OK I have done my homework a little more help tho please
Tomorrow is the day!
-After 1 month of spending hours looking at tons of bikes and specs online, and going to 15 local bike shops and bike shops in other towns.....
I will be going to world of wheels bike shop tomorrow, and they have 450-500 bikes on the floor at all tiems, plus what they have in the back. I have test road a lot of bikes, but plan to test ride A LOT more tomorrow.
I talked with my mom, and although I have $2500 saved up right now, her and I both decided it's good to stay on a budget with my first bike, to make sure I continue with the hobby/sport and because I already smash around on a 6 year old specialized rockhopper, so I know I can ride budget bikes to the fullest, so I do not need a top of the line bike just yet. If i continue with it, I will get a $1500-$2000 range bike in september for my 18th birthday.
Ok so now on to tomorrow.....
I am going in there with a budget of around $500-$600, plus a lil for accessories (camelback, extra tube, maybe a small multitool).
He said he has every brand like ironhorse, giant, gary fisher, specialized, etc. etc.
Now I REALLY like the specialized bikes and i think i will get one unless i find soemthing else i really like more.
Now my requirements are simple
-durable trails bike
-good climber and descender
-rim brakes or disc, does not matter to me
-stay in budget (+/-$50)
-I like the looks to cater to a 17 year old, not the old man look :-)
1) Is lockout definately something to look at, reason i ask is because i really like the hardrock line but none of them have lockout, however rockhopper does have it.
2) How different are rockhopper/hardrock
3) what other bikes that meet my requirements from other brands should I consider?