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    GF HiFiPlus vs Trance X3

    Hi everyone,

    Looking to get my first FS bike, and debating between a 2009 GF HiFi Plus and a 2009 Giant Trance X3...can get either at around the same price (1500), so am wondering which one is the best value for the money (assuming both are a good "fit").

    Giant Trance X3
    Spec Name Giant Trance X3
    Frame Giant ALUXX SL aluminum w/Maestro suspension linkage
    Fork Fox 32 F120R, 120mm-travel w/15QR through-axle
    Rear Shock Fox Float R, 125mm-travel
    Rims/Wheels WTB LaserDisc Trail
    Hubs Front: Giant Tracker sealed; Rear: Formula sealed
    Spokes 14/15g stainless-steel
    Tires Kenda Nevegal, 26 x 2.1 folding
    Crankset Race Face Ride XC
    Chainwheel 44/32/22
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX
    Rear Cogs Shimano, 9-speed: 11-34
    Shifters Shimano Deore
    Handlebars Race Face Ride XC
    Stem Race Face Ride XC
    Brake Levers Hayes
    Brakes Hayes Stroker Ryde, Front: 180mm; Rear: 165mm rotor
    Pedals Crank Brothers Smarty
    Saddle WTB Devo Team
    Seat Post Race Face Ride XC

    GF HiFi Plus
    Frame Fisher 6011 aluminum w/carbon seatstays, G2 Geometry
    Fork RockShox Recon 351 Solo Air w/G2 offset, 120mm-travel
    Rear Shock Fox RP2, 120mm-travel
    Rims/Wheels Bontrager Duster tubeless ready
    Hubs Front: Bontrager sealed; Rear: Shimano M525
    Tires Bontrager XDX, 26 x 2.2
    Crankset Shimano
    Chainwheel 44/32/22
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT Shadow
    Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 9-speed: 11-32
    Shifters Shimano Deore
    Handlebars Bontrager Race
    Stem Bontrager SSR
    Brake Levers Avid Juicy
    Brakes Avid Juicy 3 disc, 6-inch rotors
    Pedals Shimano M505 clipless
    Saddle Bontrager Race
    Seat Post Bontrager SSR

    Any insights are appreciated.


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    pretty even spec, I would ride them both. I have an 08 hifi which I like but am familuar with the older x2 (like the new x3) and find it to be a great bike also.

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    Main things I see- Trance has the better fork, HiFi better brakes and wheels. Tough choice. I have owned a Hi Fi and it was a rocket. Ride them both. If you still can't choose, I reckon the Hi Fi is a better long term prospect- as an ex-employee of a Trek dealer, I know that bearings and bushings are very easy to come by. Trek/GF will stand by Hi Fi riders for years to come, even though the bike has been discontinued (shame).

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    and crank bros pedals will die rapidly.

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