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    The Battle between Good and Evil....

    Hello friends.

    Im in a dillema right now.
    Im about to pull the trigger on my first ever full-susser.
    Did all the necessary research and test drives and I have come to
    the final 2 choices.

    In my opinion, these 2 are almost equally the same.

    Now I need your help on deciding if I should go Black or White.

    Appreciate all the help I can get from you guys...




    (PS: The force of the "Dark" side is strong! )




    The "GOOD"

    Specialized Stumpjumper Comp 2010








    OR






    The "EVIL"

    Giant Reign 2 2010 (corrected, thanks to NORDSTERN1 )






    thanks!
    Last edited by tma; 04-16-2010 at 02:32 AM.

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    Evil......
    The most important thing is what God thinks about it. He will have the final say. Joshua Stinebrink

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    Quote Originally Posted by ae111black
    Evil......

    Thanks bro.

    That's now

    Evil = 1
    Good = 0

    Also, just to let you know, I've had an AE101 before with 4age Blacktop

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    Quote Originally Posted by tma
    Thanks bro.

    That's now

    Evil = 1
    Good = 0

    Also, just to let you know, I've had an AE101 before with 4age Blacktop
    Sweet I had an ae92 with a blacktop in it..... Now that confused people!
    The most important thing is what God thinks about it. He will have the final say. Joshua Stinebrink

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    Quote Originally Posted by ae111black
    Sweet I had an ae92 with a blacktop in it..... Now that confused people!

    Hahaha, that is sweet! One of my buddy in Japan was able to get an ECU tuned by Takeda for the 4AGE BT and sent that to me. Together with some forged pistons and
    tuned camshafts. Oh well, I've done my time in motorsports and now Im into pedalling hahaha!



    Peeps, pardon us about the talk, that's actually a Toyota Corolla we are talking about.
    The AExxx is the body code and the 4AGE blacktop is the engine type.



    Now peeps, please chip in your 0.02 cents on this.
    Im about to pull the trigger on this one, as in within 48 Hours time.


    Thanks.

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    Evil + 1
    Nobody cares...........

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    White looks so clean and would look even better dirty.

    White!

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    So now that's

    Evil = 2
    Good = 1



    C'mon peeps, keep it coming!

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    Dude, you're choosing between a Stumpjumper & a Trance right? Just wanna clear things out because you posted a pic of a Reign 2...

    By the way, if it was between the Stumpy & the Trance, i'd go with the Trance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nordstern1
    Dude, you're choosing between a Stumpjumper & a Trance right? Just wanna clear things out because you posted a pic of a Reign 2...

    By the way, if it was between the Stumpy & the Trance, i'd go with the Trance.



    Fwak!!!

    Dude, you d man!
    Thanks for pointing that out.
    I've corrected it.

    Its the Stumpy vs the Reign

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    Good = 3
    Evil = 3 (considering nordstern1 is going with the Reign)

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    No problem bud!

    Since that is the case, i'd still go for the Giant. Nothing against the Stumpy...i like it, looks sick but i'm a fan of Giant's Maestro suspension & i find their kits give you great value for your money.

    I also like black...

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    There you go.

    Its now official



    Evil = 3
    Good = 3


    Which leaves me on the same spot, its both tied up!

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    Feels like choosing between






    And








    Aint it???





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    Wow, so messed up... when I saw the spec, I thought THAT was the evil!

    Seriously - I'd pick the Giant. Its a marginally better bike (though you'd be happy with either) and giant aren't as nasty a company as specialized.
    There's something about spec and its business practices (and the recent epic designs thing is a prime example of this) that just makes me want to go out of my way to avoid giving them my money (basically researching to find equally good or better products just so I can justify not buying spec) - they do make good bikes though.

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    Thanks EnglishT



    Good = 3
    Evil = 4

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    Just because I own one

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    Giant.
    Originally Posted by Vtolds/Dremer03---- "assume any bikes left unlocked and unattended are free to take"

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    Even though I have a Specialized, I say EVIL because the hardest thing to get past while buying that bike was that it didn't come in black.
    I like turtles

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    Evil all the way
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