entry level MTB - advice
I posted in the hybrid section as I wasnt sure if I wanted a mtb or hybrid and I think I've decided on a mtb only because thats what I've ridden all my life and feel more comfortable on one. Though Ill mostly be riding it on the road to help cross train for running- i dont really mind if its harder to pedal onroad.
I know I could put road tires on if I wanted, but I may end up riding it to my college (which is down a busy road with no sidewalks and grass/dirt on either sides).
Locally, there seems to be 3-4 major bike shops who all have their supporting bike: specialized, giant, trek and one has a mix of giant and specialized.
I'm on a budget (seeing as im in college). But im not wanting to go super cheap, but rather the best components/features for the price.
I'm really leaning towards the Giant revel 1 right now ($440) at my local shop.
I could use some help if there is a better option or just a confirmation from you guys that the Revel 1 is a great bike to start with.
thanks in advance