Hey everyone. Before I start, let me introduce myself: I am a college student and primarily ride road and a little 'cross. I started on a fixed-gear road bike almost a year ago, but was forced to part with it to get my geared bike. I have ridden enough singletrack to know that I like it and I am awful at it, but no longer have access to a borrowed bike to hit the trails with. Like many cyclists my age, my finances are quite restricted but, as always, more bikes is better. I would like to get a mountain bike of my own, and considering how much fun I had on my SS/fixed roadie, my restrictive budget, and the type of singletrack we have where I live, a singlespeed 29er seems like it would fit the bill. These are the two I'm looking at.
Searches seem to suggest that both come with crap parts that will spontaneously combust on my first ride, but even if this is the case, I have access to a deep cheap parts bin to replace them. I'm also not afraid to upgrade or tweak things to my liking down the road. If they're of similar quality, I may as well save the $50 and take the Motobecane (which I also think looks great in white), but if there's a big difference in quality, I would be better off with the Redline.
Also, for those of you with more experience than me, am I barking up the wrong tree so to speak? I could pick up something like a GF Pirahna for around the same price, but if I'm going to be riding a low-end bike, I'd like one that's as simple as possible. However, if a rigid 29er is a bad choice for East Coast rocky, rooty singletrack, feel free to tell me I'm an idiot. It seems like the rigid fork might be too much, although I'm sure riding one would help improve my terrible mountain bike skills.