I was looking for an entry level mountain bike for girlfriend and I and after some advice on this forum have been looking for a Specialized Hardrock Sport disc. Found a place that sells them ($679) but it's a bit of a distance away so haven't had a chance to try it out yet.
I also went to my local shop where they stock Giant and GT bikes.
The choice there came down to a Giant Yukon ($749) and a GT Avalanche 2.0 disc ($759)
We tried them out and they both seemed pretty good (my girlfriend preferred the GT as feeling lighter but I couldn't tell much difference) - the main difference was the lock out fork and adjustable travel on the GT which was great on the road. The Yukon fork seemed smoother jumping off the kerb but didn't have the lock out option.
The guy in the shop said that it wasn't always the case but out of the 2006 models the GT was a much better deal than the Yukon - he reckoned there was $150 difference in the quality of the components and said he'd sold 20 GT's to 1 Yukon. He basically inferred we'd be daft to get the Yukon and was going hard sell on the GT.
When I mentioned that I was also going to try out the Hardrock he explained he used to sell Specialized bikes and that many of the components on the hardrock were lower quality than the GT because Specialized spend their money on ensuring the hardrock can withstand a real off road bashing which is the wrong focus if you are only doing light off road stuff.
I borrowed these specs from a previous poster and added the GT and to be honest can't really see much difference between the 3. Based on the advice of the bike shop guy, the lock out fork and the fact that the shop is local we are leaning towards the GT. Saying that, I'm a bit suspicious of the guy in the bike shop making up stories to try and sell what he has in stock. Am I being paranoid or should we just get the GT?
They also said they would work out a deal for us particularly as we were buying 2 bikes - what sort of discount should we be asking for?
Appreciate your advice! Thanks, Bob
I attach the specs below.
Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc - http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkM...keTab=techspec
GIANT YUKON - http://www.giant-bicycles.com/au/030...sp?model=10003
GT Avalanche 2.0 - http://www.gtbicycles.com/mountain/c...aus&brand=moun
06 Hardrock, A1 Premium Aluminum, tig welded, double butted ORE DT, externally machined head tube, forged disc D/O, disc brake only (no brake bosses), with 06 derailleur hanger
ALUXX FluidFormed™ alloy disc w/integrated gusset
GT Triple Triangle design 6061 butted aluminum with pressure formed downtube, zero stack headtube. Disc compatible with removeable der. Hanger
Truvativ Power Spline, 68x113mm, sealed cartridge bearing with double crank stops
Shimano sealed cartridge
Power Spline Cartridge Sealed
Shimano Acera alloy V-brakes
SRAM PG-830, 8spd, 11/32
SRAM PG-830, 8spd, 11/32
Shimano IG-51 8 speed
Truvativ ISO-Flo, Power Spline, alloy, capless bolts
Shimano MC08 22/32/42T
Truvativ ISO FLO, 42/32/22 with Power Spline interface
RST Gilla Plus-T6, 100mm, preload adjust, 30mm Cr-Mo stanchions, coil/MCU spring
Rockshox Judy J1 100 Travel
RST Omega T6, hydraulic fork, magnesium lowers, preload adjust, 80-120 mm travel with lock out and travel adjust
Shimano M-330 Acera, 31.8mm clamp, bottom pull
Shimano M -330
Shimano M-495 CenterLock Disc, 36H
Formula front 32H disc
Alloy QR for Disc
Alloy, 38mm rise, 6 degree upsweep, 8 degree sweep, 640mm width
Alloy riser, alloy ahead 15 degree
Alum. 20 mm Rise, 6 degree bend, anatomically sized
1-1/8" threadless, sealed ball retainer
1 1/8th Ahead
Shimano BR-M465 Mechanical Disc with 6" CenterLock rotor
Shimano BR-M495 mechanical disc w/6” rotors
Tektro Aquila, forged caliper with dial adjust pad centering
Shimano M-340 Acera, 8spd
Shimano Deore 8/9 speed
Shimano M-495 Cassette CenterLock Disc, 36h
Shimano M475 8sp cassette disc
Alloy 8 speed Cassette with QR for Disc
Alex DP-20 Disc, 26" double wall, 36h
Alloy double wall disc 26” x 32H
Alloy double wall ATB Tioga Factory Extreme Front and Factory XC rear 26 x 1.95
BG Sport ATB
Velo comfort w-cut out
WTB Speed V
Shimano EF-50, 8spd
Shimano EF-35 24 speed EZ FIRE+