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    Rockhopper vs Marlin

    I'm an entry level rider and am looking to get a new bike that I'll be riding in light trails and around the neighborhood. I don't want to spend more than $700 ish. A lot of the models seem to be sold out in southern CA. I narrowed my search down the the following. Which one do you guys think would be the best? I am leaning towards the Rockhopper, but not sure about the microshift advent drivetrain. Anybody have any experience with it? Another option would be getting a lower model Marlin or Rockhopper for around $550 and upgrading the groupset to deore m6000, which would end up being a $650-$700 bike in the end.

    Trek Marlin 6
    https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/b...lin-6/p/28787/

    Specialized Rockhopper Comp 1x
    https://www.specialized.com/us/en/ro...RoC7ggQAvD_BwE

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    I would worry much more about the fork. The Microshift will work great.

    I'd head over to your local forum, and find out what the best local shops are, and then go put your trust in the local shop. They know your local terrain and if they are a good shop (vetted by local MTBR members), they will hook you up right, and provide the service you need.

    Both of these bikes are old tech, and not really worth upgrading, with poor resale. You might also consider getting a used bike (preferably from a shop), which could be upgraded or traded in if you end up riding a lot.

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