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    2008 gary fisher marlin or 2008 specialized rockhopper buying this weekend..

    Which bike is the best bang for the buck?
    549.99 for the marlin 599.99 for the rock hopper

    rock hopper has a dart 3 fork
    marlin has a dart 2 fork

    rock hopper brakes pro max alloy V
    marlin brakes avid single digit 3 V

    rock hopper front derailleur shimano atlis
    marlin front derailleur shimano deore

    rock hopper rear derailleur shimano alivio
    marlin rear derailleur shimano deore

    rock hopper shifters shimano acera
    marlin shifters shimano deore

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    Member thoakes3's Avatar
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    2007 Specialized RockHopper, (2) 2004 Trek 3500's, 1980 something Fuji Absolute, 1970 something Schwinn Suburban
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    I have a rockhopper ('07), the lockout on the dart 3 is really nice. Both bikes are nice, but ride them first. You can get "buy this one, buy that one" responses all day, but buy the one that fits. The bike that feels right will be the one to get. Good Luck
    2007 Specialized Rockhopper 19"
    2004 Trek 3500 19.5"
    2004 Trek 3500 17.5" (Wifes)
    1970something Schwinn Suburban (Wifes)
    1980something Fuji Absolute 12 spd

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    Senior Member taylor p's Avatar
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    marlin. better brakes,front derailleur,rear derailleur, and shifters

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