I am a middle ager who is new to MTB. I have been doing some homework and am reaching information overload on what I should get in the way of a bike. I have finally ruled out the local Marts.
I saw locally a used MOAB 2 (1998) in excellent condition for $450 -(Shimano Deore XT rear Derailleur,
Shimano Deore LX shift levers, Avid SD-1.9L V Brakes, Mavic X 221 rims,Rock Shox Judy T2 Front Suspension, Aluminum 7005 Alloy Frame)
Then I go to the Schwinn website and see the new 2004 MOAB HT for $700 (haven't priced it anywhere else yet).
I have read the MOAB is suppose to be a good bike.
Should I be considering something else? TREK? SPECIALIZED? ? ? ? I would prefer to stay below the $600 price level, but don't want to feel like I need to upgrade to "something better" anytime in the near future.
Sorry for being so vague...and feeling lost in a world of wheels and accessories.