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So i believe I have narrowed my choices down to the three bikes

Cannondale Trail SL 4
Marin Bolinas Ridge Hydro
Raleigh Talus 29er Sport

If someone could explain in layman's term the comparisons of these bikes I would greatly appreciate it

Thanks!
 

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In laymen terms go test ride them ,buy the one you like. Within a price range bikes are very alike.Buy one that fits, from a shop that supports you.
 

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Components are fairly similar on the 3 bikes.
The Cannondale and Raleigh have a little better fork.
However you can upgrade the Marin fork to the Suntour Raidon which is a much better fork than all of them for $189 shipped directly through Suntour using their upgrade program.

Really the best advice is to ride them all and see what you like. However if your budget is $889 (the price of the C-dale) I would probably lean towards the Marin and and use the money saved to take advantage of the upgrade program through Suntour and get their Raidon fork.

I am assuming you are buying from REI since all 3 of those are bikes they carry. The good news is that if you are and you don't like what you get, you can return it.
 

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You should just put an advertisement for Crosslake Sales in your sig.
Maybe they will give you a free bike for all the advertising you do for them.
 
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