I've been reading these forums for the past couple of days, and know that a lot of people here can be very informative and/or experienced. Considering my knowledge of mountain biking is relatively slim, and my experiences limited I wanted everyones opinion on a new bike. I'm planning a whitewater rafting trip (south american river) over labor day weekend, and thought i would take full advantage of having the time off work and school to go mountain biking as well. I'm looking to buy something competative but nothing to expensive nor cheap. A few bikes I'm looking at are these 1) Rocky Mountain Vertex 10 http://bikes.com/bikes/2006/vertex/vertex-10.aspx and 2) Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc http://specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel...keTab=techspec . This bike will be used, like i said earlier, for trails around the american river but primarily for dirt trails around a local national forest (Los Padres/RedRock). I have a large build, 6ft1, 220lbs. The rocky mountain vertex is going for $900 (discounted from $1200) at a local shop, and I haven't paid a visit to any specialized bike distributors yet.
Thanks in advance for any opinions, suggestions, or input,