I'm a long-time roadie looking to make the jump to MTB. Right now I'm just looking for a good value hardtail around $500. I'm eyeing these two:
Please save any anti-bikesdirect comments, I'm a happy road customer. Here's my real question: how much does that extra $160 between the first and second bike get me? The components look very similar to me. Is the pricier one much lighter?