I do mostly cross-country, or better say cross-city with little ladders, border jumps and stuff. Also i ride in winter - with a help of spiked tires.
Now, my present ride is in pretty poor condition - GT Palomar has lasted only for 2500 miles of harsh riding. Also i it is pretty heavy due to iron frame and it breaks often too!
I'm purchasing a new hardtail for approximately 600 USD. Although here in Moscow one can buy lottsa different brands, i narrowed my choice to 2 models - GT Avalanche 1.0 and Specialized Hardrock Sport. They both have mechanical disc brakes - as i'm sick and tired of constant v-breake tuning, but the equipment installed is quite different - Avalance can boast of Deore things, Specialized has Acera-class parts. The frames differ greately - Hardrock's seems to be a tough runner and Avalanche's is a XC machine. Also Specialized is a bit heavier than GT, but i suppose more reliable.
How is Hardrock riding cross-country? Does its weight prevents the rider from going 60smth km rides? I suppose GT is more preferable (due to the lesser weight) but i also jump (not high for the time being) and would like to have a strong unbreakable frame. Also the geometry of GT? Is it good - as i have heard about Avalanche's frame geometry being not really good (whatever)?
Any advice on the matter?
MANY thanx in advance!
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