I am in the final stages of buying a new Mountain Bike. I am not a huge Mountain Biker, really want to do gravel gates Forest Service roads on damp days or high traffic times of day when road biking isn't so great. I mostly road bike, but sometimes get tired of the traffic situations (have a Trek Pilot 5.0 WMSpecific road bike, LOVE IT!)
I am 95% sure I want hardtail, because I do'nt plan to do technical, don't want to spend over $1500 and want to keep it as light as possible. I"m narrowed down to 3 options and would like feedback
Trek6000WSD, 2010 15.5" women's specific. $900--sharp looking, good brand, good bike shop.
Specialized MykaSport/Elite, the sport 15" was super comfortable and felt like the right size, I"m a bit worried about the low end of this model, so may look into Elite -- smae bike shop as TREK
KHSAlite2000--I saw a size medium (17") and liked it alot, but they didn't have a small. This is NOT women's specific, and from what I can tell the KHS Wms specific is just the same bike in a differernt color. This is NOT the case with Specialized and Trek, those two companies have different WMS geometry, seats, handlebars, shifters/brakes etc. BUT the KHS has better components, I think is lighter and my local shop said he could get me a 15" mens for $900 (200 under list) -- BUT I hate that I can't test drive before the order
So, I want to hear your feedback, experience, advice on these brands and models
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