My buddy chris in CA told me about bikes direct. com and I don't really know anything about the site.
I've always bought Trek because of the LBS here in Peachtree City, GA has great guys, but the website my buddy told me to check out seems like it has really good prices.
Most of the bikes are a brand called Motobecane and windor.
I'm a noob (to mtb, but have been on the road for a long time) and don't know a lot about getting started.
I'd like to stay at 5 bills or so, and most of the riding I want to do is trails, not the intense stuff. I just need a good bike that can get me down dirt, trails, grass, some sand, gravel, etc. Some light climbing and dropping. No airs. Just cut-throughs in the woods of GA.