I just purchased a Trek 4500 as my first bike in 6yrs after my GT Avalanche, and Schwinn Moab were stolen(at different times). Thank god I can drive now and don't have to use bikes to commute.

I hope this is a good bike! I plan to ride on rough trails with mild obstacles(logs, roots, rocks) and the occasional jumping. I couldn't afford a freeride or AM bike or I would have gotten one of those.

Only question I have which will me in component shopping, what is the difference between freeride and all-mountain? They seem similar but the bikes are way different.