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Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Warren, Pa - Clarion Co. Camp
Re: Hybrid Or Mountain Bike???
Get a mountain bike. Hybrids aren't built to take the abuse of any real trail riding. Hybrids are just that....a combination of features from road, leisure and mtb's.....that usually isn't the best option. You can very easily make a mtb suitable for the road or smooth RR trails(tires, air pressure, etc.), but it just doesn't work well the other way around.
Your budget and what you want to do with the bike make a difference. Go to your local bike shop, talk to them and ride some bikes. If I were to ever ride trails I wouldn't want a rigid fork. You don't need a full $u$pen$ion rig either if you're only on trails a little bit....I ride a hardtail regularly on rough trails and can't justify a full-$qui$h!
It all depends on what you want to spend for what you need. Pricing on bikes is mostly components. That means it's the quality of the 'stuff' like derailleurs, cranks, brakes, chainrings, cassettes, fork, etc. pretty much drive the price. In bikes it truly is a cost for quality too....not just a mark-up.
If you know your way around bikes(wrenching, setup, maint. etc.), know what you want and what size there's an online retailer that has some of the best prices, but no support(this is where your LBS is as good as gold!). I recommend the LBS route.....and I've done it both ways!
I'm afflicted with some kind of mountain biking disease that keeps me up to snuff on the gadgets and all that good stuff. Ask away and I'll do my best to answer any questions or help out any way I can.
You really under estimated the ramifications of the boondoggle you have just perpetrated!