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    2011 Giant Revel 2 vs 2005 Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc

    Hi all,

    In a bit of a dilemma here. I just got into mountain biking at the beginning of this summer and found a used 2011 Mint Condition Giant Revel 2 for stupid cheap and have been riding that around to figure out if I like the sport. I probably get out 2-3 times a week on the local trails and I'm enjoying myself so far.

    However, a new option recently came up on Craigslist. It's a 2005 Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc with upgrades. The fork is a year old RockShox Tora and brakes are upgraded to BB7 and he says the shifters are SRAM x7s. I think I could grab it for $250.

    The only thing holding me back is the fact that the frame and cassette and crank are almost 10 years old. Is this an issue?


    Should I snatch this up and try to sell of my Giant Revel?

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    Nah keep what you have.

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    Can you explain a little bit?

    To me it seems like the big advantage to the other bike would be the fork upgrade, from SR XCM to RockShox Tora. Also the brakes upgrade from v-brakes to BB7 Discs.

    But like I mentioned, I'm worried about the age on some other components.

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    Well for one, you already have the giant. No point in having 2 entry level bikes in the stable. Your riding skills will eventually outgrow both bikes, save your money for upgrading (to a new bike) then.

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    Can you get some ride time on the Hardrock? Having a better fork is really nice, and disc brakes are much more tolerant of riding in the wet.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Sounds like a good opportunity to pick a frame, swap parts and offload whatever remains on Craigslist. With a little resellers patience, you'll probably end up with a better set up without being out much money ... assuming it's worth your time.

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    Is one a 26er and the other a 29er? That would be a nice combo to have too....

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    If you can afford it then buy it as a loaner. I've gotten many a friend into biking by having a decent ride for them to try out. If you wanted to, you could swap out the parts you want and keep the lower grade stuff on the loaner. $250 is pretty cheap.
    Let's make like a Bike and get the Huck outta here...

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