ride like theres not 2mrw
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Baltimore MD
Bikes: Trek Bruiser 1
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Well, by some off-road riding, I'd probably recommend a cross country bike of some sort. Every company has them and they make up most of a companies profits.
I got a freeride bike, which I use to run over anything and everything. I have a Trek Bruiser 1, and I like the way Trek did their stuff. The bike feels solid and is durable. The only thing is that it is a tad bit heavy so its not meant for sustained high speeds.
As far as quality goes, I'd say Trek is like the Honda of the bike world. Good all around, great for a first timer, and very reliable and well put together, with a lot of upgrades available. There are other bikes/companies that are specifically aimed at different things for that same amount of money, so if you really know what you want then you could go for other companies.
In the end though, you should be getting a bike that feels comfortable to you, because you'll be the one that will be riding it.