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I'm looking for some advice on my first mountain bike. I'm looking for something around or just above entry level for around $400. I've looked at the Trek 4500 for $400, the Fuji Nevada 4.0 for $300, and the Jamis Ranger SX 2.0 ($330) or SX 1.0 ($290) or Cross Country 1.0 ($375). I'll probably primarily be doing rails to trails kind of rides, at least at first. I have a road bike background (I currently ride a Cervelo P2K on the road), and don't know much about mountain bikes. Also, anyone know anything about the RockShox Judy and the Rock Shox Dart 1. Those are on the Trek and I'm finding mixed reviews on their quality. Thanks for any help?
 

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How about the Forge Sawback 5xx i own one and it rides like a dream. I use it mainly as a commuter but I have hit the trails on it a few times (now that my XTC composite is gone it will be my "meantime bike" since im getting surgery and might as well wait to buy a new bike) and I was pleasantly surprised. Talk to Mike at CS if you have any problems because hes the best.
 

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Yo i crash, I agree... I had the 5xx for a few months and really like the bike. I even bought my wife a forge, the M Street. Hey I learned through this site that you can google "target coupons" and apply to your sale on line. it worked for me and i got an extra 10% off.
 

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I picked up my first Jamis Dakar a few months ago and love everything about the bike.I spent a few more dollars then looking to,but i went for a FS bike though.The bike feels like it was made to fit me.Better than any of my Treks,or Specilizes did.
 
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