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    Marin,specialized hardrock pro or kona caldera

    HI! Time has come for my girlfriend to hit the trails, so i need to hook her up with some wallet-friendly yet durable mtb. we're looking at these 3 first and foremost. which one would ya'll say is more bang for the buck?

    marin palisades 2007
    fork: Marzocchi MZ Race, 100mm with Preload Adjustment and Lockout
    headset: TH-888, 1 1/8, Threadless
    shifters: Shimano LX, with 2 Way Release, 9 Speed
    fr derailleur: Shimano Deore
    r der: Shimano LX
    crankset: TruVativ Five D 3.1, 44/32/22 with Alloy Outer Chainring and Power Spline
    bottom bracket: TruVativ with Sealed Cartridge and Power Spline
    casette: Shimano, 11-32, 9 Speed
    chain: Shimano HG53
    brakes: Hayes Sole Hydraulic Disc with V6 Rotors
    brake handles: Hayes Hydraulic Disc
    r hub: Shimano, 32 Hole Disc
    F hub: Shimano, 32 Hole Disc
    rims: WTB SX24, Double Wall, 32 Hole Disc
    spokes: 15 Gauge Stainless
    tyres: WTB MotoRaptor Comp, 26 x 2.1 (49/52)
    Seat: WTB Speed V ATB with Love Channel and Comfort Zone
    seatpost: FSA SL-280, 6061, 30.9mm x 350mm
    handlebar: Double Butted 6061 Alloy, OS-31.8mm, 25.4mm Rise
    stem: FSA OS170 Threadless with Alloy Face Plate and 31.8mm Bar Clamp
    grips:Marin Dual Density

    Kona caldera 2006(most expensive)

    and specialized hardrock pro disc

    FRAME A1 Premium Aluminum, disc only, double butted TT, ORE DT, externally relieved head tube, reinforced disc mount, forged dropouts w/ replaceable 98954020 hanger


    FORK Marzocchi MZ Race LO, 100mm, coil/MCU without boots, 30mm Cro-Mo stanchions, damped w/ lockout & preload adjust

    HEADSET 1 1/8" threadless

    STEM Specialized 3D forged alloy, four bolt, 31.8mm, 7 degree rise

    HANDLEBARS Alloy 31.8mm, 38mm rise, 640mm wide, 8 degree back, 6 degree up sweep, 3.2mm thick

    TAPE / GRIPS Specialized Enduro, dual density Kraton

    FRONT BRAKE Hayes Sole, hydraulic disc, 6" v-cut rotors

    REAR BRAKE Hayes Sole, hydraulic disc, 6" v-cut rotors

    BRAKE LEVERS Hayes Sole w/ BFL lever

    FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Deore M-530


    SHIFT LEVERS SRAM SX-5 9-speed triggers

    CASSETTE / FREEWHEEL Shimano MFHG-50, 9-speed, 11-34t

    CHAIN Shimano HG-73, 1/2" x 3/32" w/ missing link

    CRANKSET Shimano FCM-442-8, Octalink Spline, 9-speed, replaceable rings w/ alloy outer

    CHAINRINGS 44A/32S/22S

    BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano ES-25, Octalink Spline, cartridge bearing, 68 x 118mm for 50mm chainline

    PEDALS Specialized alloy platform, 9/16"

    RIMS Specialized/Alex HRD 26, double wall disc w/ eyelets

    FRONT HUB Specialized Hi Lo disc, 36h, CNC flange and disc mount, QR

    REAR HUB Shimano M-475 Disc, cassette, 36h

    SPOKES 2.0mm (14g) stainless

    FRONT TIRE Specialized Resolution, 26x2.1", 60TPI, wire bead

    REAR TIRE Specialized Resolution, 26x2.1", 60TPI, wire bead

    TUBES Specialized schraeder valve

    SADDLE Specialized Body Geometry, ATB

    SEAT POST Alloy micro adjust, 30.9mm

    SEAT BINDER Alloy collar w/ QR

    NOTES Chain stay protector, reflectors, clear coat, owners manual

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    i would go for the kona,or specialised.

    1,marin build quality is the worst i have ever seen,i had a 05 rocky ridge with edge tubing,and it showed just how drunk the welder was,or how much he gets paid an hour.

    2,i have a kona and have been happy ever since i bought it very nice ride,feel like old friends,and i have only had it a year.

    3,specialised are ok but not cool.

    4,should this not be your wifes,girlfriends decision.

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