Hey guys, I'm fairly new here but I've been checking the forums for quite awhile. I'm just looking for some advice on which bike is a better deal, the Hardrock Comp or the Alpine 650. I haven't ridden in several years (since my Giant was ripped off in '01) but am looking to try the sport out again and see how I like it. I've set a firm budget of $600, and these seem to be the best two choices for me. I'm going to be doing mostly trail riding, and maybe some light downhill. I've ridden the Specialized and like it. Obviously I can't test ride the Ibex, but I'm very interested in the brand (lots of good references on mtbr). So any advice on these bikes, or even a bike that's a better deal at that price point is appreciated. Thanks! I'll put the specs below for everyone.
If you want to go fast/race, I believe the Ibex would be a better choice, along with better components. I Except the fork. But the frame's ook. If you want to do some technical stuff like small jumps, I;d go with the Hardrock. I would feel better riding the Specialized over Ibex.