I am new to the forum and to mountain biking. I have friends that ride almost every day on not too difficult trails and I've finally decided to join in the fun.
I have learned a lot so far from what I've read from you guys and pretty much now know exactly what I'm looking for in my 1st bike. I do not want to do upgrades any time soon so I intend to go for an intermediate mountain bike from a reputable manufacturer with good forks and I have narrowed it down to these two and I need your help making the final decision.
Each bike is at a different LBS and I'm been offered the same price: $1430. The Trek guy claims that even if both bikes have the same components, the trek is better because of Gary Fisher's G2 Geometry design which supposedly makes it easy to maneuver unlike other 29ers. Is that really true?
Both bikes felt the same to me but I'm wondering if any one has had any hands on experience with either bike. Your input will be greatly appreciated. Otherwise, given the specs below, which would you choose. Thank you all so much!
2013 Cannondale Trail SL 29er 1
Frame - Trail SL 29'er, Optimized 6061 alloy, SAVE, 1.5" headtube
Fork - RockShox Recon Gold TK 29, 80mm, Solo Air, lockout, rebound, 1.5"
Crank - FSA Comet, 42/32/24
Bottom Bracket - Included
Shifters - Shimano Deore
Cog Set - Shimano HG62-10, 11-36, 10-speed
Chain - FSA CN910
Front Derailleur - Shimano Deore, 31.8 clamp
Rear Derailleur - Shimano XT, Shadow design, 10-speed
Rims - Maddux DC3.0 29'er, Double Wall w/eyelet, 32 hole
Hubs - Shimano HB-RM66 front, FH-RM66 rear, center lock
Tires - WTB NINELINE, 29X2.0"
Pedals - FPD Platform
Brake - Shimano BR-M505, 180/160mm
Handlebar - Cannondale C3, 680x20, 6061 double-butted alloy
Stem - Cannondale C4, 1.5", 31.8, 7 degree
Headset - Tange Custom 1.5"
Spokes - Stainless Steel, 15g Black
Grips - CANNONDALE LOCKING GRIPS
Saddle - Cannondale Stage 3
Seat Post - Cannondale C3, 27.2x350MM (S,M) 400mm (L,X)
2013 Trek X-Caliber
Colors Trek Black/Viper Red
Frame Alpha Gold Aluminum, butted & hydroformed tubing,
Front suspension RockShox Reba RL 29 w/Solo Air,
Motion Control remote lockout, rebound, custom G2 Geometry w/51mm offset, 100mm travel
Sizes 15.5, 17.5, 19, 21, 23"
Wheels Bontrager sealed cartridge bearing, alloy axle
front hub; Bontrager sealed cartridge bearing, alloy axle
rear hub w/Bontrager Mustang 32-hole Tubeless Ready disc
Tires Bontrager 29-1 Expert, 29x2.2"
Shifters SRAM X7, 10 speed
Front derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear derailleur SRAM X7
Crank SRAM S1000, 44/33/22
Cassette Shimano HG62 11-36, 10 speed
Saddle Bontrager Evoke 2, chromoly rails
Seatpost Bontrager SSR, 27.2mm, 12mm offset
Handlebar Bontrager Low Riser, 31.8mm, 5mm rise, 9 degree sweep
Stem Bontrager Race Lite, 31.8mm, 7 degree
Headset 1-1/8" threadless, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings
Brakeset Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic disc brakes
Grips Bontrager Race
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