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  1. #1
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    Which is better? two choices A or B?

    Which would you choose if you had to pick one of the below bikes?

    My purpose is for adventure racing, off road bike trails, recreational/adventure riding, small jumps if possible and what ever else gets in my way. I'm currently weighing up between the two. Can anyone help sway my decision? Or should I be looking at something completely different for $1500?

    Choice A : Specialized Rockhopper Pro 29er - ($1,499)

    FRAME Specialized M4SL fully manipulated alloy frame, 29" geometry, fully butted, integrated HT, forged dropouts w/ replaceable derailleur hanger, disc only
    FORK RockShox Recon Silver SL 29, magnesium lower, 1 1/8" alloy steerer, 32mm Cr-Mo stanchions, air spring w/ external LO & rebound adj.
    HEADSET Integrated 1-1/8" threadless, Campy type full cartridge bearings
    STEM 3D forged alloy, 7 degree rise, 31.8mm clamp

    HANDLEBARS Butted alloy riserbar, 25mm rise, 8 degree back sweep, 6 degree up
    GRIPS Specialized Enduro, dual compound Kraton, no flange, 131mm
    FRONT BRAKE Avid Juicy 3 SL hydraulic disc, alloy backed pads, 160mm G2 Clean Sweep Rotor
    REAR BRAKE Avid Juicy 3 SL hydraulic disc, alloy backed pads, 160mm G2 Clean Sweep Rotor
    BRAKE LEVERS Avid Juicy 3 SL hydraulic

    FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Deore, 34.9mm clamp, top swing, dual pull
    REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano SLX 9-speed Shadow Long cage
    SHIFT LEVERS Shimano SL-M590 Deore trigger
    CASSETTE Shimano HG30, 9-speed, 11-34t
    CHAIN KMC X9L w/ reuseable Missing Link
    CRANKSET Shimano FC-M521, Hollowtech, Octalink spline
    CHAINRINGS 44A x 32S x 22S replaceable
    BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano BB-ES25, Octalink spline, cartridge bearing, 68mm x 118mm
    PEDALS Alloy 1pc. body and cage, reflector kit, 9/16"
    RIMS DT-Swiss 485, 29", alloy double wall disc, pinned w/ eyelets
    FRONT HUB Forged alloy, hi/low flange, double sealed, ground race, machined disc mount and flange, QR, 32h
    REAR HUB Forged alloy, mid flange, double sealed, ground race, machined disc mount and flanges, cassette, QR, 36h
    SPOKES 2mm (14g) stainless

    FRONT TIRE Specialized The Captain Control, 29x2.0", 60TPI, tubeless ready aramid bead
    REAR TIRE Specialized The Captain Control, 29x2.0", 60TPI, tubeless ready aramid bead
    INNER TUBES Presta valve
    SADDLE Specialized Rockhopper XC, Body Geometry, 143mm width, front and rear bumpers
    SEATPOST Alloy two bolt, 12.5mm offset, micro adjust, 30.9mm
    SEAT BINDER Forged alloy QR, brass washer

    Compared to : ----------

    Choice B: Merida Matts TFS 500-D (2011)
    Price: $1,499

    Speeds 27
    Frame Matts TFS Pro-D-Single
    Color White/Blue
    Fork Rock Shox Dart 3 100 Poploc
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore low 34.9
    Rear Derailleur Shimano XT-9
    Shifters Shimano Deore Rapidfire
    Brake Levers Shimano M445
    Brakes F/R Shimano M445 180/160 mm
    Crankset Shimano Deore 44-32-22
    BB Set attached
    Chain Shimano CN-HG53
    Hubs F/R Shimano M435 centerlock
    Rims Matts Pro D
    Freewheel Shimano CS-HG50-9 11-34
    Spokes Black stainless
    Tyres Merida Race Lite 2.1
    H-Bar FSA XC 282L OS R18 660
    Stem FSA OS-190 6
    Head set M10 Neck
    Seat Post FSA SL280 SB25 31.6
    Saddle X-Mission Side-3
    Pedal XC Alloy

    What would you go for if you had to choose between one of these bikes?

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    I would go with Choice A but I would also look at the Giant XTC 29er 2. The XTC is listed at $1,350. The drive train might not be spectacular, but the fork is! This is the only bike with a qr 15 under $2000 that I know of.

    The specifications chart below represents the MOST CURRENT information available, superseding any printed or PDF formatted information. Specifications and price are subject to change without notice.

    Sizes S, M, L, XL
    Colors White/Red
    Frame ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum
    Fork Marzocchi 44 TST2 w/15QR Thru Axle and Tapered Steerer, 100mm Travel
    Shock N / A
    Handlebar Giant Contact, Flat 31.8
    Stem Giant Sport
    Seatpost Giant Sport, 30.9
    Saddle Giant Performance MTB
    Pedals Not Included
    Shifters Shimano Alivio, Rapidfire
    Front Derailleur Shimano Alivio
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore, Top Normal
    Brakes Shimano M445, [F] 180mm [R] 160mm
    Brake Levers Shimano M445
    Cassette Shimano HG61 12x36, 9-Speed
    Chain Shimano HG-53
    Crankset Shimano Alivio, 22/32/44
    Bottom Bracket Shimano External
    Rims Giant S-XC2
    Hubs [F] Giant Tracker Sealed w/ 15mm Axle, [R] Formula, 32h
    Spokes Stainless Steel 14g
    Tires Maxxis Aspen, 120 tpi, 29x2.1 Folding

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    Thanks, I had a look and agree it is a good bike and as you said, especially the forks (Fork Marzocchi 44 TST2 Air w/15QR axle & tapered steerer,) according to the Giant website. Cheers for the heads up on that one, although another one I will add to my list.
    Last edited by digi-trekker; 05-02-2011 at 06:48 AM.

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