I wanna buy a new bike to zoom around on with the kids . I've been riding my old Specialized duel shock I bought back in the mid 00's which was a top of the line back then but it's served it's purpose and it's time to upgrade to something newer . My issue is that now the local shops are click n collect only I can't just pop in amd have a look so a few things have me a bit confused . The bikes have changed that much and now seem to have gone from the old 26 speed , to bugger all gears and about 10 different types of " mountain bike " .
ok , so I only wanna spend about 1k - $1500k . It won't be going to the local downhill tracks and will likley be just a cycleway with the kids and down the road to the shop to grab some milk etc . But I do want something that's kinda capable so I look the part .
Can anyone tell me why as soon as I go to something above 1k with Rock shocks the bikes gears drop to 10 speed and under ? I'm guessing it's something to do with that level of bike being for more downhill than down the road level?
And then anything under 1K then seem to have the suntour shocks however more gears , are the Suntour that much of a drop in quality is notice ? What derailers and type of gear selectors are the best ? Obviously shimano but each bike has different levels of Shimano shit on them .
I'd like to get the dearer bikes to know I'm getting a better gears and forks quality but I'm worried about the 10 speed not being adequate for the road and running out of gears .
lastly , Brands ? I'm looking at a 29 inch large hard tail with me being 6'2 and 110kg . I've been looking at SCOTT , GT , NORCO , GIANT .