My kid's high school mountain bike team is doing a discounted group purchase of Specialized bikes. We're roadies at our house, so this MTB gear is new to us. Can you seasoned MTBers shine some light?
Ok -- so there are a lot of choices for the Specialized lineup. We're looking at hardtails. In the price range we're looking at, we have some choices regarding the frame material and the brand of fork:
Frame material: "A1" (cheaper) vs. "M4" (more expensive)
Fork: Suntour vs. RockShox; more specifically...
vs.Suntour XCT-V2-D-MLO, 80mm/100mm travel, Disc only 1pc alloy lower, 28mm Hiten stanchion and 1-1/8" steer, Mechanical LO, 13/15" = Soft 17/19" = Standard Coil/Mcu spring w/ preload adj., spring type mini boot seals
RockShox Dart 3 S-Lite La Femme, 13/15": 80mm, 17/19": 100mm, 28.6mm Cr-Mo stanchions with alloy steerer, coil spring, preload and rebound adj. w/ LO
How big of a difference are each of these choices? What do ya'll think?