Hello all. Yes, I'm a newbie, and I did search for the answer to my question before posting. This is pretty specific, though.
I'm finally replacing my old Schwinn MTB. I found a couple Specialized bikes that I really like. I was ready to pull the trigger on a new Rockhopper Comp, but after talking to one of the sales guys at my LBS, I rode a XC Pro. For some reason I didn't realize that a bike at this price point could have front and rear lockout and weith the same as the HT Rockhopper. Anyway, I enjoyed the feel of this bike.
I realize the XC Pro is almost twice the price of the Rockhopper, but I'm not too worried about that. I'll have it a LONG time as I have my Schwinn. I just want what makes the most sense. I'll be riding local MTB trails as often as I can, and I'll be riding paved bike paths with the family as well. I suppose I could keep the Schwinn for road use (put on some slicks).
Can you guys push me toward one of these two bikes? I know you don't know any more about me than what you've read here, but what would you do if you were me? I've read the threads arguing FS vs. HT, and I still can't make up my mind.
Thanks for the help, and I look forward to being part of this community!