I am looking for a new bike. I am currently riding an old Gary Fisher Tassajara (somewhere around 2000 model). I have been riding for about 3 years and that is only bike I have ever used. It has worked well for me. I am now looking to get something a little newer. I have heard different things from different people in various local bike shops. I have looked at a Trek 6000, Haro Flightline Comp, GF Tassajara, and Specialized Rockhopper. All have disc brakes and RS Dart 3 Forks. I am looking to spend a max of $750.00. I don't want FS just yet. I am doing the Xterra Triathlon in May, so I need something very soon. Even though I really only ride on Sundays and Mondays, I am not your typical weekend warrior. I like to ride hard and fast, both uphill and downhill. Suggestions or opinions???
It's not really rocket science. At any given pricepoint most models are similar. Go ride some of these and pick the one that feels the best. However since you asked for opinions here's mine. The 08 Tass would be my pick. It does not have a Dart 3 fork however. It has a Tora 302 Solo air. This is a definate improvement over the Dart 3. However it is about $150.00 over your budget. If you can swing an extra fifty bucks drop down to the Pirahna. Decent component spec and still no Dart 3 fork. The Pirahna has a Tora 302. No air but a great color frame!