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I am looking to buy my first 29er. I have a 2010 SJ FSR that I ride now, but I'd like a 29er to ride as well. I am leaning heavily towards a steel hardtail with XC style geometry. My price range is going to be $1800-1500. My top pick right now would be a Salsa El Mariachi
 

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Mariachi sounds like the ticket - if you find the right used one those are a deal, but considering who buys them you've got to be aware of what you're looking at for used ones - most are getting sold because they're underused, but the ones that get really ridden aren't much worse.
 

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I have an El Mar. Love it. Highly recommend it, especially over similarly priced aluminum bikes from the Big 3.
 
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