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    Newbie needs advice

    I will be buying my first "real" mountain bike. I don't want anything outrageous for my first bike. That will be my second bike! Something like, say.... a Litespeed Pisgah! So what is a good, solid first mtb that I don't have to modify the crap out of as soon as I bring it home to make it decent? I would like to keep it under $1000, preferably even under $750. Also, a hardtail will work fine for me. As for riding, I will be taking it on some pretty good trails, so I do need something rather durable. Thanks for any advice.

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    Welcome to the forums mbtjc! Lots of good stuff here, take a look around. You might look at this thread; I have $800 is the giant rainier my bike? .
    It's in your price range and a really good bike. Just be sure and ride whatever you are looking at before you buy. Make sure it feels good to you. Good Luck on your purchase!
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    NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS! a2psyklnut's Avatar
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    Or this thread:

    Best bike under $1500. Help!

    Good Luck & L8R
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    Go get yourself a Giant Ranier. There really isn't anything out there that is competition in that price range for this bike. Good mix of LX/Deore and Avid disc brakes make for a killer bike at $750.

    Also, try out a Fisher Tassajara or a Hoo Koo E Koo. The Fisher's have a drastically different geometry that some people prefer.

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    NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS! a2psyklnut's Avatar
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    Also, check out www.harobikes.com their bikes are also very competitively priced. They ride well and come equipped with full shimano componentes, i.e. no generic parts!

    L8R
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