So I am in the market for a mountain bike and I figured you might have some insights. I am working up in bishop this summer and I thought Iíd get a few days in at/around mammoth, although I am looking for more of an XC-type bike. First off Iím looking to spend $700-1000. I can get a good deal through my club on a KHS bike.
I havenít seen the í05 price list yet, but that range would safe cover the KHS Alite 2000, XC204(maybe the 604) and the comp st. I have ridden extensively on trails in norcal on a hardtail trek 4500. and have never really felt that I need full suspension, but havening never ridden full suspension, I donít know what difference it makes. Iíd like a bike that is good all around, both climbing and on descents. And thoughts on the KHS softtail? I also want something that will last me a while. The 4500 with a Deore groupo always felt really solid for me, and I donít care about the wieght that much. I am thinking about buying the high end frame (the 4000 or the 904r or the teamSt) and putting midlevel components on it, which I could always upgrade later. I canít tell from the website if the high -nd frames have tabs for disc brakes or not. Again, I have never ridden disc brakes before, but I have had bad breaking experiences with rims covered in mud before. I hear that el cheapo cable disc breaks suck ass, but that high end mechanicals are great and that hydraulics are good but hard to service. Also are UST tires/rims worth the extra money? I guess they are lots more work to maintain, but provide a really nice ride.
The last question I have is Shimano vs SRAM. I have been hearing good things lately about. Should I be looking at the x.7 x.9 stuff in adittion to deore/lx?
Iím sure most of this stuff was repeated elsewhere, but any inisghts you have would be super helpful.