Help with a 29er Hardtail for Trails
I'm looking for a bit of help on choosing a bike. I will be using it for riding on the roads for about 10 miles sometimes to get to the trails, and then going up and down single/technical tracks. The trails aren't too heavy going but there will be little drop offs and possibly even small jumps. Based on what I want to use it for I have pretty much decided upon a hardtail 29er, would you say that is the right choice for what I want to use it for? I also want something that will go up the hills well, but will be able to survive a knock or two on the way down. I won’t be using it for racing more for fun, so a compromise between weight and strength is need I think. Based on this I have been looking at the Kona Kahuna, Giant XTC (Not composite) and the Specialised stumpjumper comp/carve. Does anybody have any suggestions as to what would be the best to get based on what I want to use it for, or perhaps another bike with a better spec but similar'ish price.