Hey guys as you can tell from my handle I'm new to this scene. The last time I rode anything remotely close to a mountain bike was my wal-mart special back in grade school. I had this crazy random idea when I was working out and jumped on the cycle. I hate running so I figured I should get a bike to get back in shape. I singled out road riding cause I'd rather be out in the woods on trails. A friend at work rides trails around here and pointed me towards a local bike shop. I'm lookin for entry $300-500 price ranged bike. The shop carry's Kona, Raleigh, and Cannondale. The guy lead me towards the 18" Kona Fire Mountain or the Raleigh Mojave 5.0. The Fire Mountain is only 40 bucks more and has Rock Shox Dart 1 Fork and Hayes MX4 Discs, which he says makes the Kona a little better. I can say I'm pretty athletic and am at about 150 lbs so I think I'm lookin at the right level of bike. I could easily spend less but I figured its just a little more to get some better quality. So if anyone can give me their $.2 about these bikes or another brand in this level, please inform me!!! Oh and sorry for the novel! Thanks.