I went to Dallas Saturday and went to two bike shops to try out some FS bikes I've been looking at. The problem is, I still don't know which bike to get. I've narrowed it down to three bikes:
Kona Kikapu - $1,100
Jamis Dakar XLT - $1,400
Cannondale Prophet 600 - $1,450
To me, the Cannondale was VERY comfortable and looks awsome, but the lefty fork scares me. The kona was a little less comfortable, but just seemed more stout (I'm 250lbs, btw). The jamis was good, but nothing really stood out from the rest. It just seems like a good package.
I liked the Prophet, but am scared of that lefty fork, and haven't heard much about them, good or bad (Except for magazines. They named it bike of the year). Any help would be nice.
These are all the bikes I tried:
Kona Coiler - too heavy.
Kona Kikapu - nice, but is it too xc?
Kona Dawgmatic - meh.
Kona Dawg - Okay, but over my budget.
Jamis Dakar - Felt kinda cheap.
Jamis Dakar Sport - Okay, but didn't impress at all.
Jamis Dakar XLT - nice package and love the hydros. Heavy.
Specialized FSR - Tried several models & sizes. Couldn't get it to work or fit right, so I gave up.
Cannondale Prophet 600 - Felt great. Jumped some curbs and couldn't feel a thing. Felt like bottomless suspension.