Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Fairmont WV
Bikes: GT Ricochet, Mongoose Villain
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I recently had to make the same choice. I was actually looking for a Cdale 29er 2 but the price was just past what my wife would allow
so it was the 4, the Rockhopper Expert 29er, Gary Fisher Cobia, and the Diamondback Overdrive 29er. I also test road a new Giant 29er because it seemed to be the newest 29er available but it was also out of my price range.
I had a bad experience with Mongoose after they sold out which kind of gave me a bad taste for Diamond back. I think Cannondale also recently sold out to Pacifica and could end up being sold at Dicks, Target or even worse.... Wal Mart.
In the end I went with the bike that had the best fit/feel which was the Expert 29er. Mine came with a Tora Fork but was $1,300. I think the new Rockhopper is that comes with the Dart is cheaper so you could always upgrade the fork.