Hi all, I’m new here and have spent a lot of time reading through the threads. I was hoping you can help me. My wife and I are looking to buy bikes in the next few weeks and we’re both new to all of this. We’re just interested in trail riding every week or two, no serious downhill, off-road action. Someday I might graduate to that, but she’s not at all interested. I’ve been looking around and it seems that there is entry level (>$350) at a place like Dick’s Sporting Goods and then there’s entry level ($350 - $500) at the bike shops or REI.
The bikes we were looking at were a Diamondback Sorrento at $279 for her and an Iron Horse Warrior 1.3 at $299 for me (that one is made exclusively by Iron Horse for Dick’s). These two bikes are at the upper end of what we were expecting to spend after gear (helmets, locks, etc) and taxes we’re already up around $750. I know that a lot of people say that you’ve got to spend at least $350 to get anything decent, but is it really necessary for the kind of riding we have in mind.
Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated.