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Which bike to choose for first bike:

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I've surveyed the local market after reading these message boards and have come down to two choices. I am looking for a bike to tool around the neighborhood on during the week and to take to local trails on weekends. I've never rode a mountain bike before and am looking for a fun way to keep in shape.

The two bikes are:

Ironhorse Warrior Sport Disc from Dick's Sporting Goods
MSRP $ 300.00

Frame Material: 6061 T6 aluminum
Frame Angles: Unspecified
Sizes: 13.5", 15.5", 17.5", 19.5", 21.5"
Colors: Midnight Blue
Fork: Marzocchi MZ Comp, 105mm
Rear Shock: Not applicable
Brake Levers: Tektro aluminum
Handlebar: aluminum
Stem: aluminum
Headset: 1 1/8" Aheadset, zero stack
Front Der: Shimano FD-C050
Crankset: TruVativ X-Flow, 24/34/42 teeth
Rear Der: Shimano Acera
Pedals: aluminum platform
Tires: 26 x 2.1" WTB MotoRaptor


Specialized Hardrock Sport
(don't really know whats on it)
The bike shop guy told me it is not worth upgrading this bike which makes the extra $60 investment seem rather pointless. Is this bike that much better than the other.

Any advice would be much appreciated
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Another option to consider is-
Ironhorse made bikes for North Face and were sold at Galyans.
That store was bought by Dick's.
Dick's reduced the price of all the North Face bikes.
I bought a Yavapai which is close to an Ironhorse Maverick Disk.
Great bike.

If they have any Pumoris left check out the components on that.
I think they are down around $329. They orig. sold for about $600.
Seems like they are pretty comprable to one another. Id go with which ever place is gonna stand behind the product they are selling you. If equal go with the Iron Horse. If ya like MT biking as much as the rest of us you can buy a better bike when your skills advance.

I like the Hardrock

I have not ridden the Ironhorse, but I bought a Specialized Hardrock Comp last year. I realized it was not a top of the line bike, but I was making the switch from mostly road biking to mountain biking, and I did not want to invest a lot of money if I wasn't sure I was going to like riding off road.

I have taken it on the area trails and have absolutely no complaints, keeping in mind that I bought an entry-level hardtail.

I am sure that both bikes you looked at are great - just thought you wouldn't mind some feedback from someone who rides the Specialized.
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