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    Choosing a MTB... Giant

    Looking into getting my first quality MTB and have settled on Giant! I haven't quite decided what to get though. I'm thinking of either a 2010 Rincon W - $460 or a 2009 XTC 2 -
    $650..and I know there is quite a difference in the components, but I'm not sure what's
    right for me - if a Rincon will be fine or if I should pay the extra for the XTC 2 .. Any thoughts, opinions or other suggestions are welcome!!

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    I'm looking for something that I can ride on the streets when needed but also for some trail riding - nothing too extreme though. I want a bike that can take a beating if necessary and won't break if I get daring or stupid (which I tend to do).
    I was settled on the Rincon and have a somewhat tight budget, so the price was right - but if the XTC 2 is worth the extra $200 I might have to save for it.

    Thanks in advance!!

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    The XTC 2 for $650 looks like an awesome deal! You wouldn't have to upgrade anything for a long time.

    Are you sure you're going to love mountain biking though?

    Rincon W looks like a fine entry level bike. I'd just be apprehensive about the Tektro IO brakes.

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    That is one thing that I am slightly worried about - I don't want to spend money on a bike then never use it. I do know that I love riding bikes though and want something to last me a long time. I'm getting it to 1) get back in shape, and 2) I currently don't have a car and need it for commuting about 8-10 miles round trip when I do need to ride in to work.

    I wasn't sure about Rincon's brakes too, or forks for that matter. I know it is more expensive to replace parts if they stink or brake then it is to buy them stock.

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    I have an 09 XTC 1 - it's a great bike, and 650 for an 09 sounds like a good deal (both the Rincon and the XTC are new, right?). The XTC line has much higher quality components, which makes the riding experience better and increases the resale value, if you decide you don't like mtbing (but you will ).

    Like tsmosher said, though, the Rincon will be a fine entry level bike if your on a budget. And especially if you plan on doing mostly street riding, as you said.

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    Another one that might be worth getting is a 2010 Yukon but I might only be able to get the price down to $635 or so, and if that's the case I think the 2009 XTC 2 would be more worth the extra $15.

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    Well, I don't necessarily plan on mainly street riding - I'd rather use it for off-road and trails - or at least be able to have that as an option without worrying if I'm gonna wreck something.

    And yes, they are both new from the LBS.

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    Go with the XTC for sure. The Rincon is an OK bike, but a friend of mine bought one last year and regrets it. Low end deraillers, base model fork, Tektro IO discs. You're much better off with the XTC which has Deore deraillers, Dart 3, and Hayes mech discs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing
    Go with the XTC for sure. The Rincon is an OK bike, but a friend of mine bought one last year and regrets it. Low end deraillers, base model fork, Tektro IO discs. You're much better off with the XTC which has Deore deraillers, Dart 3, and Hayes mech discs.
    +1 If you can swing the extra cash for the XTC, it'll be well worth the dough.

    The XTC is a snappy frame too - it really picks up when you step on the gas. I think you'll be pleased with it.

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    i ride an 09 XTC 2 and its a sweet ride. definitely fork out the extra dough for it. you won't regret it. i stepped up from a boulder se at the beginning of this year and the weight difference is unbelievable. i think the rincon and boulder se have a similar frame, so it would make sense that the weight difference would be about the same also.

    1st upgrade: switch out those damn smallblock 8's.

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    Dang!! The LBS that has the XTC 2 doesn't have my size.. Shoot.. Well, what do you guys think would be my next best option??

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    Im sure they can order your size for you. That's what i went through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biohazard74
    Im sure they can order your size for you. That's what i went through.
    It's last year's model so what they have is what they have, unfortunately.

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    The Rincon should do fine for you.

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    What about Specialized Hardrock? Any thoughts?
    I've read some on both and most discussions about these two say the Hardrock is better, but never really say why.
    And when I went to the LBS and asked a worker there, his opinion was that the Rincon is better.
    I know they are very similar and certain pros and cons to each, and at this price range I can't expect the best of everything, but what would be the best all around buy and have the most potential for upgrading in the future?

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