I am new to the forums and have recently gotten bitten by the mountain bike bug. My current bike (an el cheapo from a dept store) and I have been taking turns breaking each other lately and I realize that I need to step up my equipment in order to keep riding and progressing. that being said I have been to a couple of local bike shops and have narrowed it down to one of the these three bikes (i'm trying to stay about 500ish):
2008 Haro flightline sport (16 in.) 450.00
2007 Fuji Nevada 1.0 (17 in.)495.00
2008 Gary Fisher Wahoo Disk (15.5 in.)549.00
I do ride pavement but have found myself going in to the woodline more and more and would like to continue to do so. Any input or experience you all have towards this decision will be greatly appreciated.