I've just decided to get back into biking after years and years without a bike (my last bike was a Marin B-17 which I bought in 1999!). Since those days I've got a house and mortgage and I can't really justify spending that kind of money any more, so I was looking at a few lower end bikes just to get me started. I've been to my local bike shops and had a look around, and I'm thinking I'm going to spend up to £400-450. The three bikes I'm looking at are
Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc http://www.leisurelakesbikes.com/pro...c2011&id=14649
Marin Bolinas Ridge http://shop.theedgecycleworks.com/12...nas-Ridge.html
Scott Aspect 40 http://www.bikes.org.uk/scott-aspect...mountain-bike/
All are around the same price, but to be honest I've no idea which is the best bike for the price. I've always ridden Marins, right from my very first Muirwoods, so I have no experience of the other two brands. The Scott looks nice in the green paint-scheme, but that's as far as my preference goes.
Does anyone have experience of these bikes, and if so, what would be your recommendation? I'm even tempted to spend £500 and get the Trek 4300 Disc because of the hydraulic brakes, but again I have no experience of Trek bikes either.
Any advice would be REALLY appreciated!
Thanks very much,
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