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    Two bikes: Which one would you buy?

    Trying to decide between these two. Looking for a bike to ride mainly 80% smooth roads and 20% smooth trails. No extreme trail riding. I have narrowed it down between these


    2020 Trek Dual Sport 3 $859.99

    https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/b...ort-3/p/28839/

    2019 Specialized Rockhopper Sport $599.99

    https://www.eriksbikeshop.com/specia...ke-pr3e12671/p


    I like them both, but the Trek is $250.00 more and am just wondering if I am getting a better bike for the extra money. Thanks for any help!

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    The Trek is worth every bit of $250 more for the 2x9 acera drivetrain over the 3x8 on the specialized.

    I feel like there should be better equipped bikes for $860 though. The Specialized is a hard tail mountain bike but I would think you can find something with a Shimano Deore group set for that price. I haven't been in the new bike market for a while so don't really know what things are selling for.

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    Thanks for the reply. I forgot to mention that I can purchase the Trek locally while the Specialized I have to have shipped in. It would be nice to be able to support my local bike shop.

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    Iíve got an older Dual Sport 8.4, probably 2014 (?), and LOVE the bike for road, gravel and light trails. I thought Iíd hate the Acera shifters on it, I normally run SLX or XT on my mountain bikes, but itís a solid choice and theyíve yet to fail me.

    The only real thing I did to mine was take advantage of the Suntour trade up program after the first year of riding and upgrade the coil fork to an air NRX (or similar) unit with the remote lockout and itís still a solid do-it-all bike.

    Support your local shop, youíll need them, they need you. What you are describing is exactly what that bike is designed for.

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    I appreciate the feedback. I figured this would be best for my needs and I figured the Trek would be worth the extra money now. My local bike shop have been great to deal with so supporting them would benefit me as much as them.

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    Check out the Checkpoint for that kind of riding. You might be able to find an entry level Checkpoint for the price of the dual sport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregzoe View Post
    It would be nice to be able to support my local bike shop.
    Do it!

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    I hadn't looked at those, I will check them out now. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregzoe View Post
    I hadn't looked at those, I will check them out now. Thanks!
    The Checkpoint may be way better choice for what you want to do. The bike is lighter than the Dual Sport meaning it's a bit easier to push on the road, street, gravel, dirt, etc. You will get tired of slogging a 30 pound bike up and down the streets and roads!
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