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    I apologize in advance for asking the usual newbie question. I've searched and read about beginner bikes and I'm really convinced that the Rockhopper and Hardrock are two top choices but I haven't seen much discussion about the Novara Aspen that is available at REI. At $429, this looks like a lot of bike for the money. I rode one at the REI shop here and it seemed to fit me well. Here are the specs....any opinions....doesn't this look equal to or better than the Rockhopper? Thanks in advance. Matt

    NOVARA ASPEN
    Frame - 6061 aluminum
    Fork - RST Gila T6
    Crankset - Shimano Alivio 42/32/22
    Shifters - Shimano Alivio 3.0 - 8-speed
    Brakes - Tektro IO Disc
    Brake levers - Tektro
    Front derailleur - Shimano Alivio
    Rear derailleur - Shimano Alivio
    Head set - WTB Race
    Bottom bracket - TruVativ
    Rear cog - Shimano Alivio 11/30 - 8-speed
    Front hub - Formula Disc Alloy
    Rear hub - Formula Disc Alloy
    Rims - WTB SX24
    Tires - WTB MutanoRaptor 2.24
    Spokes - Stainless steel
    Stem - Ritchey OE 2-bolt
    Handlebar - Ritchey Rizer
    Seat post - Alloy
    Saddle - WTB Speed V Comp
    Pedals - Platform
    Chain - Shimano IG

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    Anybody got an opinion?

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