pemps Posts: 4
edited September 2009 in MTB beginners
Good afternoon everyone.

Apologies if this is posted in the wrong place, I'm as new to internet forums as I am to mountain bikes so please be gentle.

I was a keen runner but my knee is now knackered so I'm looking to get a bike on the ride2work scheme and we're limited to one shop, evans cycles. I live pretty close to a canal so it'll be mainly used to go along the tow paths but I hope to get some off roading in too and obviously a small amount of road riding just to get to the places I want to ride off road.

My budget is up to £450 maximum (really can't go any higher due to helmet, lights and various other bits and bats that I'll be needing).

The bikes I've seen and am interested in are as follows:

Felt Q620 2009 ... e-ec017062

Specialized Hardrock Comp Disc 2010 ... e-ec019398

GT Avalanche 2.0 Disc 2009 ... e-ec016366

Trek 4300 Disc 2010 ... e-ec019682

If I can spend less then that would be great but I really don't have much of a clue where to start. A pal of mine told me to get Hydraulic discs but these generally seem to be just out of my budget (Felt being the exception) and also to try and get lock out forks to make road riding a little easier.

Any other recommendations are appreciated.