I can get both ROCKHOPPER 2003 (the standard, not the comp) and the RAINIER 2003 for the same price.
The store price for the Rainier is $700 and the Rockhopper $450. But I can get both for the same price, cause I have the contacts.
Why is most of the people telling me to get the Rockhopper?
Rockhopper is Specialized. Rainier, GIant.
Rainier comes with Axel Super fork (alu) , Rockhopper comes with the Axel comp (steel).
Rainier is 9 speed and Rockhopper is 8 speed.
Rainier comes with clipless Shimano pedals.
Even with those differences (advantages), most people are saying to get the Rockhopper.
Do you have a different opinion?