Hey everyone, I searched around and could not find a thread to answer my question. I am a college student with very limited funds, I've been searching for a better-than-wal-mart bike up to the 350 dollar price range. I've found two that I am interested in.
First is a 2006 Schwinn Mesa GS. It has the J1 Rock shox. I found it on ebay for $300 total. I like a lot what I heard of the reviews of the bike and the shocks. However, I am not sure about the reputation Schwinn has recieved due to the Wal-Mart Bikes they make.
On the other hand, there is a 2005 GT Avalanche 2.0. This one has a Rockshox Judy TT shocks. I found this one on ebay for $250 plus 60 shipping.
I'm making a big deal on the shocks because I was about to buy a Trek 3700 before I was told that the RST 191 shocks would not last more than a couple of months on the riding I do.
I consider myself a beginner to intermediate rider, riding a lot of single trails with some technical sections and at most 3-4 foot drops. I have researched all I could find online but I haven't found anything convincing me to one over the other.
I appreciate any help you can proivde.