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Old 07-21-06, 06:35 AM   #1
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Down to 5 bikes. Input appreciated

I decided to go with a new bike and I found a LBS that has some good scales on these bikes..


$950
Scott Scale 60
Spec Name Scott Scale 60
Frame Hydroformed double-butted 7005 aluminum
Fork RockShox Tora 318, 80mm-travel w/Motion Control
Rims/Wheels Alex DM-18
Hubs Front: Scott Disc Comp; Rear: Shimano 475 disc
Spokes DT Swiss Champion
Tires Scott OXYD 26 x 2.0
Crankset Shimano M460
Chainwheel 44/32/22
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Rear Cogs Shimano Deore, 9-speed: 11-32
Shifters Shimano Deore Dual Control
Handlebars Scott X-Rod
Stem Scott Comp
Brake Levers Shimano Deore
Brakes Avid Single Digit 3
Pedals Shimano M505 clipless
Saddle Scott Racing
Seat Post Scott Team

$830
Trek 6500
Frame Alpha SLR aluminum
Fork Manitou Axel Elite w/TPC lockout, 80mm-travel
Rims/Wheels Bontrager Ranger aluminum
Hubs Shimano M535 Disc
Tires Bontrager Jones ACX, 26 x 2.2
Crankset Shimano M440
Chainwheel 42/32/22
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Rear Cogs SRAM PG950, 9-speed: 11-34
Shifters Shimano Deore
Handlebars Bontrager Select, 25mm-rise, 31.8mm
Stem Bontrager Select, 7-degree
Brakes Shimano Deore, hydraulic disc, 6-inch rotors
Pedals Aluminum platform
Saddle Bontrager Select
Seat Post Bontrager Select

$840
Gary Fisher GED
Frame Bigg'ns 6061-aluminum
Fork Marzocchi Drop Off, 130mm-travel
Rims/Wheels Sun Rhyno Lite
Hubs Shimano M525
Spokes 14g stainless-steel
Tires Bontrager Big Earl K, 26 x 2.5
Crankset Bontrager Earl
Chainwheel 32/22 w/bash guard
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore LX
Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 9-speed: 11-34
Shifters Shimano Deore
Handlebars Bontrager Big Earl
Stem Bontrager Big Earl
Brake Levers Hayes
Brakes Hayes HFX-9 hydraulic-disc
Pedals Aluminum BMX
Saddle Bontrager Earl K
Seat Post Bontrager Select

$655
Gary Fisher Tassajara Disc
Frame Gold Series Aluminum, Genesis Geometry
Fork Manitou Axel Platinum, 100mm-travel
Rims/Wheels Bontrager Ranger
Hubs Shimano M525
Spokes 14-gauge stainless-steel
Tires Bontrager Jones XR, 26 x 2.2
Crankset Bontrager Select
Chainwheel 44/32/22
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore LX
Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 9-speed: 11-34
Shifters Shimano Deore
Handlebars Bontrager Crowbar Sport
Tape/Grips Bontrager Race FIT
Stem Bontrager Sport, 10-degree-rise
Brake Levers Hayes Sole XC hydraulic-disc
Brakes Hayes Sole XC hydraulic-disc
Pedals Shimano M505 clipless
Saddle Bontrager Select FIT
Seat Post Bontrager Sport

$800
Gary Fisher Montrare
Frame Platinum-Series ZR9000 Aluminum
Fork Manitou South, 75mm-travel w/lockout
Rims/Wheels Bontrager Superstock Disc 29
Hubs See Rims/Wheels
Spokes See Rims/Wheels
Tires IRC Mythos XC Slick, 700 x 42c
Crankset Bontrager Select
Chainwheel 48/36/26
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Rear Cogs SRAM 950, 9-speed: 11-34
Shifters Shimano Deore LX
Handlebars Bontrager Cruiser Flat
Tape/Grips Bontrager Race Lite
Stem Bontrager Select
Brake Levers Avid FR5
Brakes Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc
Pedals Shimano M505 clipless
Saddle Bontrager Race Luxe
Seat Post Bontrager Select
There are a few others I'm looking at, but those are the main 4.. The site I found them on is
http://www.ddbiciyclesandfitness.com



Thanks a lot..
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Old 07-21-06, 07:45 AM   #2
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Kind of odd to see the Gary fisher GED in there. THey are all xc bikes except the GEd which is more of a dj bike.


From a strictly bang for the buck point of veiw, the "Tassajara Disc" is pretty much on par with all the others component wise that are more expensive. I'd go that route for best value. But, having said that, whatever fits best is the best choice overall.
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This is a strange grouping. The Montaire doesn't really fit with the Scale, Tass, or 6500. What kind of riding are you generally interested in? For a good value on an all around XC bike, I second the Tass. Have you test ridden any of these? If not, that's where I'd start.
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The Trek, the Tass and the Scott are among the ones I'm really looking at. I was thinking the same thing. I'm leaning toward the Tass cause of the price. Mainly because the Trek and Tass have disc brakes. I'm not sure whether the Trek or Tass have the new control arm shifters. I know the Scott does... I like the Scott because it has the dual control arm shifters (integrated with the brake levers) and it also has disc brakes. I'm going to look at them today or tomorrow and see what other features it's got. But my main concern is the frame and the fork on the tess. Are they good..
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The Trek, the Tass and the Scott are among the ones I'm really looking at. I was thinking the same thing. I'm leaning toward the Tass cause of the price. Mainly because the Trek and Tass have disc brakes. I'm not sure whether the Trek or Tass have the new control arm shifters. I know the Scott does... I like the Scott because it has the dual control arm shifters (integrated with the brake levers) and it also has disc brakes. I'm going to look at them today or tomorrow and see what other features it's got. But my main concern is the frame and the fork on the tess. Are they good..
The frame is good... the fork... not so much.
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If you price is not a problem, Scott is the best out of the 5. That's just my opinion. Cuz sooner or later you'll find Manitou Axel to be crap and changing the fork will cost at least $200 or so (new).
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the gary fisher ged sounds good
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I would go with the Scott, or a Trek 6700 -- not the 6500. The Fisher is well spec'd aside from the Manitou fork, which will work alright but I wouldn't bank on it working a year or two later. It's going to be noticeably for flexible than the Tora; I also wouldn't bank on being able to get any sort of parts for it.
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