Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: O-Town, NE
Bikes: Gary Fisher Cobia, Lemond Buenos Aires
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Get the one that you like better. The lower end components will need replaced after a year or two anyway. I think that if you get a bike you don't like as much just for a couple components that are possibly a bit better, you will not be as happy.
I have Deore on my GF Cobia, and it's ok. I have had XTR and there is just no comparison. You don't have to think about shifting with XTR, it just does it.
OH, and bike shops might deal on the older model. I know my LBS guy and he is a super guy. He gives me special pricing on stuff all the time and throws in free stuff with bigger purchases. He also doesn't try to push me for the next better product that is $20 more but not $20 better.