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    Comparing a Rincon and Hardrock

    Hi, new guy here. I've narrowed my choice down to two bikes. Just wanted some input from people who know what they're talking about. Here's the bikes:

    '10 Giant Rincon - $450 on closeout

    '11 Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc - $600

    Maybe it's because I'm new, but the main difference I see here is the brakes and fork. The Rincon comes with Tektro IO vs the Hardorck's BB5s, and the Hardrock has an 80mm fork with lockout while the Rincon has a 100mm fork, no lockout. Also, I like the Rincon color better (vs the Hardrock's black and white color, not pictured on the website)

    I was already planning on upgrading the brakes, drivetrain, and fork on the Hardrock down the road, so I'm wondering if the Rincon would be a better choice for the $150 in savings?

    Also, does anyone have any experience with the Rincon? I notice there's a lot of love for the Hardrock but not so much info on the Rincon. I'm a bit apprehensive about buying something that doesn't have as many "OMG I BOUGHT THIS BIKE IT'S AMAZING FOR THE PRICE" threads, but it's probably fine.


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    both of those bikes are pretty much meant to compete with eachother. Get the one that fits the best/feels best.

    Also, look around a bit more, I've seen several shops with leftover 2009 Giant XTC hardtails. in that price range. That's a nicer frame and would be a better platform to upgrade. Likewise, see if you can also squeeze a leftover rockhopper. They have frames made from Specialized's M4 alloy. Again, its a nicer class of frame.

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