I am a vintage rider just getting back on the bike after a 7 year hiatus. My budget is between $800-900. My main ride is a commute too and from work (90% trails) about 15 miles each way. For this use, my road racer heritage, and my limited budget, I am looking at hardtails. I had focused my search on a used Stumpjumper HT from Ebay or the classifieds here. However, I recently saw these two bikes:
1. 2005 Kinley RX Comp, $899 (Sorry, I tried like heck to paste the text here)
2. Ibex Trophy Comp $799
Frame: Double-Butted 6061 Aluminum
Fork: Manitou Sliver Super Lockout
w/ New Air* - 80mm
Shifters: Shimano LX Rapidfire-Plus
Front Derailleur: Shimano LX
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT
Crankset: TruVativ Firex 3.1
Cassette: Shimano HG-50 9-spd (11-32T)
Chain: KMC Z9200
Brakes: Avid Juicy-3 Hydraulic Discs
Levers: Avid Juicy-3
Rims: Sun DS2-XC Double-Wall Alloy
Hubs: Shimano M525
Tires: Maxxis Ignitor - 26" x 2.10
Headset: Cane Creek S-3
Cockpit Set: Ritchey Alloy
Saddle: WTB Laser V Comp
Pedals: Shimano M520 Clipless
3. Used Stumpjumper HT from Ebay (these tend to run between $600-$750), they have Fox Float shocks, XT/LX drivetrains and Avid V brakes. The frames are hydroformed which looks pretty cool but does it really matter that much?
What do you guys think? The frames seem comparable but am I missing something? I am particularly interested in opinions on the forks (Manitou Sliver vs. Manitou Axel comp vs. Fox Float) and wheelsets. The Kinley seems to have a better drivetrain but the Ibex has Juicy 3s (I'm still a little sceptical about discs at all).
So..... Fire away with some opinions. I hadn't even given online bikes a second thought until I saw how nicely spec'd these bikes looked........
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