Hello, since my bike got stolen this week, I have been looking for a new one seeing as I don't think I will ever see it again. If anyone knows anything about good bikes, inform me. I know about bikes but its not my sport. My Trek that got stolen had Shimano and Bontrager components, which were all top end, but I cannot afford anything like what I had. I am down to a GT Peace 9r Multi (http://www.gtbicycles.com/usa/eng/Products/Mountain/Cross-Country/Hard-Tail/#5803) and the Kona Kahua (http://www.konaworld.com/09_kahuna_u.cfm). I liek the Kona because it has the front shocks, but I can get the GT for $800 and then upgrade the fork later. The only problem is a 29 inch fork costs around $700 for a good one but it would be a couple years before I got one. Thanks for any opinions.