I have been out of the bike scene for about 8 years, and I'm about to dive back in so I thought I'd get some thoughts from folks who have recent experience.
I'll be buying mountain bikes for my 13 year old son and I in about a month. I like supporting local businesses, so I'm buying from a small bike shop in Wasilla. They sell primarily Jamis and Redline bikes. I don't know anything about either of them though, so your experiences and opinions are welcome. My total budget for both bikes is around $1200 - $1500. Both will be hard tails.
I'm also considering a 29er for myself, and wanted to get some thoughts on that for an all - around MTB. I'll be riding it recreationally for the most part, but may also use it for my work commute (20 miles round - trip) on mostly paved bike trails when the weather is nice enough.
Thanks in advance for the info!