Join Date: Mar 2005
Bikes: Specialized AWOL, Soma Juice
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Both of those are cross country bikes and aren't going to handle downhill or dirt jumps very well, though that's not to say they won't be able to handle them at all. I'd say if the $300 is in good shape it's probably a better buy. That rigid fork on the other bike would be hell on a downhill course but would really teach you how to be smooth on the dirt jumps though. The bruiser would handle the downhill and dirt jumps a lot better but depending on the gearing and the geometry would probably be pretty crappy on a cross country course.