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okay lets say i am going to have to scrape change for my budget to be 900, so if its a good buy i would buy the motobecane pro 29er. It does have nicer parts than say the Jamis and Specialized bikes i have seen here locally but they are costing 900 plus tax.

Is it worth it to stick with the local guys seeing that they would be more willing to help out with future problems, though the premium price tag, or would the motobecane be good for a cheaper price and better components?
or should i just build my own, how hard is that, i am a novice when it comes to mountain biking but have a friend that is more knowledgeable.

things to consider, i am a large guy 6'3 1/2 upper 200's but in the proces of losing weight, goal is 250, i will be hitting the trails with my friend here eventually.
 

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I was in the same boat as you recently. I eventually decided on the Diamondback Overdrive. I'm supposed to pick it up this Sunday actually. Since you mentioned Specialized, you might want to ask your local dealer how soon they can get ahold of the 2010 Hardrock 29ers. The shop near me already has one. It's stickered for $600. Just a few more suggestions to confuse your situation. I'm new to the whole scene so I'm sure someone will be along shortly to give you some better options.
 

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I have to say the motobecane pro is a great kit for the money. If youre not real comfotable working on thebike yourself I would say that buying locally would be a great Idea but Id say your better off geting the motobecane and just sharpen your mechanical skills and work on your bike yourself there are plenty of great folks here willing to help if you had any questions.
 

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jerjon7 said:
things to consider, i am a large guy 6'3 1/2 upper 200's but in the proces of losing weight, goal is 250, i will be hitting the trails with my friend here eventually.
No offense but the chances you breaking components and getting wheels out of true are high. Dealing with a (good) local shop will be much easier.
 
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