Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Sacramento, CA or St Paul, MN
Bikes: Titus Racer-X AL/Trek 520(RIP)/Trek 930
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Of the specialized/trek variety there's little different. They're well made and pick by fit/build/cost.
cannondale's are quirky and more propritary. This can either be good or bad.
Fisher's are built very light. If you're light and interested in XC, it can eb a good choice. If you're big, ethre's a good chance you'll break it (I did, twice)
Santa Cruz occupies a niche between the big builders and boutique builders. They're well built and may have a bit more "soul."
Then there's the boutique builders. Full bikes rarely drop below an MSRP of $2000.There are countless brands. I'm a big fan of Titus, myself. here reputation is all you have, but a good builder's bike is well worth the extra cost.