My wife and I are considering ditching our road bikes in favor of mountain bikes. We don't want to spend too much money, as we won't be doing anything too technical or aggressive. But we definitely won't only be doing light trails, so the bikes need to be good, reliable machines.
I was offered the Kona Blast, among other bikes, and I immediately liked it, after test riding quite a few bikes. After that, the same shop suggested I try a GT Karakoram 1.0. Better fork and 29'' wheels. The owner said I'll fall in love with the feel of the 29er. (I'm 6'11)
I can't say I fell in love, but I liked it just as much as the 26'' Blast.
Theoretically, I can see the advantages, but I have to take it for a real ride to really understand it.
What I did definitely feel was that it was more sluggish, in maneuvering and acceleration. It is also heavier.
So, for some single tracks and longer cross country riding with the missus (who'll probably end up taking a Trek 4500 or Kona Blast) what should I take into consideration when looking at these two bikes (the GT and the Blast)?