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    What do you think the best mountain bike is for under $1000?

    About 10 years ago I did a lot of mountain biking, at that time I had a Gary Fisher Big Sur. Since then the majority of my bike riding has been on a paved bike trail. I am getting the urge to do more off-roading, currently I have a hybrid that definitely won't do. So I'm considering in getting a mountain bike but what do I get, hard tail, full suspension, 29er and there so many new component manufacturers and types of shifters and derailleurs. Years ago the major component manufacturer was just Shimano and they only really have three categories and now there is SRAM. I'm one to be constantly shifting so the rear derailleur is the most important.

    I'm considering a 29er as I like the bigger wheels for when I'm on a paved bike path. I'm looking at Trek, Gary Fisher, Giant, Specialized and Cannondale, and I like to spend under 1000.00 what manufacture is the best bang for the buck?

    I'm not afraid to do some aggressive riding, but none of the crazy life-threatening stuff I used to do 10 years ago, I'm 40 now!

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    40? Pffft! You're still young.

    Not 29 but best bang for under 1K: Giant Yukon FX. Period.

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    i'm 42, so you lose on the age excuse.

    the best bike is the one that fits you.

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    It's arguable what's "best." Personally I'd agree with what you're looking at, Gary Fisher Mamba, Cannondale Trail SL2, Cannondale Trail SL3, Giant Talon 29er 1 and Specialized Rockhopper Comp.

    As someone said, sizing may vary; also where the manufacturer focuses the "value" may vary; so ride some and see what you like.

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    Also, if you love a certain bike, and only one or two components are putting you off remember that it may be worth it to go for it, and replace the few things putting you off when you can.

    I would say something that I didn't expect to be doing much with my bike was jumping stuff/drop offs. I started doing some small stuff, and really like the feel of being in the air and hitting a nice crisp landing. I'm noticing with my bike that I bought mainly for XC type stuff that the frame is great for speed and comfort over long distances, but is a little bigger than I would want for doing jumps/drop offs over 3 - 4 feet and more risky stuff. However, the compromise works out for me because I do ride a lot of miles, and only 1/4 or 1/3 or so is actually somewhat challenging.

    So, definitely try to think about what you will be doing, and make sure if you want to be hitting bigger stuff that you get a small enough frame. If you don't want to get too crazy a larger frame may be more comfortable.

    I ended up getting a close out 2010 Felt Q620, which is way below the $1000 mark. This allowed me to save a bunch of money to replace some crucial elements (I.E. fork, tires, saddle, pedals, stem) to improve the ride substantially. The end bike is right around $1000, maybe a little higher. I can say I am quite happy with it, and you may want to check out some of the Q series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjwil9488 View Post
    I'm considering a 29er as I like the bigger wheels for when I'm on a paved bike path. I'm looking at Trek, Gary Fisher, Giant, Specialized and Cannondale, and I like to spend under 1000.00 what manufacture is the best bang for the buck?
    I'm not into the "best" thing, but I can offer a couple of thoughts: 1) Giant specs all their 29ers with thru-axle front forks. That is a Good Thing (TM). Thru-axle forks are the future (imho), and provide added stiffness & control. 2) Trek has their so-called G2 geometry on Gary Fisher Collection models. The G2 geometry is good, and is worth a look. I like it, anyway.

    Good luck in choosing.

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    I did a lot of research about the exact same thing and came to the conclusion that the Trek Gary Fisher Mamba 29er is the best choice.

    I am 5'11 32 inseam 185 pounds and went for the 19' frame 29er.

    Awesome bike !!

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    I'd say go vintage. '98 Jamis Komodo with Easton RAD tubing and a rigid Kona fork seem about right. A little under 25# set up as a 1x9. Heck, I'll sell you mine for 10% off.

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