My '99 Trek 7000 exploded a few years ago and has been sent to the bike graveyard. I've been riding road bikes for the past three years but I've felt the itch to get on the trails again. I want a new cross country bike for less than $800.
I get a discount at a local sports store where they carry Felt and Jamis mountain bikes. I've been looking at the Felt Nine Comp and the Jamis Durango 3. I can get the Felt for $700 or the Jamis for $500. I'm just looking for opinions on which would be the better value. I will probably be riding this bike 3 or 4 times a month (maybe 50-80 miles/month) so it won't see nearly as much action as my road bikes.