Best Hardtail Mtn Bike for $600 (Cannondale F7?)
I need the bike for a ride tomorrow, so not much time to shop. No luck with anything used of yet. Would prefer attaching a rear rack via seat stays and some fenders.
I am overweight, but this bike will not get much abuse as I am a more conservative rider. So, good wheels I'm guessing is an important thing. Riding will be 75% pavement and 25% light trails and beginner mtn bike trails.
I work close to an REI with has a Cannondale F7 for $599 (size Large works good for me). Is this the best that I can do for $600 (or under). I do have access to a shop with Specialized, a shop with Trek, and a Performance bike store.
I DO WANT THE SUSPENSION FORK TO HAVE LOCKOUT (or no suspension) as I will be riding it on pavement as much as off-road.
I know that the F7 fits for size Large. Does Cannondale geometry match with Trek, Specialized, etc for comparison purposes. I would also consider something like Specialized CrossTrail if it would hold up for the offroad stuff.
Thanks In Advance