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just looking to pick up a mountain bike for excercise im not jumping off any mountains im just gona be riding on paved bike trails and in the street....

im looking for a mountain bike between the 200-400 dollar range. which bike do you feel is the best bang for the buck

looking for the most solid bike in my price range and im not really trying to upgrade anything

heres some i had in mind


http://www.sportsauthority.com/prod...=3927370&cp=3077627.2712462&parentPage=family

http://www.sportsauthority.com/prod...=3807052&cp=3077627.2712462&parentPage=family

http://www.sportsauthority.com/prod...n=Brand|Mongoose&lmdn=Brand&parentPage=family

http://bicyclehabitat.com/product/specialized-hardrock-57501-1.htm

http://bicyclehabitat.com/product/gary-fisher-mako-60991-1.htm


any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated
 

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Well..

If you are sticking to the streets and bike paths, spend your money on something else. You may be better served with a nice used road bike. Possibly a hybrid or something. Again, assuming you will be spending ~95% of your time on paved surfaces, forget about the knobby tires, suspension fork, and rear suspension. You'll be happier without all the offroad stuff on the road.
Go to a bike shop, ask questions, and get sized for a proper fit. Check Craiglist, for $200-400, you should be able to find a decent bike better suited for your needs.
Always, Caveat Emptor. Ask questions, take the bike to a shop and get it checked out.
Good luck.
 

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I'd definitely buy from a bike shop (like bicycle habitat) not Sports Authority.

If it were me, I'd go for the hardrock (but see if you can get a disc model in your price range on closeout).
 

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I agree that a mountain bike is not the best option for the type of riding you describe, but from the options you posted I would avoid the dual suspension. It will be heavier and probably not very functional. I used to have a K2 Zed from a few years ago that I was pretty happy with. It would be hard to go wrong with the Fisher or the Hardrock.
 

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sup dood

I can strongly recommend the Haro Steel Reserve 1.1 I did test ride one and it is a great handling, great looking, nearly indestructible machine. Not the lightest bike on the block but everything else is great. I'm kind of stuck on this topic (so maybe I should do it myself) but the 1.1 with the cromoly front fork has enough room for a 29r front wheel and tire. So for another one to three hundred bucks you could sixty niner the thing in ten minutes with a crescent wrench. Ride on.
 

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thanks for the opinions guys

i have an oldschool road bike at the moment and i dont really like them i was really looking into getting a mountain bike cuz i think ther a more comfortable ride
 
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