I recently had a discussion with one of my close friends on our preferences when it comes to mountain biking. We both ride hardtails, he rides a trek 8500 and i ride a specialized rockhopper.
As the convo went on it turned into more of an argument and i decided to get some other opinions on this subject.
I chose the rockhopper, not becuz its my bike but becuz it felt better overall than the trek. shifting was smoother, suspension were both very good so i cant decide between the 2, specialized was just a tad bit lighter than the trek,and lastly the handling was a little better on the specialized. (both bikes are stock with nothing done to them)
if you have any input please let me know as I am curious to know what other people think.