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    New question here. First real mountainbike: Focus vs Specialized

    Hi, I am a beginner at mountain biking, I am a med school student so I only have time to hit my local trails on weekends... I have searched my local stores to buy my first real mountain bike,

    I found these may be my best options,

    as I am not from the US the prices are higher as you can see,

    Im not sure if I will find a real difference between the two considering Im a beginner and this is important for me because there is a 200 dll gap


    Focus Highland Peak I get it at 700dlls (2011 model)


    • Frame Focus MTB Sport Alloy
    • Fork Suntour XCT V3 80 mm
    • Tires Bohle Trail Trax, 57-559
    • Drivetrain Shimano Deore
    • Gear ratio front: 48/38/28, rear: 11-30
    • Number of Gears 27
    • Brake lever/Shifters Shimano shift / brake lever
    • Crankset Suntour XCC-208, with chain protection
    • Brakes Tektro, V-Brake, Alloy
    • Handlebar Black Comp Flatbar
    • Stem Black Comp, Alloy, A-Head
    • Seatpost Black Comp, Patent, Alloy
    • Saddle Black Comp MTB
    • Hubs Alloy, sealed
    • Rims YAK, hollow rim


    Specialized Hardrock I get it at 520 dlls (2011 model)

    • FRAME Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum, fully butted, w/ canti bosses, 6061 alloy, double ORE down tube, externally relieved head tube, forged dropouts and reinforced disc mount, alloy replaceable derailleur hanger
    • FORK SR Suntour XCT (SF12-XCT-V4-P), 1pc. alloy lower, 28mm Hi-Ten stanchions, 1-1/8" alloy steerer, coil/mcu spring w/ preload adj., 80mm travel
    • HEADSET 1-1/8" threadless, loose ball w/ seals
    • STEM Ahead, 4 bolt clamp, 20 rise, 25.4mm
    • HANDLEBARS Hi-Ten riserbar, 35mm rise, 8 backsweep, 4 upsweep, 25.4mm
    • GRIPS Specialized Enduro, dual compound
    • FRONT BRAKE Die cast, alloy "V" brake, 1pc. pad
    • REAR BRAKE Die cast, alloy "V" brake, 1pc. pad
    • BRAKE LEVERS Alloy "V"-brake, two-finger, linear pull
    • FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Altus, 8-speed, 34.9mm clamp, top-swing, dual-pull
    • REAR DERAILLEUR SRAM X3, 7-speed, long cage
    • SHIFT LEVERS SRAM X3, 7-speed, trigger
    • CASSETTE Shimano 7-speed, 12-32t
    • CHAIN KMC X-8, 8-speed, reusable Missing Link
    • CRANKSET SR Suntour XCT, 8-speed, square taper spindle
    • CHAINRINGS 42/32/22, replaceable outer
    • BOTTOM BRACKET Square taper, cartridge bearing, double crank stop
    • PEDALS Composite platform w/ molded pins, toe clip compatible, 9/16" w/ reflectors
    • RIMS Alex HR 26", alloy double-wall, 24mm, pin joint, 32h
    • FRONT HUB QR axle, sealed loose ball, 17mm contact, 32h
    • REAR HUB Double-sealed loose ball, 19mm contact, QR, 32h
    • SPOKES Stainless silver, 2.0mm (14g)
    • FRONT TIRE Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, 26x2.0"
    • REAR TIRE Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport, 60 TPI, wire bead, 26x2.0"
    • INNER TUBES Schrader valve
    • SADDLE Specialized Body Geometry Hardrock, steel rails, front and rear bumpers, 143mm width
    • SEATPOST Alloy, 2 bolt head, 30.9mm, 12.5mm offset, micro adjust
    • SEAT BINDER 34.9mm, alloy, extruded QR lever/collar
    • NOTES Chainstay protector, reflectors, clear coat, owner's manual

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    I don't know much about Focus, but I a fan of Specialized. I have owned, and traded up several of them over the last 4 years; I currently own two of them. The products are top notch and it has been my experience that Specialized, as a company, is great to deal with on warranty issues (bit of an oxymoronic statement here but so be it, i clock alot of miles/kms on my bikes).

    I also notice that the Focus has some huge gear ratios (particularly on the chainrings), that could make climbing a struggle.

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    The Speshy gets my vote. Use the money save down the line when you are ready to upgrade worn components.

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    Especially with the price difference my vote would be go with the Specialized.

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    Unless you drive in flats or don't have large climbs, I would go with the specialized. The focus set of front gears (48/38/28) and rear cassette size (11-30) means that you won't have a good gear for long climbs and will be harder. Even though the Focus has a better groupset (Deore vs X.3), the gears are not the best ones, I really don't know why Focus choose that configuration for that bike.

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    You can never go wrong with Specialized!

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