Originally Posted by GDBF
Actually I'm thinking to buy a decent mountain bike with the price range of $500-$650. I found one for $650 at Performance Bicycle with full suspension, disk brakes with hydraulic. Any recommendation on which bike and where to buy it? I live in Auburn.
In that price range I would suggest a hardtail. All the bike manufacturers jumped on the full suspension wagon years ago but to get the costs down on those entry level models they put really lousy components on them. A hardtail in the same price range will have better brakes, better shifters etc. This matters as pieces wear. You'll have a much better ride on a bike that works well compared to a full suspension bike that won't shift and breaks. My 02 cents.
Also, CRAIGSLIST, as usual is a great place to find slightly used, higher end equipment at a good savings.