sorry, need some special attention here and didnt want to glam onto the other mega-thread.
three bikes i am leaning towards..
Trek Flex EX 9..(maybe a Remedy 9 $$)
Santa Cruz Blur LT
Specialized Epic comp. 29er
i like aluminum frames..i only ride cross country. no downhill stuff for me, besides what i get for riding uphill
i ride my ancient (2000) Specialized FSR now daily. i do it to relieve stresses of work, and help my hypertension. it is working. my doc is happy for me. i went into a store to buy tubes and patches..and they sell all three brands. they only had a Flex onsite, but they said their other location as more of the others.
man..any recommendations? i have been out of bike shopping for so long! it is insane..only 2 front chainrings?!!! who would have thunk it?
wife is about to let me pull the trigger!!