I am looking into buying a new bike. The main use for the bike will be cross-country, so I guess I need an all-mountain bike. Capable of climbing and with good control when going downhill.
I have been mountain biking for a some years, but I never had a full suspension, and until recently, not even a front suspension. This was never a problem in terms of getting where I wanted to go. Of course, sometimes I would be left behind by my friends.
I am not looking for a high-end racing bike. But something good for a enthusiast. I might race some day,but for fun. Not looking for the top performance bike.
If I get a full without rear lock-out, will I have poroblems when going flat or climbing? Is the aditional weight worthy?
Are the FSs mostly for downhill use?
Any model you would suggest in the $500 - 700 range?
I appreciate your help.