I have just 2 questions, I am new the the mountain bike scene and so I am just doing some research on the differents bikes in the shops in my area. I am not looking to spend too much money for the fact that I am just looking for a nice bike for starters, maybe later I'll upgrade to another bike or my components, I am considering a Raliegh (sp?) I dont remember the year or model, but its a front suspesion folk (rockshock judy) with disc brakes, I take it they are mech not hydro. This bike is $549. My question is...
1. What are the benefits of disc brakes vs regular brakes?
2. Can I upgrade from mech disc brakes to hyrdo disc brakes?
3. Should the folk feel stiff or bouncy? one bike had a rock shock which was stiff and another bike had a montour folk which was more soft and bouncy.