Me personally, I would take the 2007 Fuel EX8 (brand new, leftover right?)
Some will tell you rightfully that a hardtail is a better beginner bike due to less complexity, easier maintenance, and it's more unforgiving nature which "forces" better riding form... And they would all be right.
However, the root laden, rocky edged and whooped out high speed trails I frequent are simply no fun when you're chattering and klanking along.
Conclusion: Look at your trails, be honest about the type of riding you plan to do. Talk to some of the employees/ riders at your local shop for opinions on the hot setups for the trails in your area.
FS for the win. easier on the back and butt. good for riding for longer into the future, ie ten years from now your body will love you for it.
plus you have an option to put it into a lockout type mode if you want the more ht experience.
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