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
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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