Hi all mountain bikers,
I posted this earlier in General Discussion but realized this is where I should've posted it:
I am contemplating buying a full susp. mtn. bike. My current mtb. is a Specialized Hardrock Comp which is fine for street riding and most trails I go on but I'm looking for something that's more fun on the rougher trails. I recently rented a low end Giant Warp and had a lot of fun riding it (on a full susp. it seems like more fun to blast through the rough stuff instead of go around it like on the hardtail) which put it in my head to buy a full susp. bike. However from a little research online (mtbr.com), Trek and Specialized seem like they have better full susp. bikes so I currently have in mind something like a Specialized Rockhopper FSR or a Trek Fuel 80. A local bike shop has a special on the Trek Fuel 80 for $900. This is probably the upper limit of what I'm prepared to spend (I am very value orientated so I'd love to get a great bike for less than that if possible). I haven't looked around for Specialized RH FSR but I'm thinking it would be around the same price as the Fule 80.
Does anyone have any comments on the pros and cons of these 2 bikes or suggestions for something even better in the price range ($900 or less). I'm a faily big guy - 6'2", 200 lbs - if that makes any difference.
And if anyone in the vicinity of San Jose, CA knows of any good deals locally, let me know.