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    29" hardtail advice

    Dear all,
    Iím searching the market for my first 29Ē. Itís going to be a hardtail, but in the price range Iíve established there are some different options:
    ∑******** KTM AERA 29 Comp, with a carbon frame KTM BIKE - AERA 29 Comp
    ∑******** GIANT XTC Advance 29 2 LTD, also with a carbon frame XTC Advanced 29er 2 LTD (2015) | Giant Bicycles / Giant Bikes | Portugal
    ∑******** SPECIALIZED Stumpjumper Comp, with an aluminium frame Specialized Bicycle Components
    ∑******** FOCUS Raven 29R 7.0, with a carbon frame Tecnocycle - Bicicletas Focus
    ∑******** SPECIALIZED Crave Expert, with an aluminium frame Specialized Bicycle Components
    I have some doubts about frame material differences, or the eternal question of carbon vs aluminium. Will I notice differences? Iíve rode Mountain bikes with both materials, and I didnít notice much differences (on smooth surfaces only). Iíve got a carbon road bike, but with skinner tires itís a different issue.
    I want to do marathons, and leisure rides only (no XC competition), and I want a comfy ride (+4 hours).
    Witch should I pick? Any other options?
    Thanks in advance,

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    I *do* think you will notice the difference in carbon vs AL. My personal bias would cause me to point you to the Giant, then the KTM. In as much as it's possible, you should actually try to ride these bikes before you buy them.

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