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    Which bike has better components? Specialized Hard Rock or Marin Bolinas Ridge.

    I am looking for a entry level 29er. I have it narrowed between these 2 because the bike shops in my area carry these brands. The Marin is about $130 higher but seems to have some better stuff but then again I not that knowledgeable about this stuff. They both seem to fit me pretty good. I am 6 ft 187 lbs looking at 19 inch bike, have longer legs. Thanks for your help. Here are the specs. If am right the Marin has better shifters and front forks? Not for the pros and cons. I have listed the specs.

    Model Name Bolinas Ridge 29er
    Model Category Mountain HT
    Model Series 29er
    Model Number A13-262-1J
    Sizes USA 15 17 19 20.5 22
    Frame 6061 Double Butted Aluminum 29er with Edge 3 OS Top and Down Tubes
    Front Suspension Suntour XCM-HLO 29-Inch, 100mm with Hydraulic Lockout
    Rear Suspension 0
    Shift Lever Shimano Acera Rapid Fire Plus, 9 Speed
    Derailleur Front Shimano Acera 9-Speed
    Derailleur Rear Shimano Alivio
    Brakes Front Tektro Novela Mechanical Disc, 7 Rotor
    Brakes Rear Tektro Novela Mechanical Disc, 6 Rotor
    Brake Levers Shimano with Integrated Shifters
    Pedals Alloy Mountain
    Crankset Suntour XCR T414, 44/32/22T
    Chain Cover #N/A
    Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
    Chain SRAM PC951
    Cassette SRAM PG-950, Power Glide II, 11-34, 9 Speed
    Hub Rear Formula, 32 Hole
    Hub Front Formula, 32 Hole
    Rim Alex TD25 29-Inch, Double Wall
    Spokes Nipples 14 Gauge Black Stainless
    Tires Geax Saguaro, 29 x 2.2
    Saddle Marin Comp Mountain
    Seatpost Alloy Micro Adjust, 350mm
    Stem Marin OS Alloy Threadless, 31.8mm Bar Clamp
    Handlebar Double Butted 6061 Alloy, OS-31.8mm, 15mm Rise, 710mm wide (680mm for Size 15)
    Grips Marin Extra Dual Density

    SPECIALIZED

    FRAMESpecialized A1 Premium Aluminum 29", 6061 alloy, ORE downtube, externally relieved headtube, forged dropouts and reinforced disc mount, alloy replaceable der. Hanger
    REAR SHOCK
    FORKSR Suntour SF13-XCT 29", coil/MCU spring, 1-1/8" steel steerer, preload adj., 28mm steel stanchions, disc only lowers, 80mm travel
    HEADSET1-1/8" threadless, loose ball
    STEMAlloy, 4 bolt clamp, 10 rise, 25.4mm
    HANDLEBARSHi-Ten riser bar, 620mm & 640mm wide, 35mm rise, 8 backsweep, 4 upsweep, 25.4mm
    GRIPSSpecialized Body Geometry XCT, Kraton w/ gel, 132mm
    FRONT BRAKETektro NOVELA, mechanical disc, dual pad angle adjustment, 160mm rotor
    REAR BRAKETektro NOVELA, mechanical disc, dual pad angle adjustment, 160mm rotor
    BRAKE LEVERSIncluded w/shifter
    FRONT DERAILLEURShimano Tourney, 7/8-speed, 34.9mm clamp, top-swing, dual-pull
    REAR DERAILLEURShimano Altus, 8-speed, SGS Cage
    SHIFT LEVERSShimano ST-EF51, 8-speed, trigger and integrated brake lever
    CASSETTE Sunrace, 8-speed cassette, 11-34
    CHAINKMC X-8, 8-speed w/ reusable Missing Link
    CRANKSETAlloy, 7/8-speed, square taper spindle
    CHAINRINGS42/34/24, steel
    BOTTOM BRACKET Square taper, cartridge bearing, 68mm shell
    PEDALSComposite platform, w/ reflectors, 9/16"
    RIMSHR Disc, 29", alloy double-wall, disc, pin joint, 25mm, 32h
    FRONT HUBAlloy disc hub, double sealed loose bearing, steel axle, QR, 32h
    REAR HUBAlloy disc hub, double sealed loose bearing, steel axle, steel cassette body, QR, 32h
    SPOKESStainless, 2.0mm (14g)
    FRONT TIRESpecialized Fast Trak Sport, 29"x2.0", wire bead, 40TPI
    REAR TIRESpecialized Fast Trak Sport, 29"x2.0", wire bead, 40TPI
    INNER TUBESSchrader valve
    SADDLESpecialized Body Geometry Hardrock, steel rails, 143mm width
    SEATPOSTAlloy two bolt, 12.5mm offset, micro adjust, 30.9mm, 350mm or 400mm
    SEAT BINDER34.9mm, alloy QR, nylon washer
    NOTESchainstay protector, reflectors, clear coat, owners manual

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    I'm suggesting the Marin, based on the newer 9 speed rear cassette and the fork.

    Both forks are entry level, but the 100mm travel model will likely also have higher ground clearance on the frame.

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    For trail riding the fork is the most important component. For bike paths and forest roads it's not.
    When you look on the Suntour website these are RTR- recreational.
    "Work out with your buddies: No rough terrain, no steep climbs or downhills! Just floating along the city river or through the forest behind your house."
    There is an fork upgrade path offered by Nick at Suntour for riders who bought these and want to ride trails. It's in the Beginners section.

    For $450 the Bike Direct Gravity Point 1 has better Drivetrain and rims.
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    Get the Marin and the Suntour Fork upgrade for $175.
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    Marin has better components it seems. Also will be nice to ride a bike you don't see everyday. Specialized are all over the place.

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    Thanks for all your help. I will keep and these comments in mind and decide what to do later this week. This forum is very helpful and I appreciate all the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainsarenice View Post
    Thanks for all your help. I will keep and these comments in mind and decide what to do later this week. This forum is very helpful and I appreciate all the help.
    Update this thread when you buy or have other questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by roobydoo View Post
    I'm suggesting the Marin, based on the newer 9 speed rear cassette and the fork.

    Both forks are entry level, but the 100mm travel model will likely also have higher ground clearance on the frame.
    Me too...looks little better components overall. The way the bike feels is important too though, parking lot ride helps, but not same as trail. Good luck.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    Get the Marin and the Suntour Fork upgrade for $175.

    Yes.
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    Well Speaking from some who owns the Marin, I would definitely recommend it to you it is a great bike I can go pretty much anywhere my buddy with a full suspension 26 can go plus I am one of the only Marin on trail which adds to the individuality factor.

    The front fork upgrade that is something I am going to definitely look into.

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    I rode a 29er Specialized HardRock and the a 26 Marin Bolinas. I liked the Marin better for shifting and overall riding. The Specialized seem to have better brakes but the rental might have had newer or better pads. I ended up buying a Marin 26er that was 2 years old for a lot less money. I would bet the new marin would stop better with the bigger disks. Overall I have extremely happy with the Marin and the 26 inch wheel.

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