Well, I went ahead and ordered a K2 ZED 1.0 from REI.com. It was on sale for $295, which seemed too good to pass up, as I'm just looking for a decent entry level bike right. I was also looking at the Specialized Hardrock for $369, which is around my limit, but if I can save $60 woo hoo. I've seen some good reviews for the 1.0, but I figure I'll try out the Specialized before the K2 comes in and just return the K2 if needed.
Also ordered some Crank Brothers Eggbeater SL pedals.
C-dale- moutain, Pedal Force RS- Campy Record, Quiring Ti XTR, Red line Monocog, S E F@r
Heck, at REI, you can ride it for a year then take it back! I can't believe some of the things they advertise. The one that really struck me was when REI sold a car, in the 70s or 80s and they returned it with 100k miles on it. Amazing.
Well, I took advantage of the great temps we're having here in Houston to test ride some bikes.
I tested an '07 Marin Bolinas Ridge that Sun & Ski had for $299 (from $429). I went in thinking I'd like it based on Marin reviews here and the fact that it was originally priced higher than the others I was looking at, but didn't care for it. I couldn't put my finger on it, but it just didn't feel right.
Next I went to REI to test the K2. I'll end up returning it. The bike just didn't feel solid for some reason.
Then went to my LBS and tested a Specialized Hardrock Sport, Trek 4300 (which was only $379) and a Gary Fisher Wahoo, I think. (Don't remember b/c it was out of my price range. :-) )
I couldn't tell much difference between the Hardrock and 4300, so went on looks. I'm now the proud owner of a black Specialized Hardrock Sport to go with my Specialized Allez Elite road bike. (I know, I know, the thread is useless w/o pictures, but I'm still waiting on my Crank Brothers Eggbeater SL pedals, which should arrive later in the week.)
I'm starting to feel like a Specialized shill, especially since both bikes and pairs of shoes are from them, but I really like the stuff they put out.
I'll post some pics once I get the pedals put on.