Im looking for a quality, new, fs bike as my first "real" mtb. Im not willing to spend an arm and a leg to test the waters of true mtb - by that i mean mostly aggressive xc riding, and the occasional trip to the hill country (TX). I stumbled upon the 07 Dakar xc in a LBS - looks fantastic, rides well, seems to fit my needs. However, this is their last 17" Dakar frame they have (its on clearance accordingly) and if i do not make a move soon, it will probably be gone - no reserve. They informed me that the 08 will not arrive until late February/early March.
Bottom line - are the upgrades to the front/rear suspension, from the 07 to 08, significant enough on this entry level fs bike that a newbie like me would appreciate it? Im also skeptical about paying 150+ $ more basically for the same bike.
Any advice and/or experience with a Dakar/Jamis as a whole would be appreciated.
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