Best Bang for the Buck?
I'm new here, so I'd like to ask some advice. I'm interested in buying a mtn bike. I've done my research, so I know about all the different brands and stuff. I'm interested in what bike gives you the most bang for the buck. In my case, the buck is $500-$600. Now I know this is "entry-level" range, but do any bikes offer more(in terms of components, better frame, shocks, etc) than others in this range?
I read somewhere that brands like Giant and GT offer more bang than say Specialized or Trek, which is what most people seem to buy b/c of the brand recognition. I could care less about that. I want the best bike for the money. I've looked at the Giant Rincon, GT Avalanche(although all the different Avalanches confuse me), Cannondale F7 and F6, Trek 3900 and 4300. I haven't had a chance to check out Gary Fisher yet.
What would ya'll suggest for the best bang for my $500-$600 bucks? Thanks!!!