Newbie looking for help on finding the proper bike!!

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Dec 13, 2011
Just left my LBS and checked out a Giant Revel 0.... It felt really good but just want some unbiased opinions on whats best as far as my budget.. Like $500 to $800 range. I grew up riding BMX Freestyle and want to try something new... I live in KC, MO so if you have any advice about the local seen i would greatly appreciate it! Not interested in a 29er