Hey everybody, Looking to get a little more into mountain biking with my wife. I have an older bike that has served me well, it's nothing fancy by any means, Trek 3700 from ~2005 or so. She does not have a bike at all. So for now, I'm looking to get her a bike and do not know hardly enough. We have gone to several bike shops in the area and they all keep trying to push us up in price range past what we would like to spend. We're hoping to spend somewhere under $600, maybe pushing up into the 6's if it is clearly beneficial to do so. Otherwise, it seems like $400-600 would be enough for a starter bike. Probably not going to be hitting jumps, on purpose anyway. Mainly trail riding, with pavement riding in between as well. One bike shop we went to sold primarily KHS bikes. I haven't ever heard of this brand, but it could just be my negligence about the sport. Are they a worthy brand? The bikes we've been looking at at the KHS Winslow, KHS Zaca, Trek Wahoo for 29er's. Haven't seen many 26" in store because everyone keeps pushing us towards the 29er's. I'm not sure if we want a 29er for the extra speed and ability to roll over things if you truly compromise control and maneuverability like I've read. Any insight would be great. I know there are quite a few MTBers on this forum. Any recommendations for a bike right around the $500-600 range that would be a great starter bike for my wife? She's on the taller side at about 5'10 if that should matter. Thanks!