ok, i went to one of my lbs today after work. i've found a couple bikes that are pretty decent and within my budget.
- GIANT 04 YUKON (sr santor magnesium xcp-75 front fork, alivio rear dR, acera front dR.) $380 very light
- GIANT 04.5 BOULDER SE (sr santor front fork, shimano acera rear dR) $230-$280 kinda heavy
- GIANT 04 SEDONA DX (sr santor front fork, acera front and rear dR) $290 kinda heavy
- JAMIS RANGER SX (sr santor M3000, shimano 7 speed) $220 light weight
this is just from Performance Bike in Campbell. There are many other's there but way out of my budget. my price range is around 200-400. I haven't had the time to see The Off Ramp yet, but will do so this weekend. I've read thus far that the Giant Yukon has an awesome frame from MTBR. however, the gears and what not is not too great.
so for around my price range, i'm gonna have to check out other brands such as Jamis, Specialized, etc. but I would like to know what you guys think about the Giant Yukon frame though. i'm gonna be mainly using it for commute (which the bike will be stored in my cubical) and weekend trial riding with some drops and what not. but i don't want to get a bike that will require me spending tons of time on it cleaning it and keeping it in good shape. the yukon one seem to have so many parts.. disc brakes for one. i'm still trying to get use to the fact that bikes now have calipers with disc brake... (yes it's been a long while... hehe ) so i'm gonna have to check out the other bike shop and see what i should get. please give me your feedback.. cuz this site is awesome!!!