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Best 29er under $600

Old 04-19-15, 09:09 PM
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Best 29er under $600

In hte market for a 29er but not too sure which is the best bang for my buck. Any advice? I have too many bikes to begin with, but looking for a nice 29er.

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Old 04-19-15, 09:41 PM
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What do you consider bang for the buck? Do you need maintenance and support from your local bike shop?

Airborne Guardian (online only) is highly recommended $600 bike. Performance Bike usually has GT 29ers on-sale for around that price with decent specs. Same for REI if you use a 20% off coupon on a Novarra. There's always Bikes Direct.

The Trek Marlin series are decent value as well.
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Old 04-19-15, 10:14 PM
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Good call, forgot about REI. I didn't mean benefits from the store themselves, just the best value bike. Thanks
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Old 04-21-15, 06:05 PM
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I just picked up a Diamondback Overdrive Comp 29er from Nashbar.com for a little over 600 due to shipping when they had a 20% off sale. They have an Overdrive Sport as well. You can normally test ride the basic Overdrive at Sport Chalet or Sport Authority that has the same frame geometry.
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okay it's a couple hundred bucks more, but i see one on display outside the local Sports Basement store, and it looks like a lot of bike for the price, IMO.

edit: i take it back. that Diamondback above looks awfully good to me.
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Old 04-22-15, 06:34 AM
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Thanks everybody for the input. After trying out tons of bikes at different locations around town, I went with the Scott Aspect 950 in a medium sized frame for $549 https://www.scott-sports.com/us/en/p...pect-950-Bike/

The Aspect 950 has everything I need in order to enjoy a ride off road and also keep up with my girlfriend on paved paths. The one non negotiable for me was a lockout and that is what made a lot of other bikes not an option. It also has hydraulic dick brakes which are a plus and something I hadn't seen on any other bike I tried out. Upgrades in the near future will be some new pedals and possible new grips. Also plan on getting a pair of 28c tires for longer trips on pavement, and a possibly an upgraded fork in the future as well. Thanks again everyone.
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nice typo!
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Old 04-23-15, 05:45 AM
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Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
nice typo!

LMFAO I don't think I should even edit that. Good catch
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