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    Noob; (09)Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29er or (07)Raleigh Mojave 8.0

    Hello all,

    First post here on this great site, and I would like user opinions. I am looking for a bike, which will be used 50/50 dirt/paved. I am a clyde, and will be pumping some power through the drivetrain.

    LBC has a 21" 09 Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29er all stock for $500. I have read that the wheels are junk, pedals are plastic, as well as a pretty lousy front shock. The bike is in great shape, but I think it is a little over priced.

    I found a 2007 (one of the best years?) Raleigh Mojave 8.0 on the local CL. Mike is in very good condition with the following options:

    size is L 20.
    Fork: Rock Shox Tora 318, Air spring, motion control damper with compression and rebound adjustment
    Brakes: Shimano BR-M486 disc brakes w/160mm rotors (only 10 miles on brakes)
    Crank: Truvativ Blaze 44-32-22
    Shifters: SRAM X-7
    Cassette: SRAM PG-950 11-32
    Wheels: stock
    Tires: Bontrager Jones XR
    Handlebar: Easton EA30
    Grips: Bontrager lock-on
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM x-5
    Front Derailleur: SRAM x-7
    Cables and housing : Alligator
    Oddessey Metal Pedals.

    He wants $375 for the setup.

    I am liking the fact the Specialized is a 29er, but I really just want a nice reliable rig. From the reviews I have read here, the Raleigh seems like a well rouned package, as well as the Specialized. But I know with the specialized I will prob need to replace wheels/pedals/front shock after not too many miles?

    Your thoughts please?

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    Sounds like he upgraded the fork on that Raleigh. I wonder if he confused the derailleurs, because the RD on the 2007 Mojave 8.0 was an X.7 and I think the front was an X.5. Also, the stock shifters were X.5.

    Good luck with your choice and happy trails!

    HP

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    The bike has had some different configs, and this is what he is offering!! Any reason I should ask or look for something different?

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    Something to help you mellow out maybe, I dunno.

    Otherwise, I'm sure it's an excellent ride. My bike started life as an '08 Mojave 8.0. Very solid. Raleigh is an underrated brand, imo, for the entry- to mid-level stuff.

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