The market has gotten much better with most companies offering at least one model in each size that suits real needs (aluminium, light, no suspension etc...) If you're close to Canada, you might look at a quick trip to a shop that carries Opus bikes. If one of the shops near you carries Raleigh bikes, the Rowdy looks reasonable, or at least the current model. It looks like the older ones had suspension forks. If there's an REI nearish, you may be able to order a Raleigh thru them and they have a liberal return policy. Trek has one too, I think the MT 60.