I'm searching for a bike for my GF. I'm between the Safire and the Nickel (both seems to fit based on the geometry charts).
I don't know what the price for the Safire is in Mexico City, but if they are both similar, here are some differences between both models:
1. Component wise, the Safire has higher components than the kit that i am looking at in the Nickel.
2. Geometry and suspension, I think that the Nickel seems to be better suited for the downs vs the Safire for the ups, but I feel that both are very close in that. Suspension, both have the same Fork (Fox Float Performance), but the rear shock is different (either float RL or RP23 for a little more) vs the Triad II. How does the Triad work? Is it reliable?
My other question in geometry, based on the specialized web, is that it mention in head tube angle in the low setting, does this mean that the Safire has two settings? Personally I think that it's only one but the site is generic, but maybe I don't know much about the Safire.
3. I think that the nickel would be heavier, but burlier. However, my GF is not heavy nor does she huck or jump, so maybe durability won't be an issue regarding which bike she chooses.
Assuming that both bikes would be prices similar, I think that the Safire might be a better option.
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