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Old 02-20-21, 10:00 PM
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Your description matches pretty much all hard tail mountain bikes between $1000 and $2000 for the last several model years so you should be able to find something. Probably most of them have 27.5+ wheels and tires instead of 29er. 27.5+ tires were kind of a two year fad for FS bikes but persist on hard tails. If it's three or four years old (MY18) and less expensive it might not have a dropper from the factory. The usual factory post is the Brand-X or Tranz-X 120mm, maybe 150 on a L or XL, and it costs about a hundred bucks retail. The factory tires are usually not true tubeless and weep if you use Stan's, but might have been replaced by now. Some of them have QR141 rear ends which is Boost spacing but not a thru axle, and that's really ok. In some ways it confers some versatility, a thru axle and standard lower rack mounts are pretty rare together. They will all have a 15mm front thru axle where it's more important. On the other hand in your price range you might score a decent aluminum FS. Shop on Pinkbike, nationwide and budget a hundred bucks or so to ship through a shop unless your local Craigslist is in a good MTB market.

If you tell us where you are we can look at your local market and see if there are any standouts among the Walmart Mongooses and 40yo ten speeds... some of us do this for fun
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