My wife bought me an Mongoose XR-100 for christmas from wal mart, it made noises in the chain, so anyway after reading all of the bad press that this bike gets, I returned it, and I have ordered a diamondback Coil 04. Have I made a good choice, this is my first bike since I was 13 years old, I ride with my wife in the neighborhood or on light trails, and I also take care of my bikes very well. Is this a durable bike? any info would be helpful, I have read as many reviews as I could before I ordered, it was between the Giant Boulder SE and this bike, and I just felt like I wanted full suspension, plus that is what my wife has. Thanks look forward to posting in the future.
Here's a rule of thumb: Never touch a full suspension bike under $1000. Below that too much suffers (component wise) from the need to cheapen to get the rear suspension. I'm not trying to be harsh but you should have gotten the Giant.
saddle Giant Groove Plus, VARIABLE-DENSITY MTB with Kevlar bumpers
seatpost Alloy micro-adjust, 30.8, QR Seat lever
rims Alloy, 36H, black w/ brushed sidewall
hubs Alloy, 36H, QR, double seals
tires MTB knobby w/ center ridge 26x2.1
cassette Shimano 14-34T, 7-speed MegaRange
spokes Stainless Steel 14G
The main things I'd be concerned with (other than the fact from my previous post) are the freewheel on the DB (Shimano freewheels are becoming a b!tch to find) and the weight of the DB the Giant is going to be much easier to pedal for longer distances due to the fact of it's lighter weight.
Personaly I would go with teh giant.. on lower end FS bikes you suffer sever loss of power with FS and weight goes up. So you will utilize more power to go the same distance.. But in the end if you enjoy riding it that is all that matters
Whichever one makes you glad to be back on a bike!
If it were my money and I was wanting to ride local sealed and unsealed trails/paths, I'd get the Giant. Lighter weight, easier to upgrade in the future, and possibly a stronger frame. In that price range, full suspension is more likely to be a disadvantage in most scenarios. Harder to pedal on flats and uphills (more weight plus you lose power through suspension bob), and not really a good enough rear shock to be of a huge advantage on downhills or rugged terrain.