Last summer (after piles and piles of miles) my wife retired my beloved, worn out, 10yr old Novara and sold it in a yard sale... Intending on buying me a new one for Father's Day. Long story short- lots of crap happened and I went bikeless last year.
Finally corrected that yesterday- got a Specialized Rockhopper 29er. I can't believe this thing. It climbs like a tractor... what a difference! Hydraulic disc brakes, mega low gearing, huge wheels rolling over the rough stuff. Just wow. I can't believe how much better this bike is than my old one- for about the same money!
Anything in particular to watch for with all this new fangled technology?