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Old 07-28-06, 08:32 AM   #1
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Hardrock Comp Disc VS. Ibex Alpine 650

Hey guys, I'm fairly new here but I've been checking the forums for quite awhile. I'm just looking for some advice on which bike is a better deal, the Hardrock Comp or the Alpine 650. I haven't ridden in several years (since my Giant was ripped off in '01) but am looking to try the sport out again and see how I like it. I've set a firm budget of $600, and these seem to be the best two choices for me. I'm going to be doing mostly trail riding, and maybe some light downhill. I've ridden the Specialized and like it. Obviously I can't test ride the Ibex, but I'm very interested in the brand (lots of good references on mtbr). So any advice on these bikes, or even a bike that's a better deal at that price point is appreciated. Thanks! I'll put the specs below for everyone.



Specialized Hardrock Comp

FRAME Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum, disc only, tig welded, double-butted ORE DT, externally machined head tube, forged disc D/O, w/06 replaceable derailleur hangar

REAR SHOCK None

FORK Marzocchi MZ-3, 100mm, 30mm stanchions, coil/MCU w/ preload adjust

HEADSET 1-1/8" threadless, sealed ball retainer

STEM Specialized Mobius, alloy, 10 degree rise

HANDLEBARS Alloy, 38mm rise, 6 degree upsweep, 8 degree sweep, 640mm width

TAPE Specialized Enduro, Kraton dual compound

FRONT BRAKE Hayes HMX-2 XC, mechanical disc with 6" wave cut rotor

REAR BRAKE Hayes HMX-2 XC, mechanical disc with 6" wave cut rotor

BRAKE LEVERS Hayes HML-1

FRONT DERAILLEUR SRAM 3.0, 34.9mm clamp, top mount, bottom pull

REAR DERAILLEUR SRAM SX-5, 8-speed, mid cage

SHIFT LEVERS SRAM SX-4 trigger, 8-speed

CASSETTE SRAM PG-830, 8-speed, 11-32t

CHAIN Shimano IG-31

CRANKSET Truvativ ISO-Flo, Power Spline, alloy, capless bolts

CHAINRINGS 22t/32t heat treated Cro-Mo/42t Cro-Mo

BOTTOM BRACKET Truvativ Power Spline, 68x113mm, sealed cartridge bearing with double crank stops

PEDALS Specialized alloy platform with 9/16" Cr-Mo spindle

RIMS SUN DitchWitch, double wall, 36h, eyelets

FRONT HUB Joy-Tech, disc, 36h, ground race double sealed loose ball w/ alloy QR

REAR HUB Joy-Tech, disc cassette, 36h, ground race double sealed loose ball w/ alloy QR


Ibex Alpine 650

Frame: 6061 Aluminum

Fork: Manitou Axel Super 80mm w/ Lockout

Shifters: Shimano Deore Rapidfire

Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore

Rear Derailleur: Shimano LX

Crankset: Shimano M440

Cassette: SRAM PG-950

Chain: KMC Z9200

Brakes: Tektro Io Dics

Levers: Tektro Quartz Adjustable

Rims: Sun Rhyno Lite

Hubs: Shimano XT

Tires: Kenda - 26" x 1.95

Cockpit Set: Alloy

Saddle: Rockwerks ATB Gel

Pedals: HTI Alloy Platform
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Old 07-28-06, 08:43 AM   #2
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If you want to go fast/race, I believe the Ibex would be a better choice, along with better components. I Except the fork. But the frame's ook. If you want to do some technical stuff like small jumps, I;d go with the Hardrock. I would feel better riding the Specialized over Ibex.
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Old 07-29-06, 09:21 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input. I'm leaning towards the Hardrock as well, because it's a more established name, and because I was able to ride it before buying.
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