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    Fantom 29 Expert vs Fantom 29 TRAIL

    Looking for an entry level mountain bike for trails and was just wondering if the Fantom 29 TRAIL ($599.95) is worth the additional $100 compared to the Fantom 29 Expert ($499.95)?

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    Of the two you listed, I'd go with the fantom trail. It has a better wheel rim, wider is better, and better tires to go with it. It also has a slightly better fork. Nothing great, but better.

    As an alternative, I'd look at the gravity 29.1. It is $150 less, but still has a hydraulically dampened fork. It also comes with the better wheels and tires that the fantom trail has, and with the cost difference, as parts wear out, you can justify getting the good parts to replace them. 8-speed stuff is just as strong or stronger than 9-speed and easier to setup. Only downside is the maximum gears range, but since both bikes have gears up front, it doesn't really matter. The tektro mechanical brakes aren't as good, but cheap hydro brakes aren't that good either. In time, if you think they need to be replaced, buy some new schimano hydraulics for $80 or to keep things simple and mechanical, some avid BB7 mechanical brake calipers for $70.
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    So then I have to ask: In your opinion is the Gravity 29.2 ($549.95) worth the extra $100 more compared to the Gravity 29.1 ($449.95)?

    (My budget is around $500 but I might be able to stretch to $600 or below)

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    Other bikes to throw in the mix:
    Last edited by GibsonM111; 10-22-2015 at 06:42 AM.

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