Hey, I recently purchased an entry level bike to get back into riding, with no intentions of taking it off road. Diamond Back Outlook. solid bike, but really not made for any intermediate trails. After taking it through the trails at alafia a few times, i really want to upgrade to something built more for that.
Ive recently visited several bike shops, and was shown and suggested the specialized rockhoppers, trek 4300, 4500, 6000, and 6500, and the Kona Blast. it seems if money wasnt an issue, the 6500 would be my best choice? but assuming money is an issue, are there any other recommendations you guys could offer, or perhaps input and personal feedback on the bikes ive listed.
I was told to check out MTBR for product reviews, and most of the reviews for those bikes are for the 2006/2007/2008 models, and most say the same things about the fork being useless, bad pedals,etc. however others also say they're perfectly fine.
if anyone has any personal experience with these bikes, id love to hear from you if you have the time. once again, im pretty new to the sport, and have a mediocre knowledge of the parts and components involved.
thanks in advance for any feedback!