I have been lurking on this forum for a while wanting a f/s bike for some local trails and knock around. I notice all sorts of names mentioned but not much buzz on the trek fuel or Cannondale Prophet. I looked at both of these bikes brands and some of the giant as well, and liked the Trek fuel ex7. Around here these are the brands the lbs carry. It seems that you have to spend in this price range $1500 or so to get a decent f/s bike.
Am I on the right track or should I continue the search.