Marin Muirwoods 29er
Price: $699 from REI
Specs: Steel frame. Truvativ 48-38-28 crankset with an 11-32 back cassette. 700 cc wheels. Disc brakes. Shimano shifters and derailleur. Alex rims.
Upsides: A steel frame is nice to see in this price range.
Downsides: Like its lower-range version, the Marin Muirwoods, you’ll need to buy racks. and you may want to replace the saddle too.
For more information: Marin Muirwoods Website