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    Have mercy, beginner needs advice on Rockhopper Expert vs GT Peace 9r, other?

    Hi guys and gals,

    I own an old GT Talera which was ok but I regretted buying it after because it didn't shift smoothly and was terrible on any off road terrain. Admittedly I bought it for 90% road use and 10% off road.

    Well, I'm looking for a bike for maybe 70% road and 30% off road (nothing crazy). I can't afford two bikes and I like having a more heads up riding style which a mountain bike affords. Also, speed isn't my biggest concern but longevity, comfort and low maintenance are important to me.

    Ok, I know I need to go to my local bike stores for some ride testing but I would like to gather as much research before I go.

    So far the two bikes that I'm considering are:

    GT Peace 9r
    Specialized Rockhopper Expert Disc 29 Single-Speed

    Oops, forgot to mention I'm looking for:

    Single Speed (of course)
    29" tires
    Disc brakes

    But, on front shocks I'm uncertain how important they will be for me.

    Ok, this is where I need the community's help. I plan to only buy a bike locally in my area of Orange County, CA too. It seems that most local bike stores only carry Giant and Specialized.

    TIA

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    I just ordered a 19" Specialized Rockhopper Expert Disc 29 Single-Speed from my local bike shop. It seemed like it had everything I wanted for $940.

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    i am new 2 the mtb scene, i been riding an outcast 9er, single speed. i am absolutely hooked on the big wheels, and the simplicity of one gear. its a great work out, and very quiet on the trails. anyway, my only beef is i wish i went with a steel frame, such as the peace. the gt was the 1st bike i test road, i knew i loved it, but i was looking 2 get in 2 the mtb scene cheap cheap . the outcast was 399 on bikesdirect, and im happy with it. its funny, the wife dont understand that i call the peace "upgrading" when its the same thing, but she dont know its a gt, steel frame, better parts, etc. anybody out there doing what im thinking of doing?

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    Wives often don't understand the difference between bikes that are 'the same'. Just as you don't know the difference between cheap and expensive eyeliner or foundation. Tell her its a honda accord instead of a hyundai.

    Wait till you get the upgrade bug and want to spend 2-3k on a bike.

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    A front shock is NOT a necessity, just an option. I love my GT SS with the ridged fork. Remember a full rigid bike has suspension - YOU!

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    I love my Peace 9r. Can't beat it for price and build. The fork is very springy especially for the price. Great bike.

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