In the market for a 29er (my 1st). Narrowed it down to these 2:
2012 Trek Cobia from my local bike shop, can get it for somewhere between $1000 and $1100. Comes with 2 yrs free maintenance and the shop is like a minute from my house,
2011 Haro Mary XC Expert. It's a steel frame so I worry a bit about the weight, although as a more expensive bike it might not really weigh more than the Cobia- maybe even less? I can get it online for around $1000 but I would have to pay a bit for shipping, plus pedals, and a bit more for the bike shop to build. So I figure around $1200 or so, but no free maintenance.
I am not a racer but I want a pretty fast bike, one that can handle both streets and trails since I ride a mix of both. I have no illusions about keeping up with roadies on the streets, but I would like it to feels a little faster on the road than my current old 26er.
Which should I get? I am 5'11 and about 160 lbs if that matters.
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