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    '08 Rockhopper Comp Disc vs '08/'09 Piranha

    I have been debating between the 2008 Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc and either the 2008 or 2009 Gary Fisher Piranha. From what I can tell the components and fork are almost identical on both bikes (with the exception that the Piranha has hydraulic disc brakes as apposed to mechanical disc brakes). I did find that the Rockhopper weighs about 25 lbs. but could not find any weight for the Piranha. I think I would go with the Piranha if I knew the weight difference was negligible but I would probably go with the Rockhopper if the weight difference is significant. Can anyone offer any information that would help me make the best decision?

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    I believe the rockhopper is closer to 30lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scralatchtica824
    I believe the rockhopper is closer to 30lbs.
    That sounds right to me. I don't believe there is any bike in that price range that is less than 28 lbs.

    Double Helix, who told you the Rockhopper weighs 25 lbs?

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    I'm pretty confident that I read it somewhere on the web. Apparently that source wasn't too reliable though.

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    My stock 2008 piranha weighs in at 28.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Helix
    I'm pretty confident that I read it somewhere on the web. Apparently that source wasn't too reliable though.
    Ask your lbs to weight the bike for you if they have it in stock.

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    My 19" Piranha tipped the scales at 31.0 lbs. But thats with the boat anchor shimano
    M647 pedals, bar ends, and cycling computer.

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    If you can still find an 08 Piranha, I would buy that. The hydro brakes are a nice touch and, all other things being equal, the piranha is a pretty fun ride. You will want to replace the bar grips pretty quick though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scralatchtica824
    I believe the rockhopper is closer to 30lbs.
    I'll 3rd that. Mine is 29.5 lbs.

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    I ended up getting the '09 Piranha. Thanks for all the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Helix
    I ended up getting the '09 Piranha. Thanks for all the input.
    Good choice! Which color did you get?


    Oh yeah, don't forget the pictures

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    Let's see it! I've been leaning toward the Piranha myself. Really wanted to ride some 29ers first (mainly a GF Cobia), but only one LBS in town has a 29er in stock in my size (SE Racing Stout - not a good fit for me).

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    I got the Chi Red, I really like the look of the bike a lot. I'll try to throw some pictures up here later.

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