I'm looking for a new all-mountain bike. My previous bike was a jamis dakar sport, which held up well but turned out to be too weak for the stuff I hit. I'm doing some 4-5 foot drops, and i ended up cracking the frame of the dakar. Anyway, it's way too small for me and I need a new bike.
My local bike shops are having some pretty great deals on bikes, and I found two which I think fit the bill. The Cannondale Rize 4 and the Giant Reign 1. They have very similar components, with identical suspension and comperable shifters, hydrolic brakes etc. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with either of these bikes, as I really cannot decide. They are both 08 models, very close in price, the cannondale is just $100 cheaper, but on this scale $100 isn't really a whole lot.
I was leaning towards the Rize. It just looks a little better with the blue and white paint job. But the suspension of the Giant just seemed a little more agile to me. Also, though it is not as importaint, the Giant just seemed like a light downhill bike, whereas the Cannondale seemed like a strong XC bike with some extra suspension. I'm thinking that the Giant might work better for me, but I really don't know.
Thanks in advance!