hello all, I'm new to the MTB subforum.
I'm thinking of buying my first mtb mainly for the local trails and maybe use it to commute sometimes. I went to the LBS and took a look at the 09' hardrocks, they were the only bikes within my price range ($400-$500). I'm still debating on which model to get.
Which model would you guys reccomend for a first bike? I don't plan on upgrading any parts so I'm thinking of either getting the highest end one, sport with disc, or the lowest end one, regular with v-brakes.
My logic is that I can either have a bike with everything I need in the first place, or have a great starter bike with the basics for a price that I can afford sooner, and possibly upgrade some parts down the road.
What do you guys think? should I opt for the disc brakes even if I go with the non sport model? the shop owner reccomended the disc brakes.
I'm pretty set on buying the specialized hardrock unless there are any other reccomendations that are competetive in the price range ($400-$500).