I'm new to this forum and new to Mountain Biking. My friend took me couple of days ago and I just fell in love with the Hobby. I was using a Trek Hardtail he let me borrow which was way to big for me and I felt I could of enjoyed it better if I had my own MTB to my dimensions. So after days of research My budget is around 500-700$. Which brought me down to two choices.
Giant Talon 5 27.5 (16" frame) 570$ at LBS
DiamondBack Axis Sport 16" Frame 599$ at LBS (This was on sale from 749$)
I've been going back and forward looking at reviews. I test rode both of them in their parking lot but wish i could of took it on a trail. I'm mostly going to be doing trails as I live in FL and there is no big mountains, But there is amazing single trails.
So i figured i go on a forum and get others people input for the prices. They both come with Suntour
Axis Sport- SR Suntour XCR-LO 27.5 100mm Travel, 30mm stanchions, Speed Lock, Magnesium Lower, alloy Crown
Giant Talon- SR Suntour XCT MLO, w/lockout
Here is the specs side by side.
I know you guys would have more experience at comparing and woudl be able to give me some input. Eventually I will go Full Suspension, but this is something i could get now. So i could enjoy the hobby now, then save up where I would trade my Hardtail for a Full-Suspension.
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