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  1. #1
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    Hardrock sport or trail 5??

    Hey guys! sorry i know that there are probably dozens of threads like these, but im looking at mountain bikes at the moment. Right now i am a avid road cyclist and am looking for a hardtail just for fun, change of atmosphere. I am hoping to get out on more than fire roads, but nothing to technical. maybe single track at the worst. My budget is about 700, and my local bike shop carries both cannondale and specialized. I like the looks of the cannondale but i am not going to base my first mountain bike purchase just on looks. I have narrowed it down to two of them, the 2013 cannondale trail 5 and the 2013 specialized hardrock sport disk. Both 29ers. Thanks!

    Here are the links btw:

    Specialized Bicycle Components

    TRAIL 29ER 5 - Trail 29er - Hardtail 29er - Mountain - Bikes - 2013

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    Components are virtually the same though the Suntour XCM on the Cannondale is better than the XCT on the Specialized but not by much. I'd go with whichever feels the best to you.

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    The Suntour forks on those are good for bike paths, but not trails with any rocks, roots or faster downhills. There is an upgrade option offered by Nick at Suntour.
    If you want to upgrade your Suntour fork

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    As "bad" as the Suntour fork is mine worked well enough on my Hardrock Disc that I didn't feel like it was the limiting factor on the bike. It certainly wasn't the first candidate for upgrade.

    I ride SF Bay area single track and fire roads without too much nervousness.

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