@All: Thanks for your suggestions
. Also, appreciate your concern
Plan to do some serious practice for the next couple of months before the Ladakh trip.
The prices of the cycles are ridiculously expensive and will have to do some compromise somewhere on what I want to buy/ pay for!
So, here is the update I have on the above:
1) Trek 4300 Disc: Did not have a great feeling test riding it. May be the sizing or the fitting was wrong. Will give it another shot.
2) KHS Alite 1000: everybody seems to be out of stock and looks like the prices would be well in the range of 42K+ thanks to the budget hike
3) Mongoose Tyax Comp: Will sure check it out
4) Cannondale Trail 4 and 3: Price is the issue again!
Also, I have tried Giant Revel 0 Disc and found it to be very good. Any reviews on it? And I am getting the cycle at the price before the budget hike.