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Old 10-05-05, 11:34 PM   #1
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rockhopper vs rockhopper comp

so what's the deal w/ the 05 rockhoppers vs the 05 comps...? i know that the 05 standard has "better" stock components then the 06 model - but if the major difference between the two bikes is the shifting and derailleurs - it doesn't cost too much to buy the rear derailleur - apprx 48-60 usd. -

i mean, is the frame essentially the same...? is it really worth the extra 200-300 that the comp costs...?



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Old 10-06-05, 12:14 AM   #2
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Let me break this down for you.

You won't be able to upgrade all those parts as cheaply as you can buy them on the bike especially at clearance time like it is now
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Old 10-06-05, 12:32 AM   #3
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raiyn: damn. you put some effort into that. i'm impressed.

i've been running around nyc like mad looking for an 05 comp, w/ naught to be found (in my size at least. i think i'm a 19) - i think i got snaked out of one today - but the price sounded too good to be true 425?!? (somehow it was there when i tested it out - but mysteriously not there when i got back? - i'm going to call - i swear the dude was stoned out of his gourd)

what do you think a good price for a closeout rockhopper comp would be...?


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Old 10-06-05, 10:16 AM   #4
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I bought an '05 Rocky Comp in August. I am pretty frendly with my lbs and had the clerk show me their price list. For them to buy and have an '05 shipped (in August), it cost them roughly $370. After assembly + $100 profit, I picked it up for 500 greenbacks.

So yes, $425 is a screamin' price, and I would pick one up if I were you. If they don't have any in, see if they could order you one (if specialized still has any inventory left over). The price will likely be comparable, but you won't be able to back out of the sale if they do order it for you. Good luck.
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Raiyn thanks for the comparison.
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For what its worth, I think the difference between the forks is BIG. Having ridden both bikes, the Axel fork really flexes a LOT, whereas the Splice is reasonably rigid.
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the Axel fork really flexes a LOT,
Part of the reason I frequently refer to it as the Manipoo Flexel
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so i ended up getting an 05 rockhopper on a good closeout deal. going to ride it a bit before thinking of upgrades. so thanks for the help everyone...! (especially raiyn for the breakdown)
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