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    2018 Norco Charger 2 $949 vs 2019 Trek X-Caliber 8 $1149

    For a starter hardtail is it worth the extra $200 + tax for the Trek? In my opinion the Trek looks better but the Norco is less expensive and has a better mounted feel and ride.

    I dont know $h!t so please help me out?



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    Go test ride each one. Pick the one that makes you smile the most! As far as components you may not even notice a difference in a blind fold test. They both have the same fork on them.
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    So similar. Realistically, probably won't be able to tell the difference for components, just which one feels better to you. They have almost identical specs, so whichever one has a good feel to you. I know it's not much help, but they really are that close. The only difference I can readily see is the trek uses a better bottom bracket design and the alluminum frame is a little bit better. It's like comparing an apple to a slightly different apple. both are good, one might be better for making pies.
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