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Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: Trek 4500, Kona Dawg
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Absolutely agree with quick torch.
First you should figure out what kind of riding you want to do. If you're not really sure, you'd probably be better going with the hardrock, which is a fairly capable bike, and saving your money for a big purchase once you know what you like and have honed your skills. General XC, mixed road and trails, or lots of rough trails and some light downhill? Then figure out what you're budget is. The basic Dawg is around 3 times as much as a Hardrock.
I have a Dawg Primo and love it. It's rugged and smooth, although not nearly as efficient pedalling or quite as nimble as my hardtail.
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