I'm a brand new member to this forum and relatively new to the whole mountain biking scene in general. i would really appreciate a little feedback on what your opinions are on the bikes you would recommend. currently i am looking into purchasing another bike that is built to last, is stylish, and can handle off-road terrain pretty good. I currently own a GT mountain bike (it's an avalanche i think) but it's getting pretty old (i've had it for close to 5 years now). I would be more then willing to look into different bike manufacturers. I don't want to spend over $550 CDN on a bike, and yes i know that won't get me anything that great, but it is enough to get me a descent ride im sure. What are your thoughts/opinions on Norco and Specialized bikes as well? are they better then GT's?