I am thinking about getting an entry-level mountain bike. I'm interested in 2 bikes - a brand new 2011 Specialized Hardrock and a used 2004 Specialized Hardrock Sport with the following upgrades:
Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes
Sram Rocket shifter (9-speed rear, 3-speed front)
XT 11-32 rear cassette
Shimano Deore rear derailleur
Manitou Axel front shock
Welgo DH pedals (platform or clips)
Alex TD 17 Disc anti-snakebite rims
Shimano Deore disc hubs
I am not sure if any of the upgrades is any good but a new Hardrock Sport costs $600, which one would be a better choice? Both of the cost about the same - the new bike is $400 + tax (around $440) and the used bike is $420.
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