First post here, I am after a bit of info.
Getting a new bike, have a older bike but want to get into some riding on the weekends and to work. I plan to ride to work, which is on bitumen roads, and take it off road on the weekends, on trails, national parks etc.
Mainly after a well built bike with front shocks at the least, mabey rear shocks, disc brakes if possible and a half decent brand. I have been surfing the forums and net over the past week, and it seems the Trek 4500 and Specialized Hardrocks/Rockhoppers are generally given the thumbs up.
What is essentially the difference between these 3 bikes and the diff between the 2 brands?
Should I prehaps look at a giant equiv. bike? and if so what model(s) am I looking at? Are there any brands I have overlooked? I wanna narrow it down to perhaps 4 good bikes.
I ask these questions because I'm not up on alot of the lingo, speaking of which is there some sort of glossary on the net for bikes that's good?