i am in the market for a commuting bike. its my first serious bike, and it needs to be a mountain bike, because even though 99% of the time i will use as commute, i will occasionally hit casual, not extreme, trails. its needs to be built like a tank, as i will be hopping curbs and possibly navigating small flights of stairs.
i have a specialized and diamondback dealer in my immediate area, and the sales rep there suggested the hardrock, specialized, and the response, diamondback. does anyone have an opinion on these bikes, or suggestions?
i started a similar thread in general disc. but nodody was hitting it. price is not too big a factor, but i dont want to sell a kidney, and the dealer has different pricings anyway.