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    Trek Stache 8 or Marin Rocky Ridge

    Tough time deciding between the two.

    2013 Stache 8 - Bike Archive - Trek Bicycle#

    Rocky Ridge 7.6 | Marin Bikes

    29 vs 27.5. Trek vs Marin. Will be used for trail riding, mostly flat.

    Thanks!

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    They're both going to have really high front ends. They strike me as bikes with a more AM attitude.

    Really, it's try both (or as many as you can) and buy your favorite. I'd suggest trying some hardtails with 100 mm of travel while you're at it. Make sure you really want long travel and a slack head angle.

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    The Rocky Ridge has always been designed to be at the more hardcore end of the XC/trail spectrum, so it is looking to be be a little bit overkill for the style of riding that you say you are doing.

    I'd also recommend going with a 100mm fork based hardtail (either 26 or 29er), you will find it more suited to you I think.

    Also, slightly off topic, but noticed bit of a typo in the specs for the Rocky -

    Brakes Front: Avid Elixir 7 Trail Hydraulic Disc, 7 Rotor
    Brakes Rear: Avid Elixir 7 Trail Hydraulic Disc, 6 Rotor
    Brake Levers: Shimano Hydraulic

    Not too sure shimano mineral oil levers are going to work terribly well with Elixir DOT based brakes!
    I don't crash, I just have slightly uncontrolled dismounts!

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    If you are going to be riding trails, mostly flat then neither of those would be the perfect bike for that situation.

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