This is my first post
I am trying to decide between a 2008 Novara Ponderosa or a 2008 Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc bicycle.
Basically, I want the bicycle to do some off road mountain biking (nothing hardcore) and also need to do some back woods comuting to and from work (only 2 miles). I realize that this isn't the greatest bike for a comute, but I live in Alaska, so it's not all pavement.
I am pretty split between the two. However, REI is offering 20% off on Novara bicycles right now, so I can get the Novara Ponderosa for $260 less than what I will pay for the Specialized Rockhopper.
The Novara Ponderosa originally sells for $849 (Current sale price is $680)
The Specialized RockHopper Comp Disc is selling for $940
All of the reviews that I have read concerning both bicycles paint a positive light in on either choice.
I am also interested in getting a bicycle for my girlfriend, probably the same make and model.
I am 6'2 feet tall and 200 LBS. I am looking at getting the 19" bicycle on whichever model I end up getting.
Does anyone have any advice on which bicycle they would go for?
Thank you VERY MUCH in advance!