Well heres the deal, I have been looking over these forums for a while now and have finally narrowed down my bike search ( well I think i have). What I am looking for is a freeride hardtail of sorts that I can basically use for everything. I will be riding some small - medium sized northshore/freeride stuff (probably bigger as I get better), some dirt jumps, regular old trails, and a bit of urban stuff with stairs, drops, etc. Ideally the bike would also be able to ride on the road for shortish distances ( less than 30 miles ). Heres the hardest part, it needs to be at the 600 buck mark. My current ride is an 05 Hardrock sport and It has been a good bike but the frame is a bit large for the more aggresive riding I want to get into.
Here are the bikes I am currently looking at
08 Jamis Komodo 1
Im leaning towards the Jamis komodo becuase it seems to get good reviews and seems to fit what I want and it is the most within my price range. Plus I would have enough left over to buy a full face helmet or shinguards. My only concern with it is whether it is going to hold up to bigger drops and jumps.It is closely followed by the Kona shred, the thing I dont like about the kona is the shorter travel ( I will be using it for freeride and trails too) and I have heard stories about the frames cracking ( is this true??)
I would appreciate any opinions or thoughts to help me decide
thanks and sorry for the long post