I’m in the market for a new mtb bike. Now I’m riding a hardtail Specialized Rockhopper and could use an upgrade. I’m hoping to get something with disc brakes, full-suspension, and hoping to spend less than $1500, but we’ll see. We’ve got a lot of shops here, so the prices are competitive, plus Trek is just a ways down the interstate in Waterloo. I do mostly singletrack, a little rocky trail-riding. I’m no racer, just do it for fun. I’ll also need the shoes and pedals.
I don’t know most components rate, sram vs fox float vs deore. It’s all Greek to me. just wondering if anyone can give a recomendation, do’s or don’ts.
I’ve been to the shop once so far, and will hit a few more as the sale season starts. I’ve looked at a Specialized Enduro(molded aluminum frame), Cannondale Jekyl Lefty, and a Fisher Sugar 4 last fall. It was too cold to ride them. I have a Marin hybrid that I use to commute that I just love.