Mountain Bike Recommendation
Against my better judgement, I am once again thinking about riding. I have been off the bike since April 28, 2001.
I need a recommendation for a mountain bike and why you like it. I am an avid Trek fan and I'm looking at the Fuel line.
My biggest issue is hardtail vs. dual suspension. These concepts were barely around when I left the sport and I am leaning towards the dual suspension.
Quick info: 3 knee surgeries on L knee makes pedaling a challenge and strength balance an issue. Short torso, so stem changes are a must, but need a gentler ride for lower back (and kidneys!) Have long history of Ultracycling and Mtn bike racing (single track) but have been off the bike for almost a decade until last week.
Although money isn't that big of an issue, plopping down $7,000-$8,000 on a bike may land me in divorce court. The Fuel 8 series comes in around $4,700 and that would be in my comfort zone. Any bike recommendation needs to be under $5,000.
In advance, thank you for those who assist.