I don't know much about bike parts, so I don't really know which make is better, So I hope you can help out here.
As I said I don't really know how they are, but I've always had a thing for how Specialized bikes look.
Now I want to buy something that can be used for both commute and some trail, so I'm looking at CrossTrails and HardRock 29ers... but it turns out I have a 20% discount off cannondale bikes... which is quite appealing. I could probably buy a better bike and pay the same, or just get a comparable bike and save some money. What cannondale bikes compare to those I mention or which should I get so that it would cost me around the same after the 20% discount?
The Cannondale shop is right in my company's campus so that would make it easy when it needs maintenance.
I can also get 10% off specialized in one specific store, but the shop is 25+ miles away from where I live.. so that could make it troublesome when to take it needs its maintenance)
I've dug a bit into the Cannondale bikes.. how would they compare (component/build wise) to say a Trail SL 29er 2?