then go to a few different shops. That is how I gleaned the information I have, spending time talking to shop mechanics and employees. There are a lot of bikes out there.Thanks for your suggestion. But I'd like see more inputs.
There are also a lot of different factors that go into buying a bike. Your skill level, your budget, the type of riding you want to do, where you live. All of these thing matter in the decision.
I could sit here and tell you you need a Niner Air Nine Carbon or a Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper 29er, and I can tell you that unless you drop tons of money on a bike, you will not have a good bike. And for all you know I am right. You know what you want to get out of a bike. Research is your friend. You are already on one forum, why not join up a cycling specific forum? There is tons of information on the net about bikes with reviews and opinions.