Well I've been researching bikes for the last couple months and this being my first serious bike, I want to make a good decision. My price range is 7-800 dollars and from what I have seen I have seen, my best option is a Giant Rainier.
Now before I go into my questions I want to tell you about my style when it comes to sports. Im the type who learns quickly, and likes to "push it" to a certain extent. I want a fairly inexpensive bike as the prices I quoted above, but at the same time a bike that i can grow into and be happy with for a while as my skill improves.
So I came here to ask you guys if a Rainier would in fact be the best bike for me. Does this bike allow for decent size impacts and fairly rough trails? My firends rides single track trails all the time, so would this bike perform well on them?
Keep in mind im 19 and am currently in a tight financial situation which explains my interest in this bike. Therefore, I could start with thithe Rainier and upgrade it later on with higher end shimano.
thanks for any input!