Triathlon in my future???
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Southwest Iowa
Bikes: Junk, that is why I am here. :-)
The best thing is go to the LBS' in your area and tell them what you want. Then the one that treats you the best and you feel comfortable with is the one you should go with. Then try the bikes out and find what is comfortable for YOU, and not what I like or anyone else likes. I have a hardrock that I bought used for $100 with a mag trainer and 4 sets of tubes. I had to make some setup changes to make it more comfortable to me.
I own Jamis, because that is what my LBS carries and he is great to deal with. If I was in Jackson, TN, I would own a Trek, because of the great LBS down there that helped me out.
2007 Jamis Ventura Comp
2006 Jamis Explorer 2.0
2000 Specialized Hardrock (bought used)
Swim, Bike, Run and sounds like fun