OK, so I thought I knew what I wanted for my first MB... I owned Cannondales in the past (albeit over 20 years ago!) and they have been very good to me. Looking to get back into the game, and thought I would go straight to Cannondale again. The Trail SL 29'er 1 seemed like a good first bike. Then I noticed the F291, and even though it was more expensive, I rationalized that it makes more sense to get a better bike to start with and not having to upgrade components in my first year or two. Going with the F291 would bring my budget into the $2,200 range (quote from LBS).
All that said, another LBS is a Niner dealer, and a friend encouraged me to consider a Niner over the Cannondale. I looked at the AIR 9 and the EMD 9... they have the same geometry and are both alloy, so I am thinking I can get an EMD 9 for the about same $$$ as the F291.
Niner would have X7 and Avid Elixir 1. F291 has X9/X7 and Avid Elixir 7 not to mention the Lefty.
My question is: Does one bike have an advantage over the other??? I'm a newbie here, so any guidance would be great!!!
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