I'm looking to buy my first mountain bike for commuting to work through the trails . I've been riding the trails with my CX bike and I'm fed up not be able to keep up on descents. I put the CX bike on craigslist recently. I've been looking into mountain bikes lately. However, i'm not familiar with the components of a MTB.
Here are my questions:
My LBS has this bike Giant Talon 27.5 5 - Wheel World Bike Shops - Road Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Bicycle Parts and Accessories. Parts & Bike Closeouts! black and green for $510. Is it good price?
Are the components any good? They seem entry level... so, i'm assuming they would be comparable with Sora on a road bike.
How tough is it to climb in one of these? I know this MTB has to be heavier, although not sure by how much. In comparison, my CX bike weighs 25 lbs and it was pretty tough to climb.