You would get more bang for your buck with perhaps a hardtail (no rear suspension) mtn bike by Giant. Giant is the maker of most of the frames out there, for other companies like Specialized and Trek, so if you go right to the source so to speak, you tend to get a bit more bike for the price. I like the hardtail mtn bikes because they are a good all around bike. Fine on the pavement but say a friend calls ya up and says they want to try some gravel road or a trail, it's fine for that too.
Some folks like the hybrid or city type bikes.. I'm not a big fan of them, but we're all different. My first bike was a Specialized Rockhopper mountain bike. Nothing fancy. Cost me 400 bucks. I rode that bike EVERYWHERE. Paths, trails, road. Boyfriend upgraded everything on it, and I entered and won my first mtn bike race on it. I've since gotten other bikes, but I've hung on to it as a loaner bike, and for sentimental value. But where I paid 400 for that, I believe 400 would get you a bit of a better bike if you got a Giant.
My boyfriend owns a bike shop, and there we sell Giant, Marin, Breezer (the comfort type bikes), Orbea, Ridley etc. Giant is very very popular though.
Edited by: MTNBIKENV at: 6/30/2007 (20:25)
A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for.