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    Van
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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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    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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    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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