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Hey guys, apologies if this is in the wrong section, I am planning on looking at some bikes on the weekend, and need some advice on what to look for within my price range.

I used to ride a Raleigh Chill, it was a decent enough bike, but I had outgrown it, and it had a lot of issues that arose from buying a dept. store bike. I was already planning on upgrading, but that bike was stolen a couple of days ago (carelessness on my part really, I came back home for lunch, and didn't bother locking it up, the one time that I don't and someone walks off with it, lesson learned) so the upgrade decision was made rather swiftly.

I've been looking at getting a better quality bike, and would like to keep the price under $1000. If I can, I'll be picking one up on the weekend when I'm in the city, but I might have to wait on importing a model or something, so I don't know. I'm not a very serious rider, but I live very close to the rocky mountains (Alberta), and have access to a lot of trails nearby that I enjoy hitting up once in a while. Other than the trail riding, the bike will mostly be used for my commute to work. It's a 5 minute commute that I do 4 times a day, as I head home for lunch. The only time the bike will see snow is when I'm riding it to work and back, as it will be kept either inside in my front porch area, or in one of the truck hangars at work.

For those reasons, I've settled on a hardtail, and need some advice finding a good quality one. The main brands that I have looked at are Giant, Norco, and Trek (live in Canada so I'm not sure how experienced Americans are with those brands), and out of those Trek has really caught my eye.

The one bike that I've been looking at is their 4 series, here.

The other thing I needed some advice with is the frame size, I'm 5'11, I assume I would want to go with the 21.5 inch?

Summary: I need a good quality hardtail (will look at full suspension too, but I highly doubt there are any good ones in my price range) for under $1k, preferably from Norco, Giant, or Trek, although I'm open to other brands as long as they are sold in Canada.
 

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Keep in mind that the 4xxx series Trek bikes are about 2" shorter in the top tube than similarly sized Trek 6xxx series bikes. My guess is that they figure that 4xxx buyers are going to more of a 'novice' than 6xxx riders and thus might prefer a more upright riding position. I suppose that does give you options for you to consider what works best for you.
 

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The bike shop should be able to help you select the correct sized frame. At your height for the Trek model linked a 19.5 and 21 would be good sizes to test ride. You might even just fit on a 18 if you prefer a shorter top tube.
The three bands mentioned are all good brands.
For some people the shop you buy the bike from is just as important as the brand of bike you buy. A good relationship with a shop makes owning a bike a much more pleasurable experience IMHO.
 

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which city are you heading into, Calgary or Edmonton? I live in the area so may be able to point you towards a good bike shop.

All of those brands are solid but my choice is for Trek... There still should be some 2010's left over so make sure to check for that, good savings to be had
 
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