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While looking for a new bike I came across a 29er. I test drove a Specialized($940) and loved it. Problem is it's more than I can spend. I was wondering if I can get some other brands models that can be had in the $500-700 range(if possible). Thanks!
 

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checkout redlines- d440 and d460. i haven't ridden one personally, but heard good things and they are pretty affordable. also, be sure to just visit plenty of shops to see if they have any discounts of last year's model- probably not many 2008s around anymore, but you never know.

good luck!
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I am debating between a regular and a 29er myself.
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http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fantom_trail08.htm
29er
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fantom29_08.htm

But then some questions came up. Since i am a beginner wouldn't a 29'er be more expensive to maintain or would it even be a good idea to start of the bat on a 29er. ex. Tires/special 29er parts etc. since theres not as many 29ers out there i'm thinking that when you need to replace something it will be more expensive then replacing something on a regular 26 bike. Am i wrong?

Hopefully you had these questions too, sry not trying to hijack your thread or anything i think its in the same topic
 

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Best bang for the buck at the entry-level would be the Redlines and maybe the Performance/Price Point house brands. A bit higher up, the Gary Fisher Cobia would be one to look at.

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Dragos said:
I am debating between a regular and a 29er myself.
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fantom29_08.htm
Seems like a killer deal if you are able to set it up or have an LBS set it up for you. I bought an Outcast SS for a greenway bike and it seems to be a really sweet bike for the price. My Haro Mary MTB is steel and I have really come to appreciate the difference in the 2 rides. Although the Haro has big tires and front suspension compared to the rigid Moto with skinny hard tires, I would lean more toward steel for the smoother MTB ride if you can choose between the two at the same price point.
 

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Dragos said:
I am debating between a regular and a 29er myself.
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http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fantom_trail08.htm
29er
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fantom29_08.htm

But then some questions came up. Since i am a beginner wouldn't a 29'er be more expensive to maintain or would it even be a good idea to start of the bat on a 29er. ex. Tires/special 29er parts etc. since theres not as many 29ers out there i'm thinking that when you need to replace something it will be more expensive then replacing something on a regular 26 bike. Am i wrong?

Hopefully you had these questions too, sry not trying to hijack your thread or anything i think its in the same topic
29ers aren't more expensive to maintain. Sometimes they are cheaper, as people try it then get rid of parts on craigslist (I bought 4 near new tires for $25 once). The only non-standard parts on 29ers are the fork, wheels, tires, and tubes. All are readily available and cost no more than 26" parts.

To the OP - it will be pretty hard to find a 29er with front suspension for $700. Your best bet would be to buy a fully rigid bike like the Redline D440 and buy a Rockshox Dart 3 29er fork for $100 off Ebay - although if you can afford it I'd get a Tora instead.
 
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