My first post on this forum. I'm in the market for a new cross country mountain bike. I'm looking for a hardtail in the $800-$1000 range. I weigh about 160 lbs and I'm 5'11", and I currently ride an 08 Specialized Hardrock. I ride recreationally and will also use it on pavement, possibly the occasional jump here and there but nothing extreme.
The most important features I'm looking for are good hydraulic disc brakes and a decent fork-I'm not as interested in getting a high end drivetrain. The most important component would be nice brakes. The model I'm most interested in is the Kona Cinder Cone, but I'm also considering a Felt Q720:
I also looked at the Specialized Rockhoppers, but ruled them out because it seems like you don't get very much bang for your buck anymore with the current models.
I was wondering if there are any other bikes I should be considering that have the features that I want in my price range or cheaper. Besides the brakes and fork, the only other minor complaint about my hardrock is that the handle bars seem like they're too low and I feel like I'm going to fall over the front of the bike sometimes on a downhill, so I'm also looking for a bike with a more upright riding position (or maybe I just need a raised stem).
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