Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Wichita KS USA
Bikes: Surly Crosscheck w Nexus 8 drivetrain set up as a commuter/tourer. Old and quick '89 Trek 1200. 08 Fisher Cobia 29er
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I have slightly lesser components and they work brilliantly from my very limited experience (I'm a MTB noob with road experience too).
If you're new to MTBs, I would at least find some bikes with similar geometry to test ride and be sure of the size. I bought a bike a bit smaller than I would have, if I had taken advice from bikes direct. Ride a bunch of brands and setups. I ended up getting something I had not even considered initally after a lot of test rides.
I've seen positive reviews of these
around too, as far as online brands go. the guy who moderates this forum seems to not like the Motobecane frames, although I've not seen specifics as to why.