Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Speialized Roubaix, Giant OCR-C, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 01 Bianchi Campione, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount
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I wouldn't get hung up on hydraulic VS mechanical as a decision point at your price range. IMHO, Avid mechanicals are excellent brakes that modulate well.
I agree with your assessment of spring shocks, but at your price point, I don't think you have many options. Bikes that come with a good air shock with dampening are priced way up there.
Giant, as you know, is one of the big three bike manufacturers. They make a good bike. If you like the Revel, and it's in your price range, I'd say buy it. It's certainly on par with anything in that price range and it will be able to handle the type of riding you're doing. You might want to check out Trek and Specialized before you buy.
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