendations on what he should look at with the options to upgrade later if he decides? I know he should ride some to get a feel for them,but he can't.

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    Here are his BD choices:
    2011 Fantom 29er Trail $599.95 (Send e-mail to BD for sizing help. 29ers are different)
    2011 DS (FS) $595.00 (See BD sizing chart)
    2010 Fantom Trail (HT) $595.00 (See BD sizing chart)
    2011 600 DS (FS) $549.95 (See BD sizing chart)
    Or he can try Craigslist, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neweyess
    Here are his BD choices:
    2011 Fantom 29er Trail $599.95 (Send e-mail to BD for sizing help. 29ers are different)
    2011 DS (FS) $595.00 (See BD sizing chart)
    2010 Fantom Trail (HT) $595.00 (See BD sizing chart)
    2011 600 DS (FS) $549.95 (See BD sizing chart)
    Or he can try Craigslist, etc.
    Thanks for the info.I'll let him know.I'm not sure if he wants/needs a 29er or not.

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    I had to put this bike up there, the more you spend now the less you'll spend later on upgrades, you get more bike for less by spending the money now.
    Buy Zen and the art of Mountain Bike Maintance to help with fitting the bike and keeping it rolling,, good luck and Happy Trails..
    A 29 might be a good choice for him.

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...tom_comp08.htm

    here are all the 29s get the best one you can afford now, to avoid upgradeidis later.
    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/29er_bikes.htm

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    thats it, I have a older edition, thats the newest one,, great book and with no LBS around a must have. Good Luck
    Sounds like someone should open a LBS up there..

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    The 700HT for $499 is a great deal, good basic bike that can be upgraded as needed.

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