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    '11 Jamis Dragon Sport vs. '09 Giant XTC Alliance

    I'm definitely going to ride both of these before I make a decision, but I have to wait a few days for the shop to get the Jamis in stock so I felt like asking which of these you would choose given you like the way they both ride.

    2011 Jamis Dragon Sport 29'r Specs:

    Price- $1100
    Frame- Reynolds 520 chromoly main tubes and stays, reinforced head tube collars, gusseted down tube, forged dropouts
    Fork- Rock Shox Tora TK 29, coil spring with external preload & rebound, TurnKey lockout with PopLock remote , 32mm stanchions, aluminum steerer, 100mm travel
    Headset- Aheadset, external cups, with 20mm shim stack, 1 1/8
    Wheels- WTB Speed Disc All Mountain eyeletted rims, 32H, Shimano M475 6-bolt disc hubs, WTB 14g stainless steel spokes
    Tires- Geax AKA 29 x 2.2
    Derailleurs- SRAM X7 medium cage rear and X7 28.6mm dual pull front
    Shiftlevers- SRAM X7 trigger, 9-speed
    Chain- KMC Z99
    Cassette- SRAM PG-950, 9-speed, 11-34
    Crankset- SRAM S800, 44/32/22, 170mm (15), 175mm (17-21)
    BB Set- SRAM GXP integrated
    Pedals- Flats, alloy body/steel cage
    Brakeset- Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic disc brakes with 185mm front & 160mm rear rotors
    Handlebar- Ritchey Comp flat bar, 31.8 x 10 x 660mm
    Stem- Ritchey OS, 6 rise x 90mm (15), 100mm (17), 110mm (19), 120mm (21)
    Grips- Jamis Lock-On, dual density
    Seat Post- Ritchey 2-bolt, 27.2 x 350mm, with alloy QR clamp
    Saddle- Jamis XC with pressure relief channel, scuff-resistant corners, cromo rails

    2009 Giant XTC Alliance Specs:

    Price- $1200
    frame- Alliance Composite/Aluminum Technology
    fork- Rock Shox Recon SL Air, 100mm w/ lockout
    shifters- Shimano SLX, Rapidfire
    front derailleur- Shimano Deore
    rear derailleur- Shimano XT Shadow, top normal
    brakes- Avid Juicy 3, 160F/160R
    cassette- Shimano HG50 11/34, 9-speed
    chain- Shimano HG-73
    cranks- Race Face Ride XC, 22/32/44
    BB- Race Face X-Type, external
    rims- Mavic XM 117 Disc
    hubs- Shimano Deore 32H Disc
    spokes- Stainless Steel
    tires- Kenda Small Block Eight, 26x2.1/1.95
    handlebar- Alloy low rise
    stem- Alloy, 10 Degree rise
    seatpost- Alloy 350x30.9mm
    saddle- WTB Silverado Race
    pedals- Crank Brothers Smarty

    I have a feeling this will come down more to which frame material/geometry I prefer than components, but if I like them just about the same, do you think the improved components on the XTC are worth the $100 price increase?

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    The XTC Alliance is an 09 bike,so you should be able to negotiate a much better deal on it. If the bike truly is an XTC Alliance then it's probably been in the store for at least a year, I'm sure they're probably willing to cut you a significant break. I would suggest 20% at a minimum 30% isn't unreasonable.

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