Hey everyone, I'm a new rider and am shopping around to find a good all around first bike. I'm in the 1k price range but am willing to go up a little for something worth the money. I am focusing on a hardtail for simplicity factor and that I don't plan on doing any serious downhill riding. I will mostly be riding trail and don't think I need the FS. That being said, I went down to my local shop to check out some bikes. The two that really caught my eye were the giant xtc 2 29 for $1100 http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/....2/5730/36261/ and the Felt Q720 on sale for $750 http://www.feltbicycles.com/USA/2010...ries/Q720.aspx
I'm not bike savvy so a lot of my information was coming from the sales guy who IMHO seemed knowledgeable. He informed me that the felt was a new brand but provided alot of bang for the buck. The giant had slightly better components and was a better bicycle when you looked at everything on it as a whole. He also stated that the 29 wheels make trail riding and clearing obstacles easier.
Now what I ask of you knowledgeable folk is what do you think of those two choices for a guy who wants to buy something quality that I can grow into without breaking the bank. OR...is both rides blow them what would you recommend (within my 1k ish price range) and why. Thanks for your replies and for reading through this wall of text
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