I am pretty set on getting a job this coming summer in order to afford a new bike! I am starting to get a bit confused as to what to get, though, and I could use any valuable input. I had pretty much narrowed it down to a Kona Cadabra (or Abra Cadabra, which ever I could afford). I really like the look of the Magic Link and all that, but it looks like a complicated design, and to me, complicated = points of failure and lots of maintenance. The benefits of the Magic Link, I figured, would outweigh this potential risk. Then ('twas a miracle) the Diamondback Mission series started calling my name...and I love the look of the Knucklebox. From what I've heard, it is incredibly simple, reliable, and strong. And I've also heard that it climbs like a champ (which was my main concern).
So, to get to the point, which bike is the better, more reliable bicycle? Are there any durability issues with the Magic Link? Am I overthinking this??? Haha, sorry about all the questions, by the way. I'm getting into biking for real now that I'm on my own, and I'd never been all that serious about it throughout highschool. Also, are the bikes comparably priced?
Any information at all (even suggestions for other bicycles) is much appreciated! I just need a bit of help getting through this foggy decision-making phase. And by the way, I live in the Southwest, which gives me access to desert and mountains, so I ride what I would call a combination of AM and XC...it depends on the day, really. Thanks!
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