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Poll Results: So which bike do you think would be best for the long haul?

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    Diamondback Sorrento 2011 - Front Suspension / 25 lbs for $330
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    Genesis V-2100 - Dual Suspension / 45 lbs for $165
post #1 of 2
Thread Starter 

It's been years since I've ridden a bike and plan to use my purchase for exercising too. I was thinking light trails, pavement riding, possibly some rocky trails and even joining in on some of these "bike parades / coalitions" I've seen around the city (about 50 to 100 cyclist being ******ed by police through traffic... looks like fun :) 


On a budget, but do prefer QUALITY. Which bike do you think would be best for the long haul?

Below is a set up of the specs to be easily compared side-by-side (with notepad or word) if it makes things easier :)

THANK YOU GUYS / GALS!!!!  I REALLY appreciate the help :)

My two options are; 
"Diamondback Sorrento 2011 - Front Suspension / 25 lbs" - http://www.diamondback.com/bik...ardtail/sorrento-11/
From Sports Authority for $330
**************** OR ****************
"Genesis V-2100 - Dual Suspension / 45 lbs" - http://genbikes.com/mountain/Genesis_V-2100_white.php
From Wal-Mart for $165
************ SPECS  *****************************
Diamondback Sorrento 2011
Frame: DB 6061-T6 heat-treated / butted aluminum w/ gusset, replaceable hanger 
Fork: Trail XC w/ Alloy crown 60mm travel 
Rear Shock: N/A 
Chain: KMC-Z51
Crankset: MTB Alloy Arm 24/32/42t 
F. Derailleur: Shimano Tourney, top pull, 31.8 
R. Derailleur: Shimano Altus 7spd 
Shifters: Shimano EF-51 Easyfire 7spd 
Brake Levers: Shimano EF-51 
Brakes: Tektro Alloy Linear 
Rims: 32h Weinmann XC260 Doublewall 
Tires: Kenda Dual Sport 26x1.95 
Stem: Alloy 4 bolt Ahead 
Handlebar: Steel Riser 
Seatpost: Alloy Micro Adjust 27.2mm 
Cassette/Gear: Shimano 7spd Freewheel (14-28t) 
Bottom Bracket: Cartridge Type 
Pedals: MTB Resin 
Seat: DB Men's ATB 
Headset: Ahead 1 1/8" 
Hubset: (F) 32h Alloy QR (R) 32h Alloy QR 
Spokes: 14g Stainless Steel 
Grips: DB Brics 130mm D2 Kraton 
*************** OR *********************************
Genesis V-2100
Frame: 26-inch full suspension aluminum MTB frame 4 bar linkage
Fork: Suspension fork 80mm travel
Rear Shocks: Coil 80mm travel
Chain: KMC
Crankset: Steel 28x38x48 L170mm
F. Derailleur: Shimano FD TZ31
R. Derailleur: Shimano Tourney TZ40 SIS
Shifters: Shimano EF40 21 Speed
Brake Levers: Shimano EF40 Integrated aluminum
Brakes: disk brake 160mm Linear Pull Rear
Rims: Alloy black 26-inch X1.5
Tires: MTB 26 x 2.1
Stem: A-head TDS63K-8 EXT:100mm 15D
Handlebar: Steel Riser MTB
SeatPost: Alloy micro adjust 27.2 X 300mm with quick-release
Cassette/Gear: Shimano MF TZ 07
Saddle: Velo black padded
post #2 of 2

i don't think that the Genesis sells for 165 usd, anyway you are comparing a hardtail against a double suspension bike, two very different riding feels,

maybe you should try them first if possible,

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