I am looking entry level with best stock specs. Will be doing light MB and prefer front-suspension. I will be putting in about 21-30 miles a week on it 3-5 of which will be off-road. I am limited on cash and all bikes listed I can find shipped and built for under $500. I have tested the Marin and like it but don't know much on reliability but because I am not an avid MTBer I want the best stock because I won't really giving the bike significant wear and tear.
Here are the bikes I'm looking at. All 2008 models
Marin Bolinas Ridge - http://www.marinbikes.com/2008/us/bi...inas_ridge.php
Specialized HR XC - http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkM...d=08HardrockXC
Cannondale F7 - http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/08/cusa/model-8FS7.html
Raleigh Mojave 5.0 - http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/moun...50/?page=specs
Jamis Trail X3 - http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/bikes/...8trailx3.html#
Can get all of these for under $500 which would you prefer and why
Thanks for the help everyone.