I'm out in the boonies, about a hour drive into Salem Oregon. I could get a ride into town where there is a bike shop to buy a bike but I'm not all too interested in the trouble. I'm a bigtime mail-order shopper and to be honest it really sucks Specialized refuses to do business outside of retailers/bike shops.
I really do want a Specialized, I've read in these forums that the Hardrock pro is a very good entry level bike. But I don't want a used one from Ebay or whatever and I can't find anyone that sells Specialized online or through the mail etc. So, I happened across the web site for IBEX bikes (www.ibexbikes.com) and am thinking about buying their Alpine 550.
What do you all think? Should I go with an IBEX for the convenience of it being brought to my doorstep or should I mow the neighbors lawn for a ride into the city to buy a Hardrock at a shop?