Originally Posted by Hyena
I don't "just buy" things. That's how people get in the shitter
I completly understand. but you aren't just buying something. You already have a fairly good idea of what all the bikes are and what they put to the table. Agonizing over which is perfect is a little silly IMO for your first bike. Any of the common starter bikes 250/500/650 would make a fine choice. obviously, with the 250 being the most conservative option and the 650 the least.
It's not gonna rip the arms out of your socket when you gas it, but it is much faster then a 250. They all have budget suspension and brakes. How many different ways do you want to hear that?