Bike Nashbar has the Nashbar AT2 Mountain Bike (Men's or Women's) for $300 - 25% off with coupon code NB40 [Exp 5/7] + $13 shipping (no additional oversize charges) = $238 shipped. Normally $500. Features a 24-speed drive train and Suntour fork with 80mm of travel. Don't forget to pimp it out for summer.
Retail: $500

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    Shmeagle Ben's cred: 802
    Posted 9:00 am PDT 05/6/13

    What's a Nashbar? Any thoughts on this brand?

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    turtles Ben's cred: 156
    Posted 9:23 am PDT 05/6/13

    All bike frames are made from a handful of factories in China (Trek used to tout: Proudly Made in the USA, but they don't any more). Bike parts the same, so it does not matter what you buy, just what brand name you care to show off.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3863
    Posted 9:29 am PDT 05/6/13

    ^ False. Just like anywhere else, there are better and worse quality items coming from China, though with bike frames you generally have some idea based on metal type (or carbon fiber), weight, etc. Walmart bikes are also made in china so are their $100 specials as good as a $1000 brand name?

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    chanwmr Ben's cred: 5
    Posted 9:43 am PDT 05/6/13

    dave_c, you're like the only wise one that calls that out. Very true. Some of the best and worse products are made in China. It's the brand and product that made it good or bad not the factories.

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    Shmeagle Ben's cred: 802
    Posted 10:58 am PDT 05/6/13

    There are no weights that I can find on this bike and it's really hard to see the welding points on this picture to see. How am I to know this is not one of those names that uses the cheaper manufactured stuff and just sells it at a higher price?

    I guess buying bikes from a website is about as good as good an idea as buying medium end people from a website.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3863
    Posted 11:50 am PDT 05/6/13

    ^ Though I was speaking about frames, on a whole bike you look at the major components like suspension, shifters, derailleurs, etc. Not just the brand but the tier within that brand... but, I'd guess the whole thing weighs around 30 lb.

    From what I can see in the picture, the welds look pretty typical for an aluminum frame.

    This isn't really a $500 bike except as the MSRP, but not bad at all for $238, at which price point you usually won't get disc brakes at all, and with a decent selection of frame sizes. Edit: I'm wrong about the disc brakes, it seems more entry level bikes now have disc brakes.

    The front suspension is a bit on the small side, so better for trail riding than mountains, but on a discount bike like this you can put the money you saved into any upgrades you decide on later.

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    kel789 Ben's cred: 51
    Posted 1:08 pm PDT 05/6/13

    have been thinking about this bike. what size do you suggest for a 5'9" dude at 160lbs?

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3863
    Posted 3:23 pm PDT 05/6/13

    ^ You're right on the border between a 17" and 19" frame. Considering it's a MTB I'd go with the 17" unless you have an unusually long inseam for your height, it's easier to control a MTB that's a little undersized vs a little oversized, and people just tend to raise the seat.

    One thing that might help is to take a picture of it to a local bike shop and compare the frame geometry to what they have there, then sit on a 17" and 19".

    Here's a rough frame size calculator.

    http://www.ebicycles.com/bicycle-tools/frame-sizer/mountain-bike

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    Superman Ben's cred: 55
    Posted 3:39 pm PDT 05/6/13

    Nashbar does not cover return shipping. The cost of returning this bike from California would be more than the price of the bike so be sure you will be happy with your purchase because it can't be returned. Use Amazon instead of Nashbar is my advice. Also their sale prices are bogus. Watch the regular price of this bike suddenly become way cheaper right after this sale expires (like about $249) and it will probably feature free shipping.

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    kel789 Ben's cred: 51
    Posted 4:42 pm PDT 05/6/13

    thanks davc good info for my specific need.

    thanks Superman. a crucial info.

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