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Mountain Bike Purchase Advice
#1
I am a roadie looking for some good advice on a Mountain Bike for my son. The budget is under $800 and a soft or hardtail will be considered.
Anyone have any suggestions on what brand or models?
Thanks in advance.
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#2
Let's figure this out.
How old is your son? Then we know if we're considering adult MTB or 24" and so on.
Merida Scultura 5000 (2015)
Merida Big Nine 400 (2019)
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#3
I would look at this: https://99spokes.com/bikes?category=youth&latestYear=1&price=-800&region=us&suspension=hardtail

I would recommend the trek marlin series (my first bike)
https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bikes/mountain-bikes/cross-country-mountain-bikes/marlin/marlin-6/p/28787/?colorCode=red_black
This is technically a budget adult bike, but it comes in extra small, so depending on how old your child is, they may fit on it. I got the Marlin 6 used, size small when I was about 9 or 10 years old and it lasted me until high school, when I decided to upgrade. (Mostly because it was getting too small.)
There are also many models so you can choose the one that works best. It isn't the best bike you could get, but it is a solid first bike.

Hope this helps.
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