I recently joined bikeforums.net and this is my first post. Before asking my question I would like to say that this forum is filled with such a great number of inspirational people and just reading the posts of others has given me hope that I can succeed in my attempts to drop some weight and better my health.
Ok, here goes:
After spending countless hours reading through posts in the Clydesdales/Athenas forum, I thought that I was going to buy a Specialized Hardrock Sport as my first bike. After going to my LBS today, I'm now more confused than ever. The friendly sales associate recommended that I buy the Rockhopper instead of the Hardrock, said it's a much better bike for a little more money. He emphasized that the fork lockout on the Rockhopper is very important for a guy of my size . I guess what I want to know is, is the Rockhopper a better investment or will the Hardrock serve my needs just fine.
Here's a little information about me to help with your responses:
Type of Riding: pavement, hardpack dirt trails, maybe a few exposed roots/small rocks here and there.