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    Rockhopper Expert Disc 29 or Gary Fisher Cobia?

    Hello looking to buy a new bike. Any thoughts on these two? I mostly ride single trails around the VA area.

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    Both of them are fine rides. I think it would come down too whether or not you want Hydro Disc or Mechanical. There is no other significant differences between the bikes.
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    Here's links to the two bikes he's considering

    Rockhopper Expert Disc 29
    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...0&menuItemId=0



    Gary Fisher Cobia
    http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/cobia

    Ride both of the bikes and get the one that fits the best. If they both feel as if they fit fine I would pick the bike with the better fork. I haven't ridden either of these forks RockShox Tora SL 29 on the GF or the RockShox Dart 3 on the Specialized. I'm sure someone could chime in on this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod
    Here's links to the two bikes he's considering

    Rockhopper Expert Disc 29
    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...0&menuItemId=0

    Ride both of the bikes and get the one that fits the best. If they both feel as if they fit fine I would pick the bike with the better fork. I haven't ridden either of these forks RockShox Tora SL 29 on the GF or the RockShox Dart 3 on the Specialized. I'm sure someone could chime in on this.
    hmm when I searched the 2009 came up for me not the 2010. The 2009 comes with a RS Tora Race 29er, much more comparable to the GF. After you have ridden them if you havent, if they feel the same I would pick the GF, it has the better fork.
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    If you choose the Rockhopper, go one step up to the SL (super light)...it's one level above the Expert and has a lighter frame. My local LBS was willing to knock off $100 on the 2010 model so it was $1k even
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    anyone have weight specs on the old M4 frame (2009) vs the SL version for 2010?

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    Actually it is the SL that I am looking at, though the bike shop that I was at was charging 1,300.

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    I'm not finding the actual weight just yet alkemyst...the MTB guru at my LBS said it was noticeable, but maybe he's a super weight weenie.

    mwade, on the specialized site the SL starts at $1100, so you were looking at the SL Expert? That's a nice bike bro...I'm jealous. Retail on that is $1350 so they are cutting you a small break.
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    Also, the SL Expert has a RS Recon fork...that's considerably nicer than the Dart 3 that comes on the regular Rockhopper Expert
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    Here's the Rockhopper I'm looking at...is this the one you're looking at?

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...enuItemId=9253
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    Quote Originally Posted by mizm05
    I'm not finding the actual weight just yet alkemyst...the MTB guru at my LBS said it was noticeable, but maybe he's a super weight weenie.

    mwade, on the specialized site the SL starts at $1100, so you were looking at the SL Expert? That's a nice bike bro...I'm jealous. Retail on that is $1350 so they are cutting you a small break.
    I heard the frame is about 300grams lighter. a little over 1/2 a pound. Pretty substantial. I don't know why manufacturers stopped posting weight specs.

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