I'm new mountain biking and I want to get a good hardtail I can grow with. I'm 6'1 175lbs and I'm looking to do a lot of XC and regular riding with my buddies who ride road bikes.
I admit it. I'm a cheap-o when it comes to buying things for myself. I look for value in a product. If there is no value, I will not buy it.
My problem is I don't know if I should buy the Giant XTC or Specialized Stumpjumper.
Giant XTC: http://www.giant-bicycle.com/us/030....sp?model=11265
Specialized Stumpjumper: http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=12984
Which bike will I get the most VALUE in terms of COST?
I know one bike is $1000 and the other is $1400 so it is not fair to compare. But if one were to evaulate which bike offers the most bang for your buck, which one will fit the bill?
Many thanks everybody. I will appreciate your help.