treky92 wrote:For that type of price point you are not going to get good brakes and a good fork. The reviews are probably comparing the fork and brakes to better bikes and components. While neither of these bikes are going to have great componentry, go with the one that fits you better.
maddslacker wrote:You're awfully concerned about Palmer Park ... have you even ridden any of these around the parking lot?
Test ride as many bikes as you can that fit your budget, get the one that fits and feels the best, then ride it wherever you want.
I spent my first three years of mountain biking riding a $150 used Specialized Rockhopper all over Colorado and Utah. The only upgrades I made to it in that time were tires and the fork. And yes it could handle trails like Palmer Park.
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