thanks for the advice. im highly considering the hardrock, and now i came across a local dealer who sells gary fishers...
another question i have is for your opinions on the RST Gilla Plus T7 fork, 100mm (found on the '07 hardrock sport disc) and the RockShox Dart 1, 100mm (found on the gary fisher wahoo disc) i know that rockshox is a higher quality fork than the RST but i do not know to what extent. i.e, is the RST fork a high end RST and the RockShox dart 1 is a low end Rockshox? Also, what are the benefits/flaws between having a 24 speed bike as opposed to an 8 speed bike and which do you recommend for light trail riding?