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Thinking about buying a 29er to try it out and give the freeride bike a rest sometimes. Saw some bikes online pretty cheap, some SS some not.

Any thoughts?

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I saw a 2011 Specialized RockHopper for $549 at Bike America! Seened ok for sub $600.
 

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GT Peace 9r is close to $500 when you catch them on sale at Performance and do the Team Performance thing for 10% back on the purchase.
 

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Depends on what YOU consider decent :skep: Good suggestions by other posters above, def good bikes to get a feel for 29ers, but if you consider the parts spec decent only you can decide.
 

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As mentioned, the Cliff 29 Comp is a decent bike but will leave a little bit to be desired. I bought the next level up, the Cliff 29er Pro ($700) and it's a solid ride. It's well worth the extra $200 to go with the Tora Solo Air fork, SRAM X-7's, and Juicy Five hydraulic brakes. I changed out the seatpost and that's it. The stem and bars are pretty generic, but probably the same as the lower end Ritcher/Bontrager/Specialized/Giant/etc aluminum components. So far they're working fine, so I'll replace if they start to bug me.
 

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Can you get a decent 29er for $500? I'd say not really - if you want it new with gears.

$700-$800 - now you have some decent choices.
 
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