First time MTB 29er Vs 26? Advice

maxhtec94 Posts: 13
edited September 2013 in MTB buying advice
Hi guys,

I am trying to purchase a MTB that both me and dad could use. I don't care whether the bike is brand new or second hand but in a good condition. My budget is 300-400 max. I find many good bikes on the internet but the 2013 specialized hardrock 29er caught my attention. The specs aren't so high but my question is, would you buy a 26 with a lot of specs or a standard 29er? I have found the following bikes

Marin Bobcat trail 2011 in a good condition

Frame Construction Aluminum
Frame Tubing Material 6061 aluminum
Fork Brand & Model Suntour XCM-HLO w/ LO, 100mm travel
Fork Material Unspecified
Rear Shock Not applicable

Component Group Mountain Mix
Brakeset Tektro Draco Hydraulic brakes, Tektro Draco Hydraulic levers
Shift Levers Shimano Alivio
Front Derailleur Shimano Alivio
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore Shadow
Crankset TruVativ E400 3.0, 44/32/22t teeth
Pedals Composite
Bottom Bracket TruVativ Cartridge sealed
BB Shell Width Unspecified
Rear Cogs 9-speed, 11 - 34 teeth
Chain Shimano HG53
Seatpost Alloy 2 bolt, 30.9mm diameter

Handlebar Double Butted 6061 Alloy
Handlebar Extensions Not included
Handlebar Stem Marin OS Alloy
Headset 1 1/8" FSA NO.10

Hubs Alloy Double Sealed
Rims WTB DX23, 32-hole
Tires 26 x 2.2'' Continental Mountain King
Spoke Brand Stainless, 15ga (1.8mm)

Specialized hardrock pro 2011 in a good condition

Rock Shox Recon Gold RL 100mm Solo Air fork 2013
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Alivio, 34.9mm clamp, top swing, dual pull
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Alivio, 9 speed, long cage
Shimano Alivio SL, Rapid fire trigger
Shimano FC-M430C-8, Octalink spline
44 × 32 × 22, with chainguard
Bottom Bracket:
Shimano BB-ES25, Octalink spline, cartridge bearing, 68mm x 118mm
Shimano HG50, 9-speed, 11-34 tooth
KMC X9 with reusable Missing Link
Alloy 1 piece body and cage, reflector kit, 9/16"
Front Brake:
Shimano BR-M445 hydraulic disc brake, dual piston, 180mm rotor
Rear Brake:
Shimano BR-M445 hydraulic disc brake, dual piston, 160mm rotor
Brake Levers:
Shimano BR-M445 hydraulic
Handlebars from 2012 Specialized Carve 680mm
3D forged alloy, 4 bolt, 7 degree rise, 31.8mm clamp
1/8" threadless, loose ball bearings
Specialized Enduro, dual compound Kraton, no flange, 131mm
Alex RHD 26", alloy double wall, pinned with eyelets, 32 hole
Front Hub:
Forged alloy, hi/low flange, double sealed, ground race, machined disc mount and flange, Quick Release, 32 hole
Rear Hub:
Forged alloy, mid flange, double sealed, ground race, machined disc mount and flanges, cassette,
Quick Release, 32 hole
2mm (14g) stainless
Front Tyre:& Rear tyres
Maxis Advantage 2.1 front and Continental Race Speed King 2.2 rear

and finally Specialized Hardrock 2013 29er specs here -> ... 1#features

These bikes are in my budget. I have made a small research but id like some advice from people with more experience!

Thank you in advance