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    Haro Flightline Sport, Giant Talon 2, or Specialized?

    Im trying to decide on which 29er to get.
    I went to my LBS to test ride the Talon 2 (2012), but the guy suggested the Haro. Im just getting back into riding, but Haro didnt even make a mtb back when I was riding.
    The Haro had lock out front suspension, and hydro disc brakes over the Talon, which too me seemed like a big plus.

    I rode both around a bit and they both felt good. The Haro felt probably a little better because of the hydro brakes, but the front chain felt a bit cheapy for some reason.

    I wasnt really a fan of the SRAM shifting on the Talon.

    How is Giant's build quality these days? I used to ride a Giant ATX 970 (lol 1997)

    Does Haro build quality stuff? Is it going to last or are they known for falling apart? I searched and didnt find many reviews for them fortunately.

    Im going to go look at the Specialized Hardrock(I think that was the name) right now. Im open to other suggestions too.
    Last edited by ankyle62; 09-03-2011 at 02:48 PM.

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