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Agree with everything that’s been said so far. Also another vote for craigslist over ebay. More likely to get a good deal, and more chance of finding something local. If you’re firm on the price point, I would probably not look for full suspension, because you’ll probably just end up with crappy suspension and crappy components. You could find a decent used hardtail for that price. If you’re just going to use it for mellow rides with the family, then components etc may not matter so much, but if you want something that will last, that you can take on more serious mtb rides, and that you can upgrade without wasting money (i.e. having to upgrade every component), then it really pays in the long run to spend a little more up front. Some bike shops also have demo bikes that they sell at the end of the season. I would also suggest checking out the local bike shops, finding one you like, and doing your business with them. In the long run you’ll save money if you’re a regular, for tuneups and discounts etc.

Oh, and I’ll stress-test the bike for you when you get it! 🙂