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    Difference in bikes 2008 Trek 6500 slr or 2009 Rockhopper Comp

    Ok, so I found good deals on both these bikes in my size. I rode the rockkhopper and it's comfortable, but i havent riddenthe 6500.

    which bike is better, has better value, better components, lighter, etc? the rockhopper is $520 and pretty brand new and tuned and the 6500 SLR will most likely be a little cheaper.

    BUT PRICE ASIDE, which bike is better?? please i need opinions I will use this for trails and occasional street use.

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    anyone?

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    For the type of riding you are describing, either bike should be fine. Just pick the one that you feel the most comfortable on. Nothing is worse than paying big money for something that doesn't fit right. From personal experience I own a Rockhopper and I think it is a great XC bike; but when you are pay for the bike you are really getting a good frame with less than spectacular components.

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    does the 6500 have better components? i think the SLR frame is light on the 6500 as well...

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    Trek specs Is this right? I couldn't find a 6500 SLR.

    Rockhopper specs

    I would say everything on the Trek is a little better except the brakes. Avid BB5/BB7 are supposed to be the best mechanical discs, so the Rockhopper is better there. Oh, and the Tora is definitely a step up from the Dart 3, though I recall reading about the 302 leaking fluid.

    If they both fit you well and are in the same condition, I would go for the Trek.

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    i think the Trek is a little better and thats the one i would go with. Make sure you ride both and see which one works for you the best
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    what makes it better? components? which components?

    what about weight? it will probably be about the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimyself
    what makes it better? components? which components?

    what about weight? it will probably be about the same?
    First off, it retailed at $220 more. Generally, it takes about $200 when buying a retail bike to get to the next level of components.

    For instance, at $500 most bikes will have Tektro or Hayes discs, a Dart 1/Suntour/etc. fork, the cheapest name brand derailleurs (Alivio) and levers...and so on.

    Look at the Rockhopper at $700, everything is a little better than the $500 bike.

    Now look at the Trek's equipment at $989- it has a real fork (by real I mean it's not just a spring in a tube- it has more adjustments than just preload, 32mm stanchions, etc), Deore components and hubs, better bottom bracket and crankset, it's a 27spd (vs 24 on the Rockhoppers).

    They will weigh about the same at 29-31 pounds. If you want a sub-25 pound hardtail you have to spend $1500'ish and get a titanium or carbon frame, and of course all the components will be lighter (wheels, fork, etc.).

    I would suggest you study up on components before buying a bike. If they're used test everything and check all the welds on the frame.

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    i'm sorry i'm just a newb with this stuff. so even the 2008 trek 6500 has better stuff than the 09 rh comp?

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    YES, the 08 Trek has better components then the 09 rockhopper does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasperIN
    YES, the 08 Trek has better components then the 09 rockhopper does.

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    alright thanks guys...the 6500 is undoubtedly the winner! we'll see what happens from here

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