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    Buying a new bike

    Hello pedal friend, Im would like to buy a new bike, I would like to replace my old 26 hard tail mountain bike for a 29 hard tail mountain bike, I will be using the bike for 70% communing (work, rides with kids, etc) and the remaining to do some trails nothing fancy as I em not a pro. So I have narrowed down to 3 bikes, I have riding all 3 and love them but the difference between the three is components, see bellow
    1. is a 2015 rocky mountain fusion 29 price is $799 and its a 9x3 speed spec are Rocky Mountain Fusion 29 Bike 2015
    2. is a 2015 opus avro 2.0 price is $950 and its a 10x2 speed spec are
    Opus Avro 2.0 29er - Bikeland Barrie's Bicycle Specialists
    3. is a 2015 opus avro 1.0 price is $1150 and its a 10x2 speed specs are
    Opus Avro 1.0 29er - Cyclelife Pickering, Ontario Canada 905-837-2906

    I like all three (no I cant buy all 3) and I don't want a hybrid because then I can never go off road. But I seriously need some unbiased advised not some sales person telling me to buy something high, I can afford either of the 3 but I don't want to purpose something just because I can afford it, I want to purchase what is right for me an average joe that needs to loose the turkey belly, I do like riding and would love to ride to work that another reason I want a 29 a not a 27.5. So what do you guys say do I need the bells and whistles? Also will I notice the difference between the double or triple cranks for communing?

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    The main difference is the parts spec, so it's a matter of whether you're inclined to do upgrades. If you buy the best quality components you can afford on the initial purchase, those components will cost you something like 30% less than upgrades of components later. There's real differences in the quality of the fork, drivetrain and cockpit components on all those bikes in terms of performance and reliability. The SLX component set on the Avro 1.0 is definitely the best quality/price combo for a build kit. The Deore and non-group Shimano components on the other bikes are OK, but definitely not as nice as the SLX. The XC32 fork is definitely better than the XC30 as it has 32mm stanchions instead of 30mm diameter stanchions, so the fork will be stiffer. 30mm stanchions on a 29" fork will be a bit wiggly.
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    I'd go with the rocky mountain. I couldn't justify the cost difference for the slight fork upgrade and drivetrain upgrade. Once you ride it more and decide what you do and don't like, you can use the money saved to focus on the parts you want to replace. Basically, all the forks were beginner level and you'd probably want to replace them in a couple years if you were seriously hitting trails. And since a majority of the time it will be used for commuting, the 3x9 drivetrain actually makes a bit more sense for the higher speeds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by watts888 View Post
    I'd go with the rocky mountain. I couldn't justify the cost difference for the slight fork upgrade and drivetrain upgrade. Once you ride it more and decide what you do and don't like, you can use the money saved to focus on the parts you want to replace. Basically, all the forks were beginner level and you'd probably want to replace them in a couple years if you were seriously hitting trails. And since a majority of the time it will be used for commuting, the 3x9 drivetrain actually makes a bit more sense for the higher speeds.
    I made a mistake on the rocky link, the correct link is
    Trailhead · Fusion · Soul · Flare 29 | Rocky Mountain Bicycles
    the correct info is Cranks & Chainrings Shimano Alivio 170-175mm 44/32/22T 9spd, Bottom Bracket Shimano ES25 Octalink, Cassette Shimano HG200 11-34T 9spd. The other link showed I was getting the deore crank and chainring which is not true. I was thinking the same get the rocky and when I need to replace parts but now that the crank and chaining are lower which one is better?

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    cranks are similar quality. They work.
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    I think you are right in buying a 29er especially in a hard tail. If you live in Canada I would always lean towards a Rocky because you will have a better resale value down the road. We turn into bike snobs first with 2x10 then 1x drivetrains, but a 3x9 like we all used to ride is probably better for all around riding and commuting.

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