Ok...I just registered to this site, because I figured what a better way to find out real information about real moutain bikes than by asking real people.
I just returned about 8 weeks ago from a 1 year deployment to Iraq. I got into mountain biking about two years ago when I bought a TREK at a local dealer in Columbus, GA. I returned from my deployment to find my mountain bike stolen which was locked inside of my apartment parking garage, also locked to a bike rack. To make a long story short, I am in desperate need of a new bike and am looking everywhere at this time for a good bike, possibly even slightly used between $400-$700. I currently live in Germany, which luckily has many bike shops available in the area, however, the brands which most stores sell are unusual to me, and I am not sure which brands to trust. I would appreciate any information that anyone could give me as to where I may find a bike or what brands to look for in Germany or throughout the EU. Also, I have debated using ebay as a good source to find a bike or a similar online "shopping" service...However, I just saw a guy who bought a bike and it wasn't at all what he had expected! In advance, thanks very much for your responses!