I've been riding road for the past 8 years. I want to start riding trails in San Diego. Aesthetically I tend to like minimal bikes, which is why (with the little research I have done) I am attracted to hardtails or even rigid.
What's your guys' thoughts on a bike like this as my first mountain ride ($650 on CL)?
How easy would it be to add gears (because I am certain I will get over SS very quickly)?
Or would I be better off with something like this ($650 on CL):
Or maybe you guys can point me in a better direction?
Here are some of the bikes I have been looking at/influenced by:
I'll take a guess and say these bikes are out of my budget (~$1,000) but is there a way to get a similar aesthetic at my budget? Basically the Caad10 of the mountain bike world is what I am looking for. Versatile, stylish, durable, workhorse, no frills but still excellent quality for the price. The best bang for the buck ride...in black!
Last thing, I would potentially like to race as well, but that is not a huge priority...so I guess versatility should be factored in.
Hope this is not confusing, I expect the bike porn to keep you entertained enough to help me out