Hey guys I am looking for some timely yet unbiased advice.
I have narrowed down my choices to Trek. Numerous circumstances beyond my control have put other potential brands out of question. This is not a question about a brand.
I basically have a decision between a Trek Fuel EX 7 at $1599 and a Trek 8500 at $1899. The Fuel EX as most of you probably know is full suspension whereas the 8500 is a hardtail. Now here is my predicament:
I road bike and mountain bike equally. One day I may ride on some serious trails, while another I may put in 15, 20 or 30 miles on the roads. However, I am a college student so two high end bikes for both purposes is currently out of the question. I am not looking to train or compete. However when I do go out I push myself fast and far so I want a high quality mountain bike.
Recently when I have gone out mountain biking my back has hurt tremendously afterwards. So this had led me to believe that I want a dual suspension bike. Sure it won't be a panacea for all my back problems but it sure will help. However, I am afraid if I switch to a dual-suspension when I go out on the roads I won't be able to book as fast as I would on a hardtail. Is there much difference in speed between a Hardtail and a Full Suspension bike on the road? Is the difference so negligible that it doesn't matter?
Basically all it boils down to is with a dually will I be sacrificing that much speed where it will really matter. Or will the benefits outweigh the loss of speed I will experience? Any advice is highly appreciated.
Sorry for creating a thread specifically for this but I am putting down $2000 on a bike tomorrow so I guess I just wanted some individualized advice. Thanks again.