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    2007 Specialized FSRxC vs. Giant Trance

    New to MTB...

    Looking into getting a bike and I've narrowed my choices down to the FSRxC Comp or the Giant Trance 2. Which is the better bike? Also what are the most important things to look for in a bike?

    Specialized FSRxc Comp specifications:

    FRAME FSR M4 butted frame w/ ORE downtube, sealed cartridge bearing pivots, replaceable derailleur hanger, two sets of water bottle bosses, disc only, 100mm travel
    REAR SHOCK X Fusion 02RC, Specialized tuned, rebound/compression adjust w/ lock out, 7.0x1.6"
    FORK Rock Shox Recon 335, 100mm, fixed coil, lock out, turnkey damper, ext rebound adj, alloy steerer
    HEADSET 1 1/8" threadless, black steel cups, loose ball bearings w/ seals
    STEM Aluminum, 7 degree rise, OS 31.8, 4 bolt, black
    HANDLEBARS Specialized XC low rise, butted alloy, 640mm wide, 6 degree up, 8 degree backsweep
    TAPE / GRIPS Specialized MTB, dual density
    FRONT BRAKE Avid Juicy 3, hydraulic disc, G2 Clean Sweep S/M: 185mm rotor, L/XL 203mm rotor
    REAR BRAKE Avid Juicy 3, hydraulic disc, G2 Clean Sweep S/M: 160mm rotor, L/XL: 185mm rotor
    BRAKE LEVERS Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic
    FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano FD-M530, Deore, top swing, duall pull, 34.9mm clamp,
    REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano M-751 Deore XT, long cage, standard spring
    SHIFT LEVERS Shimano SL-511 Deore, 9-speed
    CASSETTE / FREEWHEEL Shimano HG50, 9-speed, 11/34t
    CHAIN Shimano HG73
    CRANKSET Shimano FCM-442-8, Octalink Spline, 9-speed, replaceable rings w/ alloy outer
    CHAINRINGS 22s/32s/44A 4mm thick outer, 4 bolt 104/64mm
    BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano ES-25 Octalink Spline, 68mm shell, 118mm spindle, 50mm chainline
    PEDALS Shimano 505 SPD
    RIMS Mavic X117 Disc, 26", 32h, black, presta valve
    FRONT HUB Specialized disc, loose ball bearing, high/low flange, 32h
    REAR HUB Shimano M-475L disc, 32h, 8/9-speed, alloy QR
    SPOKES 1.8mm stainless, black, brass nipples
    FRONT TIRE Specialized Resolution 26x2.0", 60TPI, aramid bead, dual compound
    REAR TIRE Specialized Resolution 26x2.0", 60TPI, aramid bead, dual compound
    TUBES Specialized 26x2.0", schraeder
    SADDLE Specialized BG MTB
    SEAT POST 6061 alloy, black, 30.9 x 350/400mm
    SEAT BINDER Alloy collar with QR, 34.9mm clamp ID, black
    NOTES Protective clear coat, derailleur hanger, reflectors, owners manual

    Giant Trance 2
    size 14.5", 16", 18", 20", 22"
    color Gold / Brushed
    frame ALUXX Butted aluminum, 4.2" Travel.
    fork RockShox Recon 327 air, 100mm travel
    shock Fox Float R
    handlebar Easton EA 30 low rise
    stem Easton EA 30
    seatpost Easton EA 30, 350x30.9
    saddle WTB Devo Team
    pedals NA
    shifters Shyimano Deore Rapidfire
    front derailleur Shimano Deore
    rear derailleur Shimano Deore
    brakes Avid Juicy 3
    levers Avid
    cassette SRAM PG950, 11.34
    chain Shimano HG 53
    cranks RaceFace Ride XC
    BB RaceFace SRX ISIS
    rims WTB Dual Duty XC
    hubs Alloy Sealed Bearing
    spokes Stainless Steel
    tires Hutchinson Piranha, / Barracuda folding

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    this may not help much but it's a small review of the 2007 fsr xc comp


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    These two bikes were my top two choices for a trail bike. I went to a bike show, tried both of them and decided that the Trance 2 just felt better than the specialized. If there are any bike shows in the near future where you live, you should definately go. You might find one of your choices for a great deal. I found the Trance 2 for around $290 (cad) less than the listed price. There were only a few FSRxc's at the show as they aren't Specialized's main trail bike.
    If you look at the specs and overall weight the Specialized has the Trance 2 beaten, but you really need to try both bikes before you decide. The Specialized didn't have any bob, and neither did the Trance but, the Trance just felt a little more "chuckable" to me. They are both good bikes, and you will definately enjoy which ever one you decide to purchase.
    2007 Giant Trance 2

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    They are really close in spec. Both good suspension designs. I'd buy whichever one gives you that "feel" like it belongs to you.

    I would prefer the Fox rear shock to an XFusion. My vote goes to the Giant but I haven't rode either one.

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    I just made this exact decision today! I was lucky enough to get back-to-back test rides of them both, though just on tarmac rather than off it.

    I have gone for the Giant because it felt lighter, smoother and the gears on the Spesh were really clunky sounding / feeling by comparison.


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    How much were you able to get the Trance for?

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    Good job!

    They did it for 1215 - 10%ish off. I have seen this price on the net, but I'm happy to go with the local shop and the convenience that gives.

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