Went and tested about 20 bikes today, specialized, haro, giant, even a cannondale that cost 7,000 dollars. after it is done, there was 2 bikes that stood out for the day (that i could afford).
Kona Cinder Cone and the Cannondale f5.
-kona has a lockout on the fork
-cannondale has Sram 5 shifters compared to the Deore's on the kona.
-cannondale was 70 dollars cheaper.
im not sure on the other differences as far as wheels/hubs or even the reputation of the brands, but give me some insight on what yall think.