I've been doing alot of reading and my max price range equals these 2 bikes.

Wolverine = 499.00 new (reg. 625.00)
Avalanche = 449.00 new (reg. 549.00)

Link to wolverine specs = http://www.norco.com/05/2005bikes/bi..._wolverine.htm
Link to Avalanche specs = http://www.gtbicycles.com/mountain/c...CAN&brand=moun

Im new to mountain biking and this will be my first non-canadian tire bike so I could use some help. I ride my bikes pretty hard but I am still a newby also I dont really go over jumps or anything but if one presents itself I certainly take it. Thank you for all your time and help. Also Im all ears to any other bikes but these are on sale.