Hi all..So after years of riding a full suspension Mongoose that I purchased in 1996 (yeah I know..thats terrible) I am ready to make an upgrade (which won't be all that hard to do).
I mostly ride single track in the mountains of western NC. I am looking at buying a hardtail in either 27.5 or 29er. Was wondering what y'all think might be better for me out of these three:
1) Bikes direct: Save up to 60% off new Mountain Bikes - MTB - Gravity 29Point3 29er Mountain Bikes
I have done some research and understand the downfalls to buying online.
2) Airborne Gaurdian 2.0: Airborne Bicycles. Guardian 2.0
3) Scott Aspect 740 from a local shop: SCOTT Aspect 740 Bike - SCOTT Sports
Also, the SCOTT is a 27.5..would this be a better fit for someone my size (5'5")?
The Scott from my lbs would cost a few hundred $ more, and have some cheaper components?, however the lbs does offer lifetime tune-ups (which I'm sure will more than make up for the difference in cost after a few years). I have not had much experience working on bikes, but being handy will surely be learning too (and looking forward to being able to do my own tune-ups). However, going from a bike that is 17 yrs old to a bike with disk brakes, and all the fancy new components, I figure I'll let the lbs do the initial set-up even if I go with an online bike.
What are your opinions on these bikes as far as best bang for the buck?
Thanks and any suggestions are appreciated!