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    Another - Help me pick

    OK so after road biking for over 30 years I find myself playing in the mud on a touring bike. I kinda like it and would like to maybe explore some. So If I'm going to do it I should get the right equipment.

    After some looking I set my sights
    I figure to start I should get something with a front suspension but no rear
    Not sure about Disc brakes vs V (It sounds like disc would come before rear suspension)
    I would rather a better drivetrain than low end suspension

    I figure I would be doing some Mud, dirt roads, roots and rocks but nothing real techincal.

    I have set my price point in the neighborhood of $700.

    So far I have seen
    Specialized RockHopper Disk
    Haro V5
    Trek 6500 (non disk)

    Obviously the Trek (an 06) has the better Components but no disk brakes w/disk hubs.
    The Haro while the lowest price seems to have Deore level shifters but low end fork and heavy frame.
    The Specilaized s right in the middle with lower level drive train but a little better fork.

    Thoughts? I guess the real question is should I kick it up to get some mechanical disc brakes?

    Thanks

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    Trek 6500 (non disk) I would take out of the 3

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    I'd go for the 6500 too, i love my 4500, lighter frame, good components, i'm happy enough with my V brakes, but if i ever want to go disc, the frame and wheels are disc ready.

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