Need help with purchasing decision... PLEASE HELP.


New Member
Nov 19, 2011
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 :) [SIZE=10pt]THANK YOU GUYS / GALS!!!! I REALLY appreciate the help :)[/SIZE]

My two options are; "Diamondback Sorrento 2011 - Front Suspension / 25 lbs" - From Sports Authority for $330 **************** OR **************** "Genesis V-2100 - Dual Suspension / 45 lbs" - 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


Well-Known Member
Jan 11, 2009
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,