I'm looking for some suggestions for a reasonable bike that's a step up from a cheap 12 year old Mountain Bike I currently have. As I'm new to this I'm not sure what's good and what "features" are important.
I'll be using the bike for riding in gravelled forest trails but have also started riding approx 10 miles on roads 3 times a week.
2 Bikes I'm currently looking at are the Trek 4300 and the Specialized Hardrock Comp Disc as this is the lowest price one in their range that has locking suspension - (how important is that for roads) ??
Also they're both a bit more than I really wanted to spend I was trying to keep it under £400 and they're both £450 (have to draw a line somewhere and it started as a £250 budget ).
The Trek does come with normal brakes rather than disc for less than £400 but again not sure how much of an advantage they are ?
Any help or alternative suggestions appreciated!