I have looked around the forums as much as I could trying to take in as much info as possible before asking for advice, so here it goes.
I live in downtown Chicago and I'm planning on buying a bike that I can hit the trails near by on my days off (There isn't much in terms of overly technical trails, and a lot of up and down). I also want this bike to be capable of the bike parks in the UP and lower michigan where I would like to hit the free ride features and take on the technical trails that they have. I basically need something to fill the void left by the lack of skiing in the summer.
Here is the fun part, I have a hookup at Marin Bikes, where I can get a bike at or close to wholesale. I am looking to spend as little as possible for the bike that best suits my needs.
If this bike can take the level of riding that I am interested in, I would be happy:
MARIN BIKES**|** Mountain FRS**|**FRS XC 120 **|**East Peak 5.5
If totally necessary I would look into this bike, but I already know it will cost more than I want to spend:
MARIN BIKES**|** Mountain FRS**|**Quad XM 140 **|**Mount Vision XM6
I thought at first that I wanted to get into downhill, but from what I gathered, it seems that I'm looking for a bike that I can ride trails aggressively on and get just a little bit of air on when called for.
If it matters I'm about 175lbs
Thanks for the help.
EDIT: I also would be open to upgrading over time if necessary (e.g. a fork with more travel)
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