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    2008 Raleigh XXIX+G or 2009 GF Mamba

    I can pick up a "new" 2008 XXIX+G at LBS for $740 or get a used 2009 Mamba for $675 (I think this is too high) I probably will switch the drivetrain components on either bike over to a old bike for my wife as money for upgrades becomes available. I don't necessarily plan to upgrade the wheels or forks anytime soon. I haven't had a chance to ride either yet as both are a located a few hours away. I'm leaning towards the Raleigh.

    Thanks for any advice as I'm new to the forum.

    Here are the specs for the Raleigh
    Frame 4130 Butted CROMO w/CNC Dropouts, Replaceable Insert
    Fork REBA Rock Shox SL 80mm Dual Air
    Shifters SRAM X5 9spd
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X-7
    Brakes Avid BB5 mechanical disc 6
    Brake Levers Avid FR-5
    Cranks Truvativ Fire X 22/32/44t
    Cassette SRAM PG950 9spd (11-34t)
    Bottom Bracket Truvativ GXP External Bearing
    Chain SRAM PC950
    Hubs (F) Alloy Disc QR 32h (R) Alloy Disc Cassette QR 32h
    Spokes 14g DT Swiss Champion Black
    Rims WTB Speed Disc All Mtn
    Tires WTB Stout 29x2.3
    Pedals Resin Platform
    Headset Ahead 1-1/8
    Stem Easton EA30 31.8
    Handlebars Easton EA50 31.8
    Grips Raleigh Dual Density
    Saddle WTB Laser V Comp
    Seat Post Easton EA30 27.2x400mm

    and the specs for the Mamba
    Frame Platinum Series 6066 butted & hydroformed aluminum, cold-forged dropouts, G2 29" Geometry
    Fork RockShox Dart 3 29", 80mm travel, 46mm offset crown, coil spring, turnkey lockout w/external rebound adjustment
    Shifters SRAM SX 4, trigger
    Front Derailleur Shimano M412
    Rear Derailleur SRAM SX 4
    Cassette SRAM PG830 11-32T, 8spd
    Wheels Shimano M65 hubs, Bontrager Ranger disc 29" rims, 32h
    Tires Bontrager XDX, 29x2.1 (53/51), tubeless ready, abrasion resistant,120 TPI aramid folding bead
    Crank Set Shimano FC-M341-S, 42/32/22
    Saddle Bontrager Race
    Seatpost Bontrager SSR, micro adjust, 27.2
    Handlebar Bontrager Big Sweep, 600mm width, 15d backsweep
    Stem Bontrager SSR, 10d rise
    Headset 1-1/8" threadless, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings
    Brakeset Shimano M415, mechanical disc, 160mm 6-bolt rotors

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    Based on the components the Raleigh sounds allot better but I know nothing about the Raleigh line.
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    2014 Giant Anthem 27.5 here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madsedan
    Based on the components the Raleigh sounds allot better but I know nothing about the Raleigh line.
    I have a 2007 XXIX that I also bought NOS for a steal and I couldn't be happier, I love it. And the it's a steel frame, a little heavy, but rides real nice and has a lifetime warranty on the frame. A used Fisher probably won't have that warranty, if any. I vote Raleigh.

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    have yo ridden g2?

    I ride a fisher x-cal and now that I ride the g2 geometry I do like it. It is different and you ought to go sit on it to realize the difference. From a value perspective I would go with the new bike with the reba shock and what appears to be a better set of components.

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    I would also go with the Raleigh...good looking bike, read some good reviews in a couple different place, and the parts spec is quite a bit nicer than the GF. Even though it'll be a little heavier, the chromoly frame will feel nice, lively, and a bit forgiving.
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    I cant speak for the XXIX+G, but I can speak for the Talus line. I have a Talus 4.0. I absolutely love the ride of the bike. Great frame! I have upgraded some components, but it was an entry level ride to start with... Overall, I've been real happy with Raleigh!

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