I'm buying a new FS bike, and have $1300 to spend (but don't need to spend it all).
None of the bikes in this price range really screams out to me, but two models do keep catching my eye: the '05 Specialized FSR XC and the '05 Kona Kickapu.
Right now, am at the point of trying to figure out which has the better frame/linkage, and this will probably decide the bike for me. I'd rather pay for a good frame/linkage design and step up the components bit-by-bit
I know that a lot of people here love the Horst linkage that's on the Specialized, but being a noob to FS bikes, I have no idea if the advantages offered by the Horst design would be noticeable or important (I mean plenty of racers uses non-Horst linked FS bikes, right?).
Can anybody preach the gospel of the Horst linkage. Would someone then follow it up with some heresy