I'm no expert, but if you are shopping at REI, consider the Marin Bayview Trail 24". It's a good 24" bike and cheaper than the Novara. I got a killer deal on the ING one (thanks to this forum) and my son is pretty happy with it right out of the box. The Marin is also lighter and has trigger shifters versus the grip shifters on the Novara. Do a quick search here on the Marin Bayview Trail to see what others are saying. Good luck with your bike hunt.
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