Question on specs on some entry-level bikes.
I'm new to the sport. I race mx on a quad and recently had an accident, broke 3 ribs and collapsed both lungs. My doc wants me to start riding bikes some as therapy for my lungs and body. I have buds that ride some and I've thought about it and I think I want to get into it altogether for a new hobby.
My budget is around 3 bills. I want a full susp. setup but can't afford it. Is the hardtail sufficient for decent trailing and downhilling? My local shop has the following that fit in my budget currently:
- Trek 3700
- Specialized Hardrock XC
- Trek 4100
- Specialized Hardrock Sport
I realize there are 2 different levels there, but I'm having a hard time justifying the difference in the levels.
The Specialized XC uses an 80mm fork, the Sport uses a 100mm RST fork and the Trek 3700 uses an inferior RST fork and the 4100 has an InSync fork. Both Treks and the XC have 21 speeds and the Sport has 24 speeds, but I like the EZ Fire system on the Trek, seems easier to get used to.
I just wanted some opinions on longevity and ability for me to learn and still have fun on in the future. I will never be at the point that I will pay 3k for a bike, but I'm sure I'll have a need or want to upgrade some as that's what I do with every other hobby.
Is the 3700 or Hardrock XC a good enough starter or will the benefits of the 4100 or Sport be the bare minimum? Also, what's the better setup the Trek or the Specialized.
I'm sure this question is asked way too much and I searched around and read some posts but couldn't really find exactly what I was looking for.