What should I look for in a sub-1K mountain bike?
September 17, 2012 8:56 AM Subscribe
Which low/mid range mountain bike should I get? I'm a reasonably serious road rider, but now find myself living in an area where the road biking leaves a lot to be desired (and, frankly, the local drivers and roads have me worried for my safety). The mountain biking is supposedly fantastic, so I'd like to give that a try. I'm not looking to do jumps, but am happy ascending and doing controlled descents. This will be an off-road only bike used near Albuquerque, NM.
posted by jeffch to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm looking to spend < $1000 on a new mountain bike. I could go a little higher if there's a real sweet spot that I'm just missing, but I'd actually like to spend a little less if possible. I'm looking at a $649 Novara from REI
that gets good reviews and looks and feels fine. Or maybe the Trek 4300
Basically, my plan is to head to the LBS/REI, ride a bunch and see what feels best in my price range (though, I'm not a picky rider). Any thoughts on 26" vs. 29", deore vs. acera, etc...?