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  1. #1
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    New question here. 29r, Trek Marlin or Specialised Hardrock Sport Disc?

    Hi, haven't rode in 20 years. I'm 47, 6'6" 240lbs with a 38" inseam. I will be riding trails, hills, and roads. Been doing a lot of reading and talking to LBS's. I want a 29r hardtail 23" frame with shock lock out, and have narrowed it down to the afforementioned bikes. I also looked at Harro and Giant but no stock availability.
    Price difference between the two is $10 at $650 for the Hardrock and $660 for the Trek (CDN). The specs appear to be pretty much the same between the 2. So how do I know which bike will be better now and in the long run? Is there anything else I should be thinking about? Havn't rode either bike, won't let you take them outside when it rains, which it does alot in Vancouver.


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    I test rode both when I was bike shopping. They handle differently, you're going to want to ride them both before deciding.
    I'm enjoying my childhood way too much to ever give it up.

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    I had a 2010 Hardrock Sport Disc 29er. I am 5'11", 209 with a 32" inseam. I was on a 19", and it was a bit too big for me, so definitely check the different sizes. You may only need a 21"

    I was not that happy with the 29er to be honest. On the flats, it was all out haulin butt. On the tight stuff, it felt like I was driving a bus through there. I also was not happy with some of the components on the Specialized, like the SRAM X4 shifters, and the garbage brakes. I upgraded mine to Avid Elixir Juicy 3's and it was a huge improvement.

    I ended up selling it and went back to a 26, and FS. I never looked back.

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