Hi, I'm a roadie, but don't hate me. I've been out on a mountain bike twice and had an absolute BLAST. My collegiate team is sponsored by Cannondale, so I have an opportunity to purchase one at a significant discount. I may end up racing in the fall, but for now I really want to use it to stay in shape and enjoy the world -- pounding on base miles and TT-ing are a little exhausting mentally.
I don't know my budget, or the specific discount (think ~35%), but I do know that I get 15% off specialized if you really think they're that much better. I think I want full suspension, and I'm pretty sure I don't want cheap parts that will break . I'll definitely be taking it on trails, not riding around town.
What do you think?
fyi, the times I've been out were on Specialized FSRs, one of them being and S-Works w/ X.0 and the brain fade thingy. I don't plan on spending that much, but I think I'd be sad if I had a FS bike that didn't work well.