I have mountain biked before, though I definitely consider myself to be in the beginner category. I just moved to a new place with lots of trails within close proximity, so I want to get a new bike that I will ride on trails, do some uphill, and some down hill. In addition, I might take the bike maybe once a year during the summer to Mammoth to ride some trails there.
I just started looking at a Giant 2011 Trance X3 priced at about $1,599 at my local bike shop.
1. Based on how I described using the bike, does anyone have any opinions on this bike?
2. Can anyone recommend any other bikes I should consider in this same price range?