Alright so I've decided to get myself a bike after years of riding Schwinns and Huffies and them always breaking on me. I've pretty much narrowed it down to either a Trek or Specialized as those are the two dealers I have locally.
I'm 16, 6' 1", and 180lbs. I've been mountain biking for around 2-3 years. I ride predominately on hilly terrain with lots of bare roots and foot high drop offs. There's a couple of man made dirt ramps that I'll go on as well. I have about 500$ to spend, maybe a tad more if I can get something for my old Moab. I think thats about it.
The Rockhopper I've heard great things about. My LBS has the base model one for 470$
The Trek 4500 is in my price range as is the 4300 disc. I'm not sure why disc brakes are better than rim brakes.
So, you guys are the experts. Which one has the better components and ride quality? Thoughts, opinions? If I could get a good deal on a Trek 6000 would it be better enough to justify the exctra cost?