First, I have been lurking and reading here for a while and that took my knowledge of HD's from zero to "a little bit" in far less time than it would have taken without all of you. So let me begin with a "Thanks to all."
My question is very specific about the 9/8 models (this is a gift and the model has been firmly decided with it understood that a move up to a full-size sometime in the future is a possibility).
The question, for those with some experience either with the 9/8 or the makers, is, all things being equal price-wise, is there a preference among those who know for either the O'Brien or the Flat Creek?
I appreciate any input and comments and also look forward to learning more here and, perhaps adding something useful in the future.