Hello all. I am looking to buy my first mountain bike. Will be riding trails mostly, some downhill. The bikes that I am looking at are the Bianchi Deniali 2003 for $825 (only one left at the bike shop), Haro Escape 8.3 2004 $1030 (a little too much $), or a Haro Escape 8.2 $725. The Deniali is really nice. I like the specs better than the 8.2. Havn't ridden the Haros yet though, 100+ mile drive to do so.
I was looking at some used bikes on Ebay, but a pain to find the right size. I would then have to chase one around to ride it, and I don't know how good of shape it would be in.
What would you guys buy if you were me? BTW, I am 135lbs, and 5'7", if it really matters.