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Hello there, I am new to the MTB community and need some help with purchasing a new bike. My previous was a 2012 Giant Talon, but it was so uncomfortable so I sold it.

I have been to my local bikes shops. and test rode a few. Here is my question. Id like to have something with lockout, as well as hydraulic disc brakes. Should I really spend up to 1000$ on a bike? I will only be riding trails and free rides for the most part.

The bikes I have rode are the
2013 Trek Mamba
2013 Specialized Rockhopper comp
2013 Cannondale Sl3

These are the bikes I am mainly interested in. Please, someone help me in deciding which bike would be the fit for me, considering Im not going to be doing much downhill or mountain type.
 

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Lots of people do what you did. The Suntour fork is not designed for more than bike paths and easy traiols. There is a Suntour sponsored upgrade program to help. A Raidon air fork upgrade for 175 would have solved your ride quality issues.
The 2012 Spec would need the upgrade or it would be as uncomfortable as your Talon. 2013 now has a RS XC 28 TF coil fork
The Mamba has a decent fork.--the RS XC 32 TF. 32mm stantions are less flexy than the 28 on the Spec.
But if you gave up the Talon because of a poor fit and not ride issues, you need to demo a Mamba or other option and find a shop where the staff can make sure you are on the right size. Because of the slacker geo a Mamba should handle in a relaxed manner, good for confidence and skill development. With a good bike and the right fit you may find some fun trails close by.
Your profile says cross county. If that includes Devil's Den you have some good trails.
 

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I would ride every week. My butt and back were hurting. I was going on 2-3 hour rides normally. Sometimes if the weather would permit, Id stay out most of the day.
]Just confused at to if buying a bike with hydraulic brakes or mechanical. The brakes on the old talon solid i felt, but the reviews say hydraulic are the way to go?

Which bike would you say is more bang for the buck? I felt the Trek and Specilized were the more comfortable. Thank you for the help
 

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I rode all three of those bikes listed, and the trek and specialied both felt right. Im still confused as to the components on both in regards to durability, price.
 

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Assuming all 3 bikes were set up properly for you, if the Trek and the Specialized were the most comfortable then scratch the Cannondale.

As far as the 2013 Specialized Rockhopper comp and the Trek Mamba goes, the components are almost identical. Same fork, same derailleur both have similar hydros, etc. Assuming you like both bikes equally and they are very similarly priced, I would buy from the shop that has given better service. See what they offer you you after the purchase in tune ups. Some shops offer 1 free tune up and some even offer lifetime tune ups.

Both are nice bikes and if you like them both, you won't make a wrong purchase.
 
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