1) Fuji Tahoe Pro. A front suspension 29'er.
2) Iron Horse Hollowpoint MKIII Comp. A full suspension 26'er with a DW-link rear.
I was looking into replacing my ancient no-suspension MTB and these two are available locally for a decent price (ie, last year's models). The IH is $400 more than the Fuji.
Yes, they are rather different bikes.
Iron Horse is out-of-business (which means no warranty on the frame). You can still get hangers and bearing kits for it but other parts for the RS might be hard to get.
I wasn't looking for a full-suspension bike but this IH appears to be pretty good for cross country and climbing (people say it's "versatile"). The DW-link RS apparently "locks out" when pedalling.
I'm not sure if I'm interested in doing overly gnarly stuff and not an expert by any means. Various things got in the way of doing any MTB for the past few years.
Any comments about which way to go?