NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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You should probably be looking at a XC hartail. For $750 you can get a very decent bike. One that is an "Entry level RACE bike". IOW, it will have a more "race oriented" geometry and will have a decent suspension fork. It may or may not have disc brakes, but discs are NOT necessary. I'd stick with linear pull (Vee) brakes. All the major brands will have a good bike in your price range. I personally like the Specialized brand, but TREK, Gary Fisher, GIANT, K2, Iron Horse, Haro, Rocky Moutain, Kona...etc. are all good.
Visit as many bike shops as possible and test ride as many different bikes as you can. The more you test ride, the more you'll know what you like and don't like. Narrow it down to 2 or 3 and buy the one that is the most comfortable.
Good Luck & L8R
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