I haven't posted in this room till now. I am really not a true mt biker, although I love riding on non technical trails. You know the ones with straw instead of roots and rocks. Anyway, I have been trying to get my wife involved in cycyling. She used to ride her bike way back in college. So I decided that I need to buy her a new bike (and me sorta). I have a 1995 Diamondback ascent ex, was nice in its day, now outdated. Seems like computers & bikes have a lot in common.
My LBS tells me that as long as you spend around $500 and up, you aren't getting plastic and etc. They carry Specialize/Cannondale/Giants. I don't need to spend a lot, and since the new models are coming out, I figured this is a good time. He suggested the Giant Iguana ($465), and the Specialized maybe rockhopper($480), anyway they retailed for almost the same price, and were marked down over $120 each. He said the iguana had just a couple of items that were a little better, and I belive the rock shock model on that bike was one of them.
I figure for around $500 there probably isn't any great differences in any of the brands, is that right?
Oh I made the mistake of joining her while she tried it out, on one of the higher end lighter weight bikes, really niiiice. On sale for $895. If I was a serious MB Cyclist I wouldn't think twice about spending more. Plus the wife, isn't gonna ride that often, and we both ride a 17" frame. She knows that I am really buying it for both of us.